Spouse & Dependent Visa

Live Abroad With Your Spouse, Children And Parents

One of the most significant reasons people go abroad is to give their families a better standard of living. The Dependent Visa is a powerful tool created by countries to assist families live together. It allows professionals, students, permanent residents and others to bring their family that is in a different country to their new home country. The dependent visa allows professionals, students, permanent residents and others to bring their family that is in a different country to their new home country.

There Are Two Types Of Dependent Visas(Temporary & Permanent)

  •   Temporary Visas for holders of the following visas
  •   Work, intra-company transfer, Student, FiancĂ©

2. Permanent Visas are for spouses or children below the age of 18-21 years old

  •   Immigration dependents

Spouse/partners on temporary Dependent Visas are allowed limited work rights based on their visa validity in most countries, except the US.

Dependents granted Permanent Residence Visas have the right to live, study and work for as long as they remain permanent residents.

Dependent Visa Details:

In order to reunite families, countries across the world offer dependent visas with various facilities. Typically, these visas allow you to call your immediate family abroad through a short process which focuses extensively on your financial ability. Usually dependent visas allow successful applicants to:

  •   Stay in the country they are applying to under the sponsorship of their relative
  •   Work or study in some cases
  •   Travel in that country

Basic Requirements:

1. Sponsor is a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
2. Sponsor is at least 18 years of age,
3. The applicant is over the age of 16, and
4. Sponsor must sign a 3-year sponsorship agreement with the Canadian Government to financially support the spouse or partner.

A Canadian citizen or permanent residence of Canada is eligible to sponsor their spouse and any dependent children for permanent residency in Canada and it can be made for those who are living inside or outside Canada. A sponsor must provide details about the income assuring the government to provide financial support to their spouse for 3 years and any dependent children for 10 years.

If you are international students, then your loved ones can be nearby as you pursue your Canadian education. All you need is to contact your international student adviser and regulated Canadian immigration consultants out there. They will help you out by providing information about the different requirements and visa processing time. Even your spouse can apply for a work permit before or after they arrive in Canada. With this work permit, your spouse will be allowed to work in Canada while you are studying for the same period of your study permit. 

If you are a Canadian citizen, you can sponsor your spouse without being in Canada. However, for this you need to prove that you are planning to move to Canada as soon as your spouse is approved for permanent residency. Your job offer letter, university offer letter etc. can be provided as proof. In addition, if you are a PR, then you should be in the country in order to sponsor your spouse.

The process is long, but the benefits are life-long. Living in Canada with family can be an enriching experience. Moreover, given the current requirements of the Canadian government, this is the right time to file for a spouse visa.