Sponsorship to Canada Letter
A Sponsorship Letter for a Canada Visa can be prepared and notarized by Uptown Notaries, who offer professional, quality Notary Public services in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Moody and New Westminster. You can depend on Uptown Notaries for expert knowledge and experience in handling legal documents, including a Sponsorship letter for a Canada visa.
Sponsorship for a visa is a part of the immigration system of Canada that permits people to come to the country as part of the Family Class of immigration. Achieving permanent resident status in Canada for a family member from another country can be supported by a visa sponsorship letter.
Requirements for Sponsorship to Canada
In Canada, a letter of sponsorship for a visa must come from someone over the age of 18, who is a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a person registered as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act. The sponsor must have a physical residence in Canada, or the intent to by the time the sponsored person takes up residence in Canada.
A person cannot provide a sponsorship letter if they are in prison, have not paid alimony or child support payments, are bankrupt and not yet released, are on social assistance (except if disabled), haven’t paid an immigration loan, are under a removal order, or been charged with any serious offence. There may be other reasons that prevent a person from sponsoring a visa to Canada.
Responsibilities of Sponsorship to Canada
A person providing a visa sponsorship letter must have the financial means to provide those sponsored with every day essentials, such as food, clothing and shelter. They must also be able to cover any health needs not covered by provincial health plans, if they are not able to provide for themselves once they are in Canada.
The duration of the sponsorship obligation for parents and grandparents is 20 years from the date the person becomes a permanent resident, and 10 years for other family members.
If a person sponsored receives any means-tested government benefits, the sponsoring individual must repay those benefits.
Notarized Sponsorship Letter
An individual can offer sponsorship to more than one person with separate visa applications and letters. If someone else is prepared to be responsible for the person, such as a friend or family member, that person can offer joint sponsorship. There can be up to two joint sponsors for each family, but no more than one per person coming to Canada.
If you have any questions about preparing and notarizing a letter of sponsorship and application for a Canada visa for a family member, give Uptown Notaries a call, or schedule a free, no obligation consultation on a Sponsorship letter to Canada.