Spousal sponsorship can be frustrating. These applications typically have a 12-month processing time due to the high number of applicants. Depending on the circumstance, this estimated wait time can sometimes increase.
Spousal sponsorship processing times are the last thing you want to worry about when you’re simply trying to get your life with your partner back on track. Fortunately, there are steps you can follow to ensure that you’re assembling a solid application. Taking care to submit your application the right way can help avoid delays or rejections so you can get back to what’s most important.
Reasons Your Application Could Be Denied
If your application gets denied, you’ll have to start all over again. But, of course, we know you don’t want to do that. It’s just more time added to your wait.
These are some common reasons that spousal sponsorship applications are denied. Take the time and care with your application to avoid running into one of these problems.
- The applicant didn’t provide enough proof of your relationship.
- The sponsor doesn’t meet the requirements to be a sponsor.
- The sponsor was not physically in Canada while the application was being processed.
- Mistakes or incorrect information on your application.
Tips for Success
Okay, so now you know what not to do, but what should you do?
Here are our tried and true tips for a successful spousal sponsorship application.
1. Complete your application carefully.
As simple as it might sound, a lot goes into this! First, you’ll need to ensure you’re eligible to be a sponsor and that your partner is eligible to be sponsored. Then you’ll need to determine if you’ll use inland or outland sponsorship. Both types have unique requirements, so you’ll need to decide which is best for you and your relationship.
One mistake we’ve often seen made on spousal sponsorship applications is putting the sponsor’s information in the place of the person to be sponsored and vice versa. Unfortunately, this is just one example of a simple mistake that could waste your time waiting for your application to be processed.
Your best chance at success will be taken when you carefully read over the application and understand everything it asks of you. If you need a second opinion, you can always reach out to our team of immigration lawyers by submitting our form for a free assessment.