Canada Set To Welcome 80,000 Spouses, Partners and Children As Family Class Immigrants In 2022

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Canada immigration news: Canada’s latest Immigration Levels Plan targets 80,000 through permanent residence streams for spouses, partners and children in 2022.

That number represents the majority of the 105,000 Family Class immigrants set to be welcomed this year, with the remainder coming through the Parents and Grandparents Program.

It shows that there are plenty of options for Canadian citizens and permanent residents looking to bring their families to Canada.


Immigration Levels Plans For Spouses, Partners and Children

2022

2023

2024

Spouses, Partners and Children

80,000

81,000

81,000


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Spousal reunification was one of the many immigration streams that saw a significant rise in processing times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said in January that the stream was one of the first to return to the 12-month service standard for processing.

Other categories, including those for Federal High Skilled workers, still have processing times far in excess of that service standard. 

Family Sponsorship Applicants Can Check Application Status

Meanwhile, Canada recently launched a new application tracker for family sponsorship candidates to check the status of their immigration file

For the initial launch, which happened in February, the tracker is available for permanent residence applicants in the spouse, partner and dependent child categories. 


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Applicants for permanent residence in the family sponsorship categories are now able to use this tracker to check the status of their applications.

“This new tool will allow people to easily check their application status online, and is available for spousal, partners or dependent children categories,” tweeted Fraser at the time. “We’re also working to provide a similar tracker for other programs.”


Who Is Eligible To Sponsor Their Spouse, Common-Law or Conjugal Partner?

Sponsors must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
    • Canadian citizens living outside Canada must show they plan to live in Canada when the sponsored person(s) become permanent residents.
    • Permanent residents living outside Canada cannot be sponsors.
  • Be able to prove they are not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability.
  • Be able to provide for the basic needs of those being sponsored.

Who Can Be Sponsored?

The person being sponsored and their family members must pass background, security and medical checks.

Spouse

A spouse can be either sex and must be:

  • Legally married to the sponsor.
  • At least 18 years old.

Common-Law Partner

A common-law partner can be either sex and must:

  • Be not legally married to the sponsor.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have been living with the sponsor for at least 12 consecutive months in a conjugal relationship without any long periods apart.

Proof of a common-law relationship includes:

  • Shared ownership of residential property.
  • Joint leases or rental agreements.
  • Bills for shared utility accounts.
  • Important documents showing the same address, such as driver’s licenses or insurance policies.
  • Identification documents.

Conjugal Partner

A conjugal partner can be either sex and must:

  • Be not legally married or in a common-law relationship with the sponsor.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have been in a relationship with the sponsor for at least 1 year.
  • Live outside Canada.
  • Be not able to live with the sponsor in their country of residence or marry the sponsor because of significant legal and immigration reasons, such as marital status, sexual orientation or persecution.

Who Is Eligible To Sponsor Their Dependent Children?

Sponsors must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
    • Canadian citizens living outside Canada must show they plan to live in Canada when the sponsored person(s) become permanent residents.
    • Permanent residents living outside Canada cannot be sponsors.
  • Be able to prove they are not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability.
  • Be able to provide for the basic needs of those being sponsored.

To sponsor a dependent child, the sponsor must be financially responsible for the sponsored person(s).

Person you sponsor

Length of undertaking

Dependent child (biological or adopted) or child to be adopted in Canada under 22 years of age.

10 years, or until age 25, whichever comes first

Dependent child 22 years of age or older

3 years

Who Can Be Sponsored?

To qualify as dependents, children must:

  • Be under 22 years old.
  • Not have a spouse or common-law partner.

To qualify as dependents, children 22 years old or older must:

  • Be unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition.
  • Have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22.

If they qualify as a dependent, candidates can sponsor their:

  • Own child.
  • Spouse or partner and their child.
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Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.