How to Sponsor a Foreign Spouse to Immigrate to Canada
By Jennifer McFadyen, eHow Editor
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may sponsor your foreign spouse’s immigration to Canada. The application consists of two parts: an application by the Canadian citizen or resident for sponsorship, and an application by the foreign spouse for permanent residence. You are eligible to apply whether you currently reside within or outside of Canada, although you and your spouse must take up residence in Canada upon approval. The applications for both sponsorship and permanent residence should be filled out and sent at the same time.
Step1 Determine your eligibility. An application for Family Class sponsorship can be made if your spouse lives inside or outside Canada. If you live in Quebec, you must also meet Quebec immigration sponsorship requirements.
Step2Prepare the application kit and include any necessary documents. Step3Pay the fee and get the necessary receipt. Step4Mail the application form and documents. Step5After applying, the sponsor is notified that the application has been received and the Case Processing Centre will review your sponsorship application. Step6Once approved, your spouse's application for permanent residence will be processed. If your spouse is applying for permanent residence from outside Canada, the Case Processing Centre will send the application by courier to the appropriate visa office in your spouse's home country. Step7Your spouse may now travel to Canada. At the point of entry, show your travel documents, Confirmation of Permanent Residence and your permanent resident visa to the immigration officer. Step8The officer will make sure your travel and immigration documents are correct, ask you some questions and then approve your entry. Your permanent resident card will be mailed to your new, Canadian address.