Spousal sponsorship

hi,I am a permanent resident of Canada. I’ve applied for my citizenship, but haven’t been called for the test yet. I got married recently and want to sponsor my spouse. he lives in Iran. My question is:Can I go back to Iran and stay with my spouse during the time his application is being processed? if not, can I go to Iran for a visit during this time? how many visits can I have?What if I wait and apply for him after I become a citizen? In that case can I go back to Iran and live with him during the time his application is being processed?Thank you so much for your time


Asked about 6 years ago in British Columbia
Categories: Immigration

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Tim Bailey

Answer by Tim Bailey

VerifiedBritish Columbia lawyer

Unfortunately, until you are actually granted citizenship, the immigration laws require you to reside in Canada while the sponsorship is in process.  You might be able to make short trips to visit your spouse, but CIC will deny the application if they believe you have moved your life back to Iran.  Once you are a citizen, you could relocate to Iran for a longer period, but CIC would still expect you to be able to show that you are returning to Canada once your spouse gets PR status.

Posted about 6 years ago

Please note that this is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice to you. Legal advice pertaining to your particular situation can only be provided by a lawyer who has met with you to obtain all pertinent background information necessary to give you a formal legal opinion. For formal legal advice, hire a lawyer (many give a free first consultation). Contact Tim Bailey, or search the Lawyer Directory.


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thank you so much, it was really helpful. do you mind if i ask you another question, i just want to know if i can leave Canada during the time my own citizenship application is being processed?i will go back to Canada and live there when they call me for the TEST and OATH. thanks again

Posted about 6 years ago


Tim Bailey

Answer by Tim Bailey

VerifiedBritish Columbia lawyer

You can leave Canada during the citizenship process, but CIC will be concerned about the possibility that you might stay long enough outside to no longer be a PR (which requires 730 days of presence in a 5 year period), and if they find out, they will move to close the citizenship application and strip you of PR status.  The government is verging on paranoia about this issue right now, so I would recommend, if you decide to travel, that you be extra careful about keeping clear and detailed records about your presence in Canada.

Posted about 6 years ago

Please note that this is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice to you. Legal advice pertaining to your particular situation can only be provided by a lawyer who has met with you to obtain all pertinent background information necessary to give you a formal legal opinion. For formal legal advice, hire a lawyer (many give a free first consultation). Contact Tim Bailey, or search the Lawyer Directory.


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really appreciate it...

Posted about 6 years ago

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