Spouse Sponsorship

Spouse Sponsorship Lawyers in Toronto, ON

The Spousal Sponsorship category involves individuals who are sponsoring spouses to come to Canada, either through the marriage, as common-law spouses, or as conjugal partners. If you’re attempting to sponsor your spouse to Canada, come to Pilkington Law Firm. Our spouse sponsorship lawyers in Toronto are here to ensure that you get the quality care and attention your case needs.

The process may be conducted inside or outside of Canada depending on the circumstances of the couple. Processing times vary through Citizenship and immigration to Canada depending on whether or not the process is handled entirely at the Case Processing Centre in Canada or a consulate abroad. For those who have initiated such a process inside Canada, the sponsored spouse is eligible under current regulations to receive an open work permit, which is a major advantage. Whether you need a Canada spousal visa, a Canada dependent visa for a spouse, or an inland spousal sponsorship, our Canadian immigration lawyers are here to help guide you.

Unlike other family categories, spousal sponsorships do not require a minimum income by the sponsor, but the sponsor can become ineligible to sponsor if they are on social assistance for reasons other than disability, if they sponsored individuals in the past who ended up on social assistance, if they have committed violent crimes in the past against family members, or if they are undischarged bankrupt. It is important to thoroughly analyze your situation with an immigration attorney before proceeding.

The spousal sponsorship through marriage requires a valid marriage certificate as well as supporting documentation as to the genuine and bonafide nature of the marital relationship. This can be proven in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, photographs, affidavits from friends and family, telephone records, and other forms of correspondence.

The spousal sponsorship through common law requires the couple to have lived together for one year continuously and have co-mingled their affairs through joint bank accounts or leases and otherwise conducted themselves in a way that friends and family believed them to be married.

Finally, the conjugal partner classification for a spousal sponsorship is appropriate only in those very limited circumstances when it is not possible to marry or live as common law for a year due to a barrier outside both the sponsor and the sponsored spouse’s control. This can include but is not limited to religious, legal, or immigration barriers.

Navigating through the ins and outs of the immigration process can be confusing and time-consuming. Our firm of dedicated cross-border attorneys is here to offer legal guidance for you and your spouse when you need it the most. Reach out to the staff at Pilkington Law Firm - Toronto to set up an appointment to discuss your spousal sponsorship options.


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