Do you have family members overseas who would like to live permanently in Canada? Depending on your status in Canada, you may be eligible to sponsor their immigration. If you are interested in learning more about whether you are eligible to act as a sponsor for a relative, the Immigration Lawyers at Brace Law have answered your top Sponsorship questions. Read on for answers to our most-asked questions.

1. How do I know if I’m eligible to sponsor someone?

To be eligible to sponsor certain relatives, you must meet certain requirements such as be 18 years of age or old or hold a specific status in Canada. For more information on sponsorship requirements, contact the immigration lawyers at Brace Law.

2. What are my responsibilities when I sponsor a relative?

You must meet certain requirements such as providing financial support and meet set income guidelines.

3. How long am I financially responsible for the family member I sponsored?

You are financially responsible for the person you sponsor from the day they become a permanent resident till the “length of the undertaking,” which varies based on the relationship with the person you sponsor.

4. What is a complex family sponsorship application?

Your application may be considered complex in instances where your dependant(s) turned 18 since you applied or got married and had children of their own. To find out if you require a complex family sponsorship application, contact our immigration lawyers at Brace Law.

5. What is a common-law partner for the purposes of my spousal sponsorship application?

A common-law partner is  an individual who is cohabiting for one year.

6. How can we prove we have been together for at least 12 months?

You may provide evidence to support your application such as showing shared ownership of residential property or bills for shared utility accounts.

7. Can I sponsor a refugee?

You cannot sponsor a refugee on your own. They are eligible to be sponsored through private groups authorized under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (PSRP), including organizations or groups of five.

8. Who is eligible for sponsorship under the PSRP?

You must meet certain requirements such as being outside of Canada and meet the definition of a refugee class under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

We hope that we have answered your questions about Sponsorship, and that you are more comfortable with the process and what it means to be a Sponsor. If you continue to have questions, would like more information on the sponsorship process, or are interested in learning more about other Canadian immigration topics, Brace Law’s Immigration Lawyers are here to help! Visit our Immigration Information page if you are interested in working, living, or studying in Canada.

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