An overview of spousal sponsorship process in Quebec.
Anyone wishing to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner must ensure that they are eligible.
In particular, they must be Canadian citizens, First Nations people or permanent residents over the age of 18.
As is the case in the rest of Canada, there are no specific minimum thresholds for the sponsorship of a spouse, as there are for the sponsorship of a parent, a grandparent, a dependent who has a child, where you must prove that you have sufficient financial resources for the duration of the undertaking.
You will however have to prove to IRCC and the MIFI that you can support yourself, the person you are sponsoring and any dependent children.
To prove that you intend to live or return to Quebec and have the financial ability to do so, you can, for instance:
provide a bank attestation indicating that you have sufficient funds to support yourself;indicate in a letter of explanation the steps you and your spouse intend to take to find a job quickly or provide information on your diplomas and experience, with particular reference to the current job offer in Quebec.
Remember to be as concrete and precise as possible.
Even if you meet all of the above conditions, there are several factors that may prevent you from sponsoring your spouse or common-law partner.
If you have committed a violent crime, for example, you cannot be a sponsor. If you are still financially responsible for a former spouse or common-law partner and you are still bound by your three-year undertaking, or if you have declared bankruptcy and have not been discharged that will also affect your ability to sponsor.While these factors may play a role in your ability to become a sponsor, there are also conditions that your partner will have to meet, such as being over 18 years of age and passing background, security and medical checks.
Finally, note that all forms used by the Quebec government are in French only, so arrange for help to fill them out if you are not fluent in that language.