DCIConsulting can assist you with Changes in your current status in Canada
- Application to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada as a Worker
If you are in Canada and need to extend your Work Permit and renew your Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), DCIConsulting can advise you on the best process for your unique situation.
- Restoration of status for people that are in Canada and are now out of status
- apply within 90 days of having lost their status; and
- meet the initial requirements for their stay; and
- have not failed to comply with any other condition (such as working without being authorized to do so, etc); and
- meet the requirements of the class under which they are currently applying to be restored as a temporary resident.
- Renewing / Extending Your Study Permit
If your study permit expires before you have completed your program of study, you will need to apply for a renewal. You should apply for a new study permit before your old one expires, and it is generally a good idea to submit your application at least 30 days before your current permit expires. DCIConsulting, will assist you with the entire process and after the extension of your study permit has been approved, you may apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) if required.
Can I sponsor my non-resident spouse, common-law partner or dependent child from inside Canada?
Who can sponsor?
You may be eligible to sponsor a spouse or common-law partner or accompanying dependent child from inside Canada if:
- You are 18 years of age or older;
- You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- The person you want to sponsor qualifies as a spouse or common-law partner or accompanying dependent child, in-Canada class;
- You live in Canada and continue to live in Canada after the sponsored person gets permanent resident status;
- You and your spouse or common-law partner both sign an agreement confirming that each of you understands your obligations and responsibilities;
- You sign an undertaking promising to provide for the basic needs of your spouse, common-law partner or accompanying dependent child; and
- You prove that you have sufficient income to provide basic requirements for any dependent child. To do this, you must provide documents that show your financial resources for the past 12 months. This requirement applies only when you apply to sponsor a dependent child who has dependent children of their own.
- Since March 2, 2012, if you entered Canada as a sponsored spouse or partner you are not eligible to sponsor a new spouse or partner for a period of 5 years from the date you landed in Canada. Find out more information about this change from CIC.
- Since October 25, 2012, if you applied to come to Canada as a sponsored spouse or partner, you may be subject to a 2-year conditional permanent resident status; there are some exceptions to this new condition. Find out more information about the conditional permanent residence from CIC.
Who is a spouse or common-law partner?
For sponsorship purposes, both spouses and common-law partners or accompanying dependent child must:
- Live with you in Canada;
- Have a valid passport or travel document;
- Be 16 years old or older; and
- Be your spouse or common-law partner for genuine reasons and not primarily for the purpose of getting permanent residence in Canada.
For sponsorship purposes, a spouse is:
- Married to you.
If you were married in Canada, you must have a marriage certificate from the province or territory where you got married.
If you were married outside of Canada, the marriage must be legally valid in that place as well as under Canadian law.
If you were married in an embassy or consulate, the marriage must be legal according to the country where the embassy or consulate is located. (For example, Embassy A is located in Country B. The marriage must be valid according to the laws of Country B.)
- Opposite sex or may be same sex. You may be able to sponsor a same-sex spouse, depending on where and when you got married.
For sponsorship purposes, a common-law partner is:
- Of opposite or same sex.
- Living with you in a conjugal relationship. You must have lived together for 12 months continuously, with no interruptions. (You may be apart for short periods for business travel or family reasons.) You must provide proof that you have set up a household together.
Who is a dependent child?
Note: As of August 1, 2014, a dependent child must be under 19 years old (previously 22), according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Dependent children may be your own child or those of the person you are sponsoring. To be sponsored, they must:
- Be under the age of 19 and not a spouse or common-law partner; or
- Have depended substantially on the financial support of a parent since before the age of 19 and unable to provide for themselves due to a medical condition.
For more details about sponsoring your spouse, common-law spouse or an accompanying dependent child.
You can apply as a sponsor if your spouse, common-law, or an accompanying dependent child live with you in Canada, even if they do not have legal status in Canada. However, all the other requirements must be met.
What about conjugal partners?
The conjugal partner category is for partners who are living outside of Canada. You can find more information about sponsoring conjugal partners by contacting your DCIConsulting consultant.
The Sponsorship Process
The sponsorship application has 3 parts:
- You apply to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner or an accompanying dependent child.
- Your spouse or common-law partner applies for permanent residence.
- The person you are sponsoring must fill out the forms specific to the region where they live.
Call your DCIConsultant today at (403) 536-3242 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org