Canada offers you plenty of options to move to the country with your family, shows the latest data on family immigration to Canada. Canada welcomed a total of 64200 spouse and partner immigrants in the year 2021. Of this total number, Ontario alone welcomed around 29000 spouse and partner immigrants, which is around 45 percent of the total number. British Columbia and Quebec are the two other provinces which welcomed the highest number of spouse and partner immigrants — 12000 and 11000 respectively. This is despite the fact that the processing times of spouse/partner visa applications increased significantly during the pandemic period. However, Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said in January 2022 that spouse/partner sponsorship stream was one of the first immigration streams which were brought back to a service standard of 12 months after the border restrictions were relaxed.
In 2022, Canada is planning to welcome 80000 new immigrants through the permanent residence streams for spouses, partners and children. This will constitute the majority of the total number of 105000 family class immigrants to be welcomed by Canada in 2022. The remaining number of immigrants will be welcomed through Parents and Grandparents Program. To make the process of bringing families to Canada easier, more efficient and transparent for permanent residents and citizens, Canada has also launched an application tracker for family sponsorship candidates. The applicants can now know the status of their application real time online.
Eligibility requirements for sponsoring spouse/partner
To be eligible to sponsor your spouse/partner for Canada migration, you must meet the following requirements:
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Be living in Canada
- Not receiving any social assistance other than for a disability
- Be able to meet the basic needs of those being sponsored
To be eligible to be sponsored, a common-law partner must meet the following requirements:
- Not legally married to the sponsor
- Minimum age of 18 years
- Should be living with the sponsor for at least 12 consecutive months in a conjugal relationship
At the same time, a conjugal partner can be of either sex and meet the following requirements:
- Should not be legally married or in a common-law relationship with the sponsor
- Have a minimum age of 18 years
- Should be in a relationship with the sponsor for at least one year
- Should be living outside Canada
- Unable to live in the sponsor in the country of residence owing to legal or immigration reasons such as marital status, sexual orientation or persecution.
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