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Can I sponsor my girlfriend or boyfriend?

Many people hear about individuals sponsoring their husband or wife, children, or parents. However, what if you don’t have familial ties to someone you want to bring over? For many people, certain relationships are not accepted by their home countries. So how does one sponsor a domestic partner that is not a spouse?

In order to sponsor someone at all, you must meet certain requirements, as laid out on the Canada.com site. There are other situational criteria as well, but the general guidelines for eligibility are that you must be:

Impaired driving: what a conviction could mean for immigrants

If you have been convicted of a “serious criminal offence”—either in Canada or abroad—it will likely lead to your inadmissibility to the country of deportation from it. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) goes to great lengths to ensure that whoever enters the country poses little risk to public safety.

For a long time, the list of offences constituting “serious criminality” fell under one of the below categories:

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