When you marry a Canadian citizen, what happens?

Television and movies have made it seem that when you marry an American or Canadian citizen, you automatically get a gateway to Canadian or American Citizenship. In Canada, this is not true, although it does provide you with new immigration possibilities you didn’t have before. Marrying a Canadian Citizen

When you marry a Canadian, you aren’t automatically granted citizenship or permanent residency in Canada. Instead, the person who you married must apply to sponsor you to Canada while you apply for permanent residency. If you obtain permanent residency and meet the general requirements, you could apply for Canadian citizenship within the next few years.

What are the requirements for sponsoring someone to Canada

If you want to be a sponsor, you must be over the age of 19 and be a permanent resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen yourself. You cannot be in prison, you cannot be bankrupt and you must be in good immigration standing if you are a Canadian permanent resident.

There is also a significant financial requirement on behalf of the sponsor that is quite important. You need to be able to prove to the Canadian government that you have enough income to support yourself and your spouse (or conjugal partner or common-law partner) because as their sponsor you are financially responsible for them.

This means that becoming a sponsor for someone to be a permanent resident in Canada is not something that should be taken lightly, and you need to be in a legitimate marriage to make this work. Otherwise, you could be on the hook for any social services your spouse would receive if you were to get divorced or if they were to leave.

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