Incomplete applications will be acceptedThe IRCC has already announced that it will continue accepting and processing all new applications for permanent residence. Moreover, incomplete applications may also be accepted provided you give a letter of explanation for not being able to provide the required documents due to service disruptions at your place. Also Read: How to Apply for Canadian Spouse Visa? Thus, if you file a new spousal immigration application but you are unable to provide some necessary documents, the IRCC will keep your application for 60 days. If the application is still not completed, you will be given additional time to submit the missing documents.
Availing social benefits may not take away your eligibility to sponsorAs per a general procedure, applicants who are under the requirement of social assistance may not be considered eligible to sponsor their spouse. However, it is important to figure out which service can make you ineligible to sponsor as the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations have described social assistance from a broader perspective. Following are some of the benefits that may not make you ineligible to sponsor:
- Tax credits
- Child care allowances
- Subsidized housing
- Employment insurance benefits
Spouses and common-law partner not put under travel restrictionsCanada has announced travel restrictions on foreign nationals on March 18, 2020. However, immediate family members are exempt from this travel ban. Spouse and common-law partners come under the ambit of immediate family members. So, they are allowed to take a flight to Canada. Travelers must show the supporting documents to the airlines to establish their proof as an immediate family member.
Following documents are required:
- Marriage Certificate or proof of common-law status
- Canadian Passport or Permanent Resident card
- Birth Certificate
- Other documents that can demonstrate your relationship