Can I stay in Canada if I have a criminal record?
Occasionally, applicants wishing to be sponsored have had criminal convictions, but have come into Canada undetected by the border authorities. They may either have lived with a Canadian common law partner or even be married and are now considering a permanent application. The criminal conviction must be dealt with first, by what is called a[…]
New Spousal Document Checklist – Part 2 – Effective January 31, 2017
With the new sponsorship application procedures streamlined, the immigration department has also revamped the documents needed for common law applications. IF YOU ARE COMMON-LAW AND CURRENTLY LIVING TOGETHER (or have lived together for 12 full months), provide the following: Joint ownership of residential property or joint residential leases or joint rental agreements listing both of[…]
New Spousal Document Checklist – Effective January 31, 2017
With the new application process for spousal applications effective January 31, 2017, the first questions asked by immigration are as follows. Are you and your spouse currently living together? Do you or your spouse have at least one child together? Is this a first marriage for both you and your sponsor? Have you and your[…]
Changes to the Spousal/Common law Sponsorship program – January 31, 2017
Starting January 31, 2017, the Immigration Department has initiated changes to make spousal sponsorships more expeditious, faster and streamlined. As Operational Bulletin 633 indicates the objective is to “ facilitate faster processing and improve the client experience”. In general, the summary of changes to the application process include: 1. Simplified and streamlined guides, kits and[…]