I have a question about documents in the sponsorship application to Canada. I am sponsoring my wife to come and we want

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Customer: Hi, I have a question about documents in the sponsorship application to Canada. I am sponsoring my wife to come and we want to include a proof of relationship. We currently live in Denmark together and want to include our rental contract and some utilities (Our internet is in my name and electricity is in my wifes name). Two questions. #1 is it enough that each individual utility bill is under our individual names? and #2 do we need to get our bills and rental contract translated by a certified translater? Thanks, Loui
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any paperwork with the government?
Customer: We have started filling out the application
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about this?
Customer: No
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Customer: No
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JJL11, Expert

Hello - My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to assist you today. I am a Canadian lawyer who can answer questions about immigration law.

Having both of your names on your rental contract is important and that should be translated by a translation company and submitted. The utility bills help if they are in both names but if they are not, you do not necessarily have to submit them.

Does that answer your question ?

Customer
The only thing is that the checklist asks for 2 of 3 items, one being the rental contract and another being utility bills. So should we submit two separate utility bills with the same address and our individual names on them?
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I have reviewed the document checklist. Do you not have any of the other requested items, like joint credit card or bank statements ?

Customer
I have credit card and bank statements but I assumed those do not fall under the category for proof of living together?
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JJL11, Expert

They don't necessarily show you are living together but they show you have a life together because you have joint assets and credit cards. On the document checklist I am referring to, joint credit cards and bank statements are mentioned in the same section you are referring to ( the 2 out of 3 items) in the last box. Do you see that on your checklist ?

Customer
The three options I see are:
1. Joint ownership
2. Proof of joint utilities
3. Documents for you and your sponsor showing the same address... such as copies of Government issued identification...
Customer
I may have an outdated version of the checklist I wasn't able to open the checklist from the government site online. Do you think this is the case?
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JJL11, Expert

Yes, I think so .. My version is from June, 2019. A lot of people have trouble downloading the forms from Canada Immigration's website even though they have Adobe Reader.

Here is the link to the checklist - When I click on it, I see a message which says I can't open it . I then go the upper right corner where there is a download symbol and I download it - then it will ask me if I want to save it as Adobe Acrobat Reader which I do - I can then open it.

https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/kits/forms/imm5533e.pdf

See if that works

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Hi, so sorry for the delay. I have a few more questions about the papers so if you could keep the inquiry open that would be great. Or I can open a new one. I will get back later today
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Customer
Hi,I have a few questions:1. My wife and I are living together in Denmark as she is attending university and I am working. We do not know which class to apply under and where we specify that in our application (In-Canada Class, Family class, etc). We would like to option to visit Canada for a few weeks at a time to see my family during the application being processed and I am wondering if that will be an issue in your opinion? We will have many ties to Denmark during that time including an apartment, my work, her school, etc.
2. On the IMM0008 form, who do we include as "dependants" we have no children. Do we include her siblings or parents?
3. Can we not submit IMM0008DEP blank if we have no dependants?
4. Can we not submit the representative form if we are representing ourselves?
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Hi - If you are texting on your phone, you will be sent a separate email to submit a rating. If you are using your laptop, there are 5 stars at the top corner of our conversation you can click on to rate.

Regarding your questions :

1. You submit your application under family class. You can visit Canada after you have submitted it. This should not be a problem. As EU passport holders, you should be visa exempt to visit Canada.

2. No - dependents only means children.

3. The IMM 8 is that actual application for permanent residence. This is the most important form and must be submitted. Are you perhaps referring to IMM 5406 "Additional Family Form." ?

4. You do not have to submit the representative form if you are not using a representative.

Hope this answers your questions.

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Hello - I am following up to see if you have any further questions for me.

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Customer
Your replies have been extremely helpful so far. I will rate the conversation at the end. I have some more questions:1. We want to translate our rental agreement from Danish to English so we can submit it as proof of living together but should we just translate the main page or should we translate translate all of the pages including the fine print and details (8 pages)
2. Where do we indicate that we want to apply for the family class?
3. Do we need to translate our bank statement and hydro bill from Danish to English? All of it or just a page?
4. It asks me for proof that we will be living in Canada after we get the PR for my wife. What kind of proof could that be? We plan on waiting 3 years for her to finish her education in Denmark before we come.Thank you so much,Loui
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JJL11, Expert

Hi - Before I answer questions 1 to 3, let me answer question 4 first.

If you do not plan to Canada to live when your wife after she gets her PR, perhaps you should wait to submit the sponsorship. Once your wife's application is processed to completion, which is probably within one year, she will be given a Confirmation of Permanent Residence document which has an expiry date. She will have to enter Canada at a port of entry , like the airport, before this date to formally be given her PR. So, if you are not planning to come to Canada until three years from now, maybe you should submit the sponsorship when she is starting her last year of school.

Customer
I understand that but we will definitely be visiting often in the meantime and I'd like to have an option of coming back early and transferring her education. Will this cause me problems if we don't you think?
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JJL11, Expert

As long as you are able to come to Canada once she gets her Confirmation of Permanent Residence to finalize her permanent resident status, you should be okay. You also have to keep in mind that she has to be Canada long enough after she gets her PR, to fulfill the residency requirements of being in Canada 2 years out of 5 years, to retain her permanent resident status.

Customer
That should not be a problem. Can you answer the other questions above please?
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JJL11, Expert

Sure - Here is my response :

Question 1 - The main page is the most important but to avoid delay in case they want the entire rental agreement translated, I would submit the translation for the entire document

Question 2- You indicate this at Section 1 of the IMM 8 which is your spouse's Application for Permanent Residence at Section 2 - Your choose "family class" from the drop down menu for Section 1 and "spouse" from the drop down menu for Section 2

Question 3 - If the bank statement clearly states your names on a Bank letterhead, you don't need to translate it because bank statements are pretty self explanatory. For the hydro bill, the first page usually has all of the relevant information such as the current charges so translating the first page should be sufficient

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Hello - I am following up to see if you have any additional questions. If I have answered your questions, please let me know so that I can conclude your inquiry.

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Hello - Since I have not heard back from you, I will be closing your inquiry within 24 hours.

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