4. Learn how criminal law and status affect whether you can be a sponsor

You cannot be a sponsor if you’ve been convicted of:

  • a violent crime that has a maximum of 10 or more years in prison, even if you get a shorter sentence or no time at all in prison,
  • a sexual offence,
  • an offence that caused bodily harm to a or member of your family or the family of your or partner, or
  • an attempt or a threat to commit any of the above crimes.

But this rule does not apply if:

  • you have a record suspension for the offence, which used to be called a pardon, or
  • it’s been at least 5 years since you completed your sentence.

If you have a conviction that might prevent you from being a sponsor, you need to get legal advice.

You also cannot be a sponsor if:

  • you’re in jail, or
  • you’re charged with a .

If you’re charged with a crime, get legal advice. If you’re a , you can be removed from Canada if you’re convicted of a serious crime.

Problems with your status

You cannot be a sponsor if you have a against you. And if Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) believes there may be reasons you should lose your status as a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, they won’t process an application for which you are a sponsor.  

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