Immigration Lawyer Mississauga - The purpose of the class of immigration referred to as the "Family Class" is to help ensure that families are together. Our firm's Immigration Law practitioners will assist you in reuniting your family. We help with the submission and completion of documents and forms to the Immigration authorities. Our goal is to help you during the whole immigration process.
The following family members are eligible under the Family Class: spouse, conjugal partner, common-law partner, dependent child, adopted child, grandparent, parent, or an orphaned relative below 18 years of age who is the sponsor's brother or sister, nephew, niece, adopted child or grandchild. Within this particular country, to be able to reunite a family a sponsor is considered necessary. The sponsor should be at least 18 years of age and a citizen of this particular country or a permanent resident living here. The sponsor must file a sponsorship application to Citizenship and Immigration. Depending on the type of relationship between the family member and the sponsor, a different set of forms, requirements, and supporting documents are required.
Sponsorship applications are usually processed in 8 weeks from the date of submission to the Citizenship and Immigration authorities, so long as all the necessary forms are completed correctly, and all supporting documents and information are included.
A spouse needs to be lawfully married to the sponsor by the civil authorities of a nation, and has to be at least sixteen years old. If a marriage is valid within the country where it happened, it is considered to be legal within Canada. A marriage certificate, provided by the civil authorities of the nation where the marriage happened, is required so as to prove that the spouse and sponsor are lawfully married. A divorce certificate given by a Court must be given in conditions where one of the parties was married before.
A common-law partner must have lived along with the sponsor in a conjugal relationship for a specified period of time. A common-law relationship starts on the day a couple decides to physically cohabit a house. In a common-law relationship, there is no document to prove that a couple is residing together. Then again, there are documents that can help to prove the existence of a common-law relationship, like for instance joint credit cards and bank accounts, property or lease agreements in both names, papers showing the same address, and insurance policies.
Under Family Class, a dependent child is a biological or adopted child who is below twenty two years of age and has never been in a common-law relationship or married and was financially supported by the parent. The daughter or son may be over 22 years of age if he or she is unable, due to a mental or physical condition, to be able to support him or herself.
The relationships must be proven through documents issued by civil authorities between the sponsor, the parent of the sponsored purpose, grandparent, or an orphaned relative under eighteen years of age who is the sponsor's brother or sister, nephew, niece, grandchild, or adopted child.
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