Marrying A Canadian Citizen: Spousal Sponsorship from LA

One of the questions we are asked most by people who want to immigrate to Canada (including from the United States) is, what happens when I marry a Canadian citizen? When someone like an American citizen marries a Canadian citizen, their Canadian citizen spouse can sponsor them for permanent residency, which is similar to a United States green card. However, this is not an easy process and there are many strict requirements that must be met before one can sponsor someone else. 

Sponsoring a Spouse to Canada

There are two major requirements you must meet before you can sponsor someone to Canada as a spouse. First, you must be a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident and be able to prove this. Secondly, you must demonstrate to the government of Canada that you are financially stable and earn enough money to take care of your spouse when they arrive in Canada. Your spouse will be your financial responsibility, and the term “sponsor” is taken quite literally in this sense. You need to sign a sponsorship agreement with the government ensuring your are taking financial responsibility for them. If you were to divorce, for example, and your spouse went on social assistance – you would be responsible for paying that money back.

Spousal Sponsorship lawyers in Canada

A spouse that is being sponsored to Canada receives conditional permanent resident status. Essentially, they are on probation for a period of two years so that the government can be sure that your marriage is “legitimate”. This type of conditional permanent resident status doesn’t differ any from regular permanent resident status, but it can be revoked at any time if the marriage breaks up.

Spousal sponsorship is not easy – it is one of the most commonly denied types of immigration applications. If you are wanting to sponsor your spouse, or your spousal sponsorship application was denied, contact a licensed immigration lawyer for assistance. We would be glad to assist you!

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