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6 Reasons Your Sponsorship Application Could Be Denied

Gain permanent residency or citizenship in a country where you can bring your parents and grandparents to live and work – like Canada! Permanent residents of Canada can sponsor their dependent children, spouses, and partners for this second chance at permanent residence. The process is strict, so make sure to consult with an immigration lawyer in Canada before you commit any mistakes that could lead to your sponsorship application being denied.

The process of becoming a permanent resident through family sponsorship is complicated. If you don’t follow the rules and complete the steps, you could easily be denied or rejected. Here are 6 reasons why your sponsorship application might be rejected.

1. You Have Failed to Meet the Minimum Requirements to Become a Sponsor

If you’ve submitted a sponsorship application and been denied, it’s likely because you haven’t met the minimum requirements to become a sponsor. There are a number of reasons why your application may have been denied, so it’s important to review the requirements and make sure you’re meeting them all.

The most common reason for a sponsorship denial is failing to meet the minimum financial requirements. Sponsors are required to provide proof of their income and assets, and if they don’t meet the minimum requirements, their application will be denied.

Other reasons your sponsorship application could be denied include:

– Not having a good enough credit score
– Having too much debt
– Having a criminal record
– Failing to pass a background check
– Not having enough space in your home
– Not being able to provide proof of insurance

2. The Sponsored Person is Ineligible to Apply for Permanent Residence

All permanent residence applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements. To help prevent ineligible people from moving to Canada, family sponsors must meet certain requirements, too.

If you’re eligible to sponsor a family member from Canada, there are some differences in who is eligible for sponsorship. One of the most common questions we hear is if engagement is sufficient for eligibility for family sponsorship. The answer is no, but if you can prove that you are already married (not engaged), then you may qualify to apply. If not, and if you have been living with your fiancee for at least one year as part of a conjugal relationship, you may be eligible as well.

If you have a criminal record, are guilty of human rights violations, or don’t have a clean health record, you may not be able to get sponsored by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. This applies to families who would otherwise be qualified to sponsor each other except for the fact that one person had an issue with their eligibility requirements.

3. Permanent Resident Staying Outside of Canada

To sponsor your family member successfully, you must be residing in Canada. You can’t initiate the process unless you’re in Canada. Applicants intending to reside in Canada must prove they intend to once their family member is granted permanent residence. Canadian citizens who are residents outside of Canada can only initiate the sponsorship process while outside the country if they plan on living there after their family member receives permanent residence.

4. Undeclared All Family Members

When applying for permanent residence, applicants must list all their family members who they plan to sponsor or are being sponsored by. If a family member is not declared in the application, they will not qualify for permanent residence through sponsorship. In some cases, omitting a family member could even impact the sponsor’s application process.

5. Application Form Misrepresentation

All sponsors and family members of the sponsored are required by law to provide accurate information in a sponsorship application. Any misrepresentation, accidental or deliberate, will result in the application being denied.

New immigration policies require that you submit a lot of personal information to ensure your application is accepted. You should exercise diligence in gathering the required documents and completing the application form so it’s true, accurate, and backed by necessary documentation to avoid denial.

6. Marriage of Convenience

If a spousal sponsor involves a foreign spouse or partner, the process will be more thorough to avoid marriage fraud. The immigration officials will seek intimate details about the relationship in order to make sure it isn’t just a cover-up for marriage fraud.

To avoid the stressful and costly mistakes that can be made when sponsoring a loved one to live and work in Canada, get an immigration lawyer’s help. They have the expertise to review all your options and provide guidance for the process.

Hiring an Expert

If you’re thinking about hiring an expert to help with your sponsorship application, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure the expert you’re hiring is experienced and knowledgeable about the sponsorship process. There are a lot of experts out there who claim to be able to get your application approved, but not all of them are created equal. Do your research and make sure you’re hiring someone who can actually deliver on their promises.

Second, be realistic about what an expert can do for you. They can help improve your chances of getting approved, but they can’t guarantee that your application will be successful. If you’re expecting a guarantee, you’re likely to be disappointed.

Finally, remember that you are ultimately responsible for your own application. An expert can offer guidance and advice, but it’s up to you to follow through and submit a strong application. If you don’t put in the work, no amount of expertise will be able to save your application from being denied.


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