Navigating the process of sponsoring a spouse for immigration to Canada can be complex. However, with the right guidance, such as from an experienced Immigration Consultant, the process can be made smoother. This article will guide you through the different stages an Inland Spousal Sponsorship application goes through.
Stage 1: Preparation and Submission of Application
The first stage involves gathering all necessary documents and filling out the application forms. The application package for Spousal Sponsorship Canada includes forms for both the sponsor and the person being sponsored. Once the application package is complete, it is submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Stage 2: Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR)
After the application is submitted, IRCC sends an Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR). This confirms that they have received the application and it is in the queue for review.
Stage 3: Eligibility Assessment of the Sponsor
The next stage involves assessing the eligibility of the sponsor. IRCC checks if the sponsor meets the necessary requirements, such as being a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, being at least 18 years old, and having the financial ability to support the person being sponsored.
Stage 4: Review of the Relationship
IRCC then reviews the evidence provided to confirm the genuineness of the relationship between the sponsor and the person being sponsored. This may include photographs, communication history, joint bank accounts, etc.
Stage 5: Medical, Security, and Criminal Checks
The person being sponsored must undergo medical examinations and security and criminal checks. These checks are to ensure that the person does not pose a risk to Canada’s health or security.
Stage 6: Decision on the Application
After all checks are completed, a decision is made on the application. If approved, the person being sponsored becomes a permanent resident of Canada.
Stage 7: Issuance of Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and Permanent Resident Visa
The final stage involves issuing the Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and a Permanent Resident Visa (if the person being sponsored is from a country that requires a visa to enter Canada).
While the application is being processed, the person being sponsored can apply for an open work permit, allowing them to work in Canada. The processing times can vary and may take up to 12 months or more. It’s important to check the latest processing times on the IRCC website.