Question: I applied to sponsor my parents to Canada and was single that time. Since the time of application, I have not heard from the Canada Immigration about the application. Then I got married last week. Should I inform Immigration Canada? Will it affect my parents’ application? I’m afraid that an additional family member will require more income from me because my wife isn’t working at this time. What am I to do?
Answer: Firstly, you have to inform Immigration Canada. Your family composition have changed and you added another person in your present status. You already know that in order to be eligible to sponsor your parents, you had to have sufficient income to support your family size. If your family grew, that means your income requirement must be bigger also. If your wife can get a job, she can help with the processing.
Because under the newly announced immigration law, a person who got married will be able to add the spouse to co-sign in the application for sponsorship. You and your wife’s income can be combined to support the application. Before the introduction of this new law, Immigration Canada views your wife as an addition to your family but her income cannot be added to help in your parents’ sponsorship. Immigration Canada was led to reinterpret the old policy due to a recent Federal case. Currently, under the Canada immigration law, it states that it is unfair to not allow the income of the added spouse to the family’s total income. Your wife’s income can now be added as support to your parents’ sponsorship; she as a co-signer.
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