Spouse Sponsorship

Spouse Sponsorship Lawyers in Edmonton

 Sponsor your spouse to Canada with the help of the Pilkington Law Firm. Rely on our knowledgeable spouse sponsorship lawyers in Edmonton for guidance and support to achieve a Canadian spouse visa. 

The Spousal Sponsorship Category

This involves individuals who are sponsoring spouses to come to Canada either through marriage, as common-law spouses, or as conjugal partners. This process may be conducted inside or outside of Canada depending on the circumstances of the couple. Processing times vary through Citizenship and Immigration Canada depending on whether the process is handled entirely at a Case Processing Centre in Canada or is concluded at 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.

Minimum Requirements & Ineligibility

Unlike other family categories, spousal sponsorships do not require a minimum income by the sponsor; however, the sponsor can become ineligible to sponsor if they:

  • Are on social assistance for reasons other than disability.
  • Sponsored in the past individuals who ended up on social assistance.
  • Have committed violent crimes in the past against family members.
  • Are undischarged bankrupt.

It is important to thoroughly analyze your individual situation with an immigration lawyer before proceeding.

The Spousal Sponsorship through Marriage

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 different 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

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.

The Conjugal Partner Classification

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.

Inland Spousal Sponsorship

This program makes it is possible for Canadian citizens or permanent residents who live with their spouses to apply to sponsor them.

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Call our office or submit the form on this website to start the process to apply for a Canada dependent Visa for your spouse. Our knowledgeable lawyers are ready to assist you every step of the way.


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