Spousal Sponsorship in Quebec 2023: Requirements, Eligibility, and Process

As a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner to come to Quebec and live with you. This process is known as spousal sponsorship, and it allows you to reunite with your loved one in Canada. In this article, we will discuss the requirements, eligibility criteria, and process for spousal sponsorship in Quebec 2023.

The Requirements for Spousal Sponsorship in Quebec 2023

You can become a sponsor if you

  • at least 18 years old
  • a Canadian citizen, a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or a permanent resident,
  • living in Canada:
  • if you’re a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you must show that you plan to live in Canada when your sponsored relative becomes a permanent resident.
  • You can’t sponsor someone if you’re a permanent resident living outside of Canada.
  • able to prove that you are not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability, and;
  • You must also be able to show that you can provide basic needs for:
  • yourself,
  • your spouse or partner,
  • your spouse or partner’s dependent child(ren) (if applicable)
  • your dependent child(ren) (if you’re sponsoring only your dependent child).

You may not be able to become a sponsor if you

  • are sponsoring a spouse or partner but you signed an undertaking for a previous spouse or partner and it hasn’t been three years since they became a permanent resident,
  • previously sponsored someone and did not pay back any social assistance that they received while the undertaking was in place.
  • are in default on an immigration loan or a performance bond
  • did not pay court-ordered alimony or child support
  • have declared bankruptcy which has not been discharged
  • were convicted of an offence of a sexual nature,
  • a violent crime,
  • an offence against a relative that caused bodily harm or
  • threatened or attempted to commit any of the above offences-depending on the nature of the offence, how long ago it happened and if you received a pardon
  • are sponsoring a spouse or partner and you were previously sponsored as a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner and became a permanent resident of Canada less than five years ago
  • are under a removal order,
  • are in a penitentiary, jail, reformatory or prison,
  • have already applied to sponsor your current spouse or partner and haven’t received a decision.

The Process for Spousal Sponsorship in Quebec 2023

  • If you live in Quebec: you must first send IRCC your application.
  • If you meet the federal requirements to apply for sponsorship, IRCC will send you an email or letter with instructions to download Quebec’s sponsorship kit.
  • fill out and submit Quebec’s undertaking kit. You must attach a copy of the email or letter IRCC sent you to the undertaking application that you submit to the Quebec government.
  • If your spouse or partner’s dependent child has dependent children of their own, you must show your financial ability to meet the terms of the sponsorship undertaking.
  • The Quebec government will review your sponsorship application and tell you if you’re eligible. The Quebec government may deem that you’re not eligible if:
  • you didn’t meet the terms of a sponsorship agreement in the past because the person you sponsored received social assistance and you haven’t repaid the Quebec government;
  • during the five years before you submitted your sponsorship application, you didn’t pay alimony or child support even though a court ordered it;
  • You didn’t follow other conditions imposed by the Quebec authorities or with any federal regulatory requirements, particularly if you received social assistance and aren’t exempt from that condition.
  • IRCC can’t make a decision on your application until IRCC receives Quebec’s decision about your undertaking application.
  • The Quebec government will inform IRCC if you are approved as a sponsor.
  • Spousal sponsorship is a complex process that requires careful preparation and attention to detail. By understanding the eligibility criteria, requirements, and process for spousal sponsorship in Quebec in 2023, you can increase your chances of a successful sponsorship application and bring your loved one to Canada.

In summary, spousal sponsorship in Canada is a complex process that requires careful preparation and attention to detail. By understanding the eligibility criteria, requirements, and process for spousal sponsorship in Quebec in 2023, you can increase your chances of a successful sponsorship application and bring your loved one to Canada.

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Loujin Khalil
Loujin Khalil

Founder, RCIC-IRB.
LMRT Immigration Services.

Loujin Khalil is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC-IRB) and member of The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC).

With expertise in asylum and refugee applications, he represents clients before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), covering the Refugee Protection Division, Refugee Appeal Division, Immigration Division, and Immigration Appeal Division.

Areas of Expertise:
• Refugee Claim Applications (complex cases involving multiple nationalities, criminality, and exclusion 1F, 1E issues).
• Business Immigration Programs (Entrepreneur streams, Start-Up Visa…etc.).
• Family, Spousal and parents’ sponsorship.
• Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA).

For expert immigration consultation in Montreal, contact Loujin Khalil:
Email: [email protected]
Tel:+14387006165

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