Getting married is a very exciting step in the life’s sir a couple. If after marriage, you and your spouse decide to live in Canada, then the spouse with Canadian citizenship or permanent residency can sponsor the other partner. Nevertheless, let’s clear a major misconception when it comes to immigration and marriage. Marrying a Canadian citizen or permanent resident does not mean you’ll get citizenship or residency yourself.


The next question is: Can you live in Canada if you marry a Canadian?

The answer is yes! There are many steps to take to actually start the process but usually, yes, you can live in Canada if you marry a Canadian.


What happens once you marry a Canadian citizen or permanent resident?

For starters, you’ll apply for spousal sponsorship. To qualify as a sponsor, the citizen or permanent resident must be:

  • 18+ years old
  •  and should prove their financial stability.

Once the authorities approve the sponsor only then can spouse apply for permanent residence.


How to apply for Spousal Sponsorship for Canada in 2020. They are:

There are two pathways created for spousal sponsorship in Canada.

  • In land spousal sponsorship

This program is for those couples in which the spouse is already legally residing in Canada on a visa such as a work permit or a study permit. In this case you can stay in Canada while the sponsorship application is in process.

  • Outland spousal sponsorship

According to this scheme, if you are not already living in Canada, you can migrate once you obtain your permanent resident visa.


Will your divorce affect your immigration status?

In most cases, you will not lose your immigration status because of divorce. However, you may still need to seek legal advice about your specific case.

If you have already become a permanent resident (landed immigrant) or citizen, you will most likely not lose your status or be asked to leave Canada. You sponsor will still be responsible financial support you for a total of 3 years after arriving in Canada, regardless of your relationship status.

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