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I am a Canadian citizen by birth and my boyfriend (we are both 41) holds a Guyanese passport but has been a permanent resident of Barbados for the past 18 years. We have been in a relationship for 6 months and are trying to find a way we can live in the same place with one of us (ideally two) can work in that country. We both are low income earners and I also receive ODSP.
He applied for a visitor visa to experience a Canadian winter but was denied. He is now applying for a US visitor visa to visit his mother and sister in NY. I will be able to cross the border and spend some time together.

My question is this, we plan to marry and have a child soon (in no particular order). What is the most economical and direct way for him to immigrate to Canada? We have been looking into the Skilled workers program as a carpenter but he falls short on the education points as he does not have a secondary school education. If we married I'm not sure we could afford the fees or savings/income threshold needed to sponsor a spouse. Would it be easier for him to become a US citizen and then we could travel back and forth over the border? Thank you!

Hello Deborah;

Thank you for your question.

The simplest way, of course is for you to sponsor him as your spouse to become a permanent resident of Canada. While they do not allow people on social assistance to sponsor, those due to disability are eligible.

There are no minimum income criteria for the spousal sponsorship program, though the officer could look at the financials to ensure that the new permanent resident is able to support himself once in Canada.

The process takes about 6-8 months to be completed.

Hope this is useful.

Should you have further questions, we encourage you to get in touch with us directly.

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Deepak Kohli


I am a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), practicing in Ontario for last 9 years. As a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) since its inception, I am committed to uphold the principles of integrity, knowledge and consumer protection. Our advice is based on sound legal provisions and practices, so that the client receives the best value for money. Our advice and assistance covers issues such as (a) permanent residence in Canada, (b) temporary residence (c) maintaining residency (d) reuniting family (e) Canadian citizenship (f) Immigration appeals, and more. We assist people from across the world in all Canadian Immigration matters (economic programs), including Federal Skilled Worker Program, Business Immigration, Work permits, Study permits, Family Class sponsorships, Appeals to the Immigration Appeals Division of IRB, etc. The intention of participating in this forum is to share my knowledge and views on Canadian immigration matters for general scenarios. The answers however, should not be considered as a legal advice, as that involves detailed information of various aspects of the immigrants' profile. People should contact me directly, should they wish to use to obtain a specific legal advice.


Since 2002, I have been working in the field of Canadian Immigration consulting. Prior to going into own practice in late 2003, I worked for an Immigration Consulting organisation in Toronto. My practice covers various areas of economic and family class immigration into Canada. Like I say to my prospective clients, just as there are thousands of ways to find god, there are a no. (over 50) ways to gain immigration to Canada. The trick is to find out the most suitable one for each client. Nevertheless, there are some programs that are more popular. We advise clients on these as well as find innovative immigration solutions for others. I have been an active volunteer with the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), since its inception in 2005. After serving the Ontario Chapter for 5 years in Communications Committee, I joined the National Board in 2010. I served as the Director - Membership on the national Board of Directors of CAPIC for a year. I recently retired from the Board of Directors of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), the regulatory body for Canadian Immigration Consultants, after serving for 1 year.

Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC)

Immigration Practitioner Program (with High Honours) - 2003 - Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA; MBA - 1992 - M.S.University of Baroda, Baroda (India

Awards and Honors
I have received various awards from the Immigration consultancy professional organizations, during my tenure.

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