In 2015 Canada expects to approve 68,000 new permanent residents sponsored by their parents, spouses, and common-law or conjugal partners. Canada also expects to approve as many as 3,800 “Super visas” to parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Will you or your family members be among them?
Keeping families together and uniting families in Canada is perhaps the primary objective of Canada’s immigration system. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are allowed to sponsor an application for permanent residence where the applicant is the sponsor’s:
- Child under 18 years of age and not in a marriage or common-law relationship.
- Husband or wife or partner (including homosexual relationships),
- Common Law partner point(including homosexual relationships)
- Conjugal partner (Including homosexual relationships) [ a “conjugal partnership” exists where two adults intend to live together (co-habit), are unable to do so for reasons outside their control, but they have, for at least 12 consecutive months, nevertheless mingled their affairs as much as possible given their current circumstances.]
Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents.
Canadians cannot sponsor their parents or grandparents for permanent residence but can sponsor their parents or grandparents for long term visitor status (up to two years), called a “super visa”. Other relatives must apply for entry to Canada on their own merits although sometimes having family in Canada is considered one positive factor among other factors.
Unless spouses or partners have Canadian citizen children in common, the sponsored spouse must co-habit with the Canadian spouse for a minimum of 24 months from the day the foreign spouse received his or her permanent residence status or the foreign spouse may lose his or her permanent resident status.