What does it mean to sponsor?
When you agree to sponsor, you must sign a contract called anundertaking. The undertaking is a promise to provide financial support for your spouse or common-law partners basic requirements and those of his or her family members. Basic requirements are food, clothing, shelter and other needs for everyday living.
Dental care, eye care and other health needs not covered by public health services are also included. The undertaking ensures the applicant and his or her dependent children do not have to apply for social assistance.
Your obligations as a sponsor begin as soon as you sign the undertaking. The chart below will help you determine for how long your undertaking will be valid.
If payments from a federal, provincial or municipal assistance program are made while the undertaking is valid, you will be considered to bein default. You may have to repay to the government concerned any benefits received by the applicant. You will not be allowed to sponsor other relatives.
Whom may I sponsor?
You may sponsor someone as yourspouse if he or she meets the requirements in columns A and C. You may sponsor someone as your common-law partner if he or she meets the requirements in columns B and C.
B: Common-law partner
C: Both spouse and common-law partner
In addition, you maynot sponsor a person as your common-law partner if:
unless you have lived apart from that spouse for at least one year
*If you are a permanent resident charged with a criminal offence and the courts could sentence you to a jail term of more than six months, your sponsorship application will not be dealt with until the court makes a final decision.
In order to sponsor you must:
You may NOT sponsor if:
You are not eligible to sponsor if you are in default of a previous legal agreement. If you are in default and you submit an application to sponsor, it will be refused and the sponsorship fees you have paid will neither be refunded nor applied to subsequent sponsorships.
If you are in default of: a previous sponsorship undertaking. Relatives you sponsored in the past have received social assistance or welfare while the undertaking was valid.
If you are in default of: an immigration loan. You received a transportation, assistance or Right of Permanent Residence fee (previously called the Right of Landing fee) loan and have missed payments or are in arrears.
If you are in default of: any support payment obligations. You were ordered by a court to make support payments to your spouse or child and have neglected to do so.
If you are in default of: a performance bond. You agreed to pay money to guarantee that an immigrant would fulfil his or her obligations under immigration legislation.
How to Apply to Sponsor
If you think you are eligible to sponsor your spouse or common-law partner, follow the four steps outlined below. Your completed application must include:
If the forms and supporting documents are incomplete, your application will be returned to you.
STEP 1.There is only one copy of each form included in this guide. Before you begin, make enough photocopies of the blank forms for your needs. If you live in any part of Canada except Quebec, use the chart below to determine how many of each form you will need.
*If your spouse or common-law partner has dependent children who have children of their own, do not complete this form.Complete the form, Financial Evaluation (5482) instead.
If you and your spouse or common-law partner live in Quebec and you both intend to continue living there, complete only the following forms:
STEP 2.Give your spouse or common-law partner part two of the guide. It will list the forms he or she must complete for the permanent residence application. Your spouse or common-law partner must also provide supporting documents, including proof that he or she has undergone a medical examination.
STEP 3.Collect the documents you need to support your application. The Checklist will tell you which supporting documents must be originals and which should be photocopies. It will also tell you which require translation or certification (notarization).
Use theChecklist to make sure that you have included all of the required documents. We may request more information at any time during the process, even if the requested information is not listed on the Checklist.
STEP 4.Gather your spouse or common-law partners forms together with yours. Make sure all forms are completed and signed and are accompanied by the supporting documents, including proof of the medical examination and your receipt. Send everything to:
The envelope will require more postage than a normal letter. To avoid having your application returned to you, have the post office weigh it before mailing.
Sponsors must pay all fees associated with the processing of their case and granting of permanent resident status to their spouse or common-law partners. In addition to these fees, Quebec residents will have to pay provincial fees to process the undertaking they submit to the MRCI.
Applicant's status in Canada
To ensure that you have legal status in Canada, you should apply to extend your immigration status while your application for permanent residence is in process. You have legal status for the period of time indicated on a visitor document (work permit, study permit, visitor record) or temporary resident permit. Use the guide, Applying to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada to apply for an extension. It is available at our Web site or by calling a Call Centre as indicated on the Contact Information page. You should apply for your extension at least two months before your immigration status expires.
You must include all dependent children from your current and previous relationships, whether they are in Canada or not, in this application. To be considered dependent, the child must meet the criteria listed in column D and any one of columns A, B or C below.
Be under the age of 22 and not have a spouse or common-law partner
Depend substially on the financial support of a parent and been continuously enrolled and in attendance as full-time students in a government- accredited post secondary institution since before the age of 22 (or since becoming a spouse or a common-law partner, if this happened before the age of 22)
Depend substantially on the financial support of a parent since before the age of 22 and unable to provide for themselves due to a medical condition.
Meet the definition of "dependent children" both at the time the application is made and at the time the visa is issued. However, children in column A can be older than 22 when the visa is issued, as long as they were under 22 at the time of application.
Note: Child custody disputes must be resolved before you submit your application.
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