Sponsoring my spouse?

Old Dec 13th 2009, 7:20 am
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I'm getting a bit ahead of myself here as I'm only in the process of applying for Citizenship myself, I'm assuming that any citizen can sponsor their spouse & kids?

What kind of evidence do they need to proove the relationship? I'm not sure whether or not we even have any pics of ourselves prior to us getting married (may have one though & lots of the wedding). We don't have any old bank statements from prior to getting married, but I'm sure I could get a letter from the bank confirming the date the account was opened by both of us. We're married 6 years, together 8 & have 3 kids & considering I was only eligible to apply for citizenship since early this year it's not possible that he married me just for the visa

Do family have to write a letter about our relationship? What would that say?

We have a bad credit history from a few years ago, all was sorted out in time & debts settled but I think it's still registered against us, or possibly just me, Would this be a problem?

Finally, he has an arm injury & has been off work since last year. He'll be re-training so will be then fit to work in Canada. Could he be refused entry on medical grounds? He's on Aspirin daily, no ther meds & surgery isn't an option. Just live with it really & it won't get to a stage where he needs medical intervention.

Edited to add: we'll be applying from here & will be travelling together. Do I have to be living in Canada to sponsor him?

Sorry for all the questions, we've just started out on this path & find all the paperwork a bit daunting. Any advice much appreciated.
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Not done this myself, but from what you say it doesn't sound too hard for you to prove the relationship. The medical issue, I think you would only know if it is ok once the medical is actually done.

I expect others with personal experience will be along soon.

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http://www.cic.gc.ca/English/immigra...-apply-who.asp

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You have been together for 8 years, married for 6 and just eligible for citizenship in Canada, is that right? Were you together and had children prior to taking PR in Canada? If you were you should have declared them on your application then.

A PR can sponsor a spouse, don't have to be a citizen.
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Old Dec 13th 2009, 6:35 pm
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You have been together for 8 years, married for 6 and just eligible for citizenship in Canada, is that right? Were you together and had children prior to taking PR in Canada? If you were you should have declared them on your application then.

A PR can sponsor a spouse, don't have to be a citizen.
Sorry I don't think I was clear in my first post. We're not living in Canada, never been actually! I'm eligible for Canadian Citizenship as my Father spent many years living & working there & got Citizenship. The laws changed earlier this year allowing me Citizehsnip; prior to this I was not eligible as I was adopted pre-1979.

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Canadian citizens do not have to be resident in Canada to sponsor their spouse and children to move to Canada.
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If you look at the forms, they will ask you lots of questions about how your relationship developed, have you met each other's families, etc? It looks daunting initially but is pretty straightforward when you go to write it down. They specifically ask for photos of the wedding, reception and honeymoon (although I didn't actually have any of us together on our honeymoon - one person was always taking the pictures!).

Other then that, I included a couple copies of various bills with our joint names on them (council tax, bank account) and a copy of our mortgage agreement. I didn't include any letters from friends and relatives, or evidence of telephone bills to each other (don't have any since we're on pay as you go) or evidence of flights to visit each other (since we live together). It all seemed to be accepted.
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hello

i wouldn't worry about the medical side of things. spouses do not get refused entry on the medical, unless there is such a problem as disease etc which may affect others etc etc... something along that line anyways.

i was sponsored to come here by my canadian husband. i have had cancer and i have other medical conditions, the dr who did the medical in canada said,
'wow you just about tick all the boxes. don't worry tho, they may call for further information, but other than that you will be fine, lucky you are being sponsored by your husband.'

i did include a letter to the dr from my oncology specialist in australia. stating when and what etc.

also..my husband and i had no joint accounts of any kind...the house ..the bills etc...all in his name.....we had a small wedding ..his 2 kids and one friend. we submited about 2 photos with the application.

i'd suggest downloading the forms on line and read through them. it will give you a better idea of what is required. make sure you look at the right ones and dont' get confused with common law/spouse as they require a lot more evidence in the way of joint accounts and such to prove legit relationship.

bottom line is...be honest about everything...dont' stress about the process... and good luck.
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i wouldn't obsess too much about the forms, as long as you have wedding certificates, birth certificates etc then that should be good enough.

as other people have said, go through all the guides before starting on the foms. then when you're cmpletely confused i'd get on here and start looking for answers !!

my wife sponsored me and we put the forms in at the start of october. i had a whole pile of documents, the certificates etc., but i didn't bother with wedding pictures, engagement stories and all the rest. unbelievably i got an email today asking for my passport as its all approved - if our experience is anything to go by you could be ready to go in a few months
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Old Dec 16th 2009, 7:49 am
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Thanks so much for all the replies, it helps alot! It's nice to hear that the medical shouldn't be too much of a problem as I had begun to worry about that. There's so much paperwork I'm drowing! I'm sending off for my citizenship cert in Jan & once I have that we'll work on PR for himself & the kids. No doubt I'll have many more questions, but hopefully the process will be straightforward enough.
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