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Understanding Family Sponsorship with GM Law

Family sponsorship is a cornerstone of Canada’s immigration policy, underlining the country’s commitment to keeping families together. Through the family sponsorship program, Canadian citizens and permanent residents have the opportunity to sponsor their loved ones to join them in Canada as permanent residents.

While the prospect of bringing your family members to Canada is exciting, the process involves several legal intricacies. At GM Law, we guide you through these complexities, ensuring that your family sponsorship application aligns with the requirements set forth by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Key Considerations for Family Sponsorship

When embarking on a family sponsorship journey, there are several elements to consider:

Sponsor Eligibility: Not everyone can sponsor a family member for Canadian immigration. The sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, at least 18 years old, and be living in Canada. Further, they must demonstrate financial ability to support the sponsored family member for a specified duration.

Sponsored Relative’s Eligibility: The person being sponsored must also meet certain criteria depending on their relationship with the sponsor and the specific family class under which they are being sponsored.

Documentation: The family sponsorship process requires extensive documentation to demonstrate the relationship between the sponsor and the sponsored person and to establish the sponsor’s financial ability. These documents must be correctly prepared and submitted to ensure the application’s success.

Financial Commitment: The sponsor must be prepared to support the sponsored person financially for a specific period of time. This undertaking ensures that the sponsored person will not need to seek financial assistance from the government.

Spousal Sponsorship

Among the various forms of family sponsorship, spousal sponsorship is one of the most common. This program allows Canadian citizens or permanent residents to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner to immigrate to Canada.

To qualify for spousal sponsorship, the relationship must be genuine and not primarily for the purpose of immigration. The couple must be legally married or have lived together in a conjugal relationship for at least one year. The sponsor must also meet the aforementioned eligibility requirements.

Family Sponsorship Programs at GM Law

At GM Law, we specialize in various family sponsorship programs, including spousal sponsorship, parental and grandparental sponsorship, and sponsorship of dependent children. We guide you in identifying the most suitable program based on your unique circumstances and help you navigate the application process for that program.

Spousal Sponsorship: A cornerstone of our family sponsorship services, the spousal sponsorship program allows you, as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, to sponsor your spouse or common-law partner to immigrate to Canada. We guide you through the application process, ensuring your relationship is appropriately documented and presented.

Parental and Grandparental Sponsorship: Through this program, you can sponsor your parents or grandparents for Canadian permanent residency. Given the high demand for this program, it operates on a lottery system. Our team not only assists with the application process but also helps you navigate the lottery system, maximizing your chances of success.

Dependent Children Sponsorship: This program facilitates the reunion of parents and their dependent children. If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with children living abroad, GM Law can assist you in sponsoring your children to join you in Canada.

Other Relatives Sponsorship: Although the family sponsorship program primarily focuses on immediate family members like spouses, parents, and children, there are special provisions for the sponsorship of other relatives in certain situations. For instance, if you have no other relatives in Canada and abroad, you may be able to sponsor a relative of any age. GM Law can advise you on these special provisions and assist you with the related application process.

In each of these programs, our services extend beyond just submitting the application. We provide comprehensive support, from the initial assessment of your eligibility and the eligibility of the person being sponsored to preparing a thorough application, responding to IRCC inquiries, and preparing you for the final stages of the immigration process

The GM Law Advantage in Your Family Sponsorship Journey

Navigating the family sponsorship process can be overwhelming, given the rigorous eligibility requirements, extensive documentation, and strict deadlines. At GM Law, we bring our expertise to simplify this journey for you.

Our team provides expert advice on the family sponsorship process, including determining your eligibility, understanding your obligations as a sponsor, and navigating the application process.

We assist you in preparing a complete and accurate sponsorship application. This includes helping you gather the necessary documents, complete the application forms, and prepare the supporting documents.

After the application is submitted, we continue to provide support by monitoring the status of your application, responding to any inquiries from IRCC, and preparing you for the next steps once your application is approved.

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