Question: I am a Filipino living in Canada, and my mom is also in Canada right now, although she is not a permanent resident yet. I want to sponsor her, but I was told that there is no more program for family sponsorship, and that my mom should return to the Philippines.
Answer: When it comes to immigration concerns, you must not accept advice from anybody other than a professional – not from your friends, and not even from a consultant. The program is still ongoing, so you can still sponsor your mother. And, you can do that even as your mom is in Canada. The best individual to consult when it comes to this issue is a Canada or a Toronto immigration lawyer.
Question: I’m a Canadian citizen who married a non-Canadian. I applied to sponsor my spouse, but the application has been refused – authorities told us that our marriage seemed inauthentic. The marriage is genuine. In fact, we already have a child by now. What’s the best thing that we can do?
Answer: There are two things that you can do here – either you appeal your application, or you re-apply. If you choose to appeal, you must file a notice of appeal 30 days after your application has been refused. Note, however, that you cannot reapply once you file an appeal – you must choose only one of these two actions. Now here’s the thing: if you reapply, you need to pay again; if you file for an appeal, there’s no need to pay but the process can take longer than when you reapply. A Canada or a Toronto immigration lawyer can help you make the best decision. Good luck!
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