Section 133(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (the “Regulations”) provides that:
A sponsor who is a Canadian citizen and does not reside in Canada may sponsor a foreign national who makes [an application to sponsor a member of the Family Class] and is the sponsor’s spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent child who has no dependent children, if the sponsor will reside in Canada when the foreign national becomes a permanent resident.
I have dealt with this issue on numerous occasions, and, depending on the visa post, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC“) may scrutinize in some detail the sponsor’s intention to actually reside in Canada with their spouse, or to simply get the principal applicant permanent resident status without actually immigrating to Canada.
The Embassy of Canada in the United Arab Emirates asks applicants to complete a Residency Questionnaire for their sponsors if they reside outside of Canada, and I have reproduced the questions below. These questions can serve as a useful guide to anyone submitting a family class application where s. 133(2) of the Regulations applies.
- Is your sponsor currently a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident?
- Is your sponsor currently in Canada?
- If yes, then how long has the sponsor been physically residing in Canada?
- If yes, then when did you last see your sponsor?
- If no, then how long has the sponsor been living outside of Canada?
- If your sponsor is not living in Canada, then please explain why and when he/she intends to return to reside in Canada once your visa is issued. Please provide as many details as possible.
- What preparations have you and/or your sponsor made for your move to Canada?