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When I started getting into trouble I became pretty acclimated to legal procedures. Calling my attorney and working out bail was just another way to spend a Saturday night. Unfortunately, the stiffer the charges, the more difficult it was to talk my way out of a bad situation. After so many charges, I found myself slapped with a long jail sentence, and I realized that I wanted to turn things around. Fortunately, my lawyer was able to walk me through yet another process, so that I could make the right changes. My blog discusses how to emotionally cope with legal issues so that you can start living a good life.



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What You Need To Know About Sponsoring A Family Member For A Canadian Visa

by Lillian Wheeler

If you are considering your options concerning sponsoring a non-resident relative for permanent or temporary relocation to Canada, you'll be happy to hear that Canadian immigration law provides several types of opportunities for citizens of other countries to live, work and visit relatives in Canada. However, a significant amount of bureaucratic red tape exists in all immigration matters. Following are the basics of sponsoring a family member for a temporary or permanent visa.

Family Sponsorship

Both permanent residents as well as fully-fledged Canadian citizens have the option of sponsoring family members for residency. Both common-law domestic partners as well as legal spouses may be able to live and work in Canada while waiting for their residency paperwork to be processed. Other relatives that may be eligible for family sponsorship include the following:

  • Dependent children, whether natural or adopted
  • Parents
  • Grandparents

You may also be able to have your parents or grandparents stay with you in Canada for a period of two years if permanent residency is not an option for them. This is called the "Parent and Grandparent Super Visa." This visa is valid for 10 years and provides for multiple entrees during that period of time. This differs from other visitors visas in that others only allow visitors to stay in Canada for no longer than six months at a time.

This super visa has specific requirements, including,

  • A letter stating intent to take full responsibility for the financial support of your parent or grandparent while in Canada
  • A full medical exam that meets standards set by immigration officials
  • Proof of Canadian medical insurance
  • Applicants will be required to pass thorough criminal background checks

Other conditions may apply, such as your personal situation and finances. Canadian immigration officials must be convinced that the applicant for a super visa is a genuine visitor who will voluntarily return to his or her country of residence when the time allotted by the visa is up.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to sponsor relatives such as:

  • Adult siblings
  • Self-supporting adult children
  • Aunts, uncles, and cousins

However, these relatives may be awarded extra points by immigration officials on applications for other types of visas, such as skilled worker visas, on the basis of having close family ties to permanent residents or citizens of Canada. A skilled immigration attorney will be able to help your relatives decide on the best course of action for their particular circumstances.

You may be able to sponsor minor siblings, nieces or nephews, or grandchildren who have been orphaned and who are under 18 years of age.

Your Individual Circumstances

Immigration officials will also consider your individual circumstances when making decisions on the application of those whom you're attempting to sponsor. They will, for instance, take the following into consideration:

  • Your financial situation, including declarations of bankruptcy
  • Whether you have received government benefits other than disability payments
  • Whether you have been convicted of a violent crime, including those of a sexual nature
  • Whether you have defaulted on court-ordered child support or alimony payments
  • Whether you have unsuccessfully attempted to sponsor a relative in the past

You will also be required to sign a written agreement stating that you will provide financial support for the person you are sponsoring in the event that he or she cannot find gainful employment or otherwise experience a reduction of income. The Canadian government wants to ensure that those visiting on visas of any kind do not become burdens on Canada's social service organizations.

Also, be advised that if you are a resident of the province of Quebec, some immigration laws will differ from those in place in the rest of Canada. Contact a local law office specializing in immigration for more information.