I am a Canadian citizen living in Los Angeles, California. I am married with my partner of seven years and we have a

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Customer: Hi there,My name is ***** ***** I am a Canadian citizen living in Los Angeles, California. I am married with my partner of seven years and we have a six-month-old child. Together we are wanting to move to British Columbia, but because my wife is Finnish we are trying to find out the most expedient way to achieve this legally.Thanks so much for your time,
Tyler
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any paperwork with the U.S. government?
Customer: I have filed no paper work at this time.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about this?
Customer: No
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Hi, welcome to Just Answer and thank you for using our services. I am Counsel Creed. I am not sure that there really is any more expedient way for her to immigrate into Canada but by way of sponsoring her. If you wish to sponsor you husband to immigrate to Canada, you will first have to sign an undertaking or a contract with the Canadian government that you will be responsible for his food, shelter, transportation costs and medical care not covered by public health insurance for a period of time. This means that she cannot apply to any form of public (government) support in case of need during this period. If he does apply and does obtain allowance, you will be asked to repay it. This obligation of yours will even survive a separation or a divorce. You can be a sponsor if you are over 18, a Canadian citizen and prove that you can support your spouse.

Generally speaking there are two classes of conjugal sponsorship: Family and Spouse in Canada Class. On the facts you set out above you need to apply under Family Class (because she does not habitually reside in Canada and does not have any immigration status here).

Let me tell you now a little bit about the actual process.

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Your first step is to fill in the sponsorship application. You will need to fill in IMM1344 (both of you), IMM5532, IMM5841, IMM1283, IMM0008, eIMM5669, IMM5406can get the Guide and Checklist at

https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/spouse.asp

You can get a detailed, point-by-point explanation of each of these forms at:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5289-sponsor-your-spouse-common-law-partner-conjugal-partner-dependent-child-complete-guide.html

Your second step is to collect all the necessary documents. Typically you will need copies of your birth and marriage documents, proof of earning, police certificate and biometrics report. If your spouse's required documents need to be translated they will have to be certified translations.

Your third step is to pay fees: $1,050 to Canada and $289 to Quebec. You can pay online.

Your last step is to mail your packed to CPC Sydney, P.O. Box 9500, Sydney, NS, B1P 0H5. They will notify you subsequently with your file number and advise you of the processing timeline.

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AS far as your child is concerned, the following applies. Since he was born outside Canada to a Canadian parent you must submit an application to obtain a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship to prove they are Canadian citizens. The following documents must be submitted in addition to an Application for a Citizenship Certificate from Outside Canada: proof of your (Canadian) citizenship; a copy of one piece of valid personal identification (i.e. a passport, driver's license...); the original birth certificate of the child which lists the parents (issued by government authorities in the country where the child was born); and two identifications of the child (one of the identifications must contain a photo). For children under 7 years old, a letter from the pediatrician containing a photo is acceptable.

If you obtain the Certificate of Canadian Citizenship for the child, the child will be able to enter Canada same as you - without any need for sponsorship.

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Hi, again. Do you have more questions for me?

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If you have no further questions, will you kindly rate me, since that is the only way that I will get paid? You can do that by clicking on the stars symbol in the top right-hand corner of your screen. I sincerely ***** ***** I have earned five stars in your estimate. It goes without saying that I remain open to any questions that you may have in the future, at no extra cost to you, of course. Thank you.

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I notice that you have not yet rated me. Perhaps you can draw your mind to it now? Thank you.

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Thank yo for the five-star rating. Have a great day and stay safe!

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