Canadian Spousal Sponsorship – Can you really afford to make a mistake?

Interview with Ravi Jain, immigration lawyer, teacher and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada planning on sponsoring your “true love” from abroad listen to this Podcast BEFORE getting hitched! You won’t find this kind of insight anywhere! In this Podcast I had the pleasure of interviewing an amazing immigration lawyer and overall excellent guy, Ravi Jain of Green and Spiegel LLP in Toronto, Ontario. Ravi took some time with me to share some amazing insights into the pitfalls that exist within the Canadian spousal sponsorship application process.


IRCC makes the spousal sponsorship process seem so simple that you do not need to hire an immigration representative. Well Ravi and I pull back the curtain on spousals and give you an inside look into the most common things that people do to unwittingly set themselves up for rejection within the spousal sponsorship process.

If you don’t mind being separated from your spouse for 3 years or more, please go ahead and file your application without listening to what Ravi has to say. If you are one of those people that would like to be reunited with your spouse the first time you apply…then tune in and be amazed.

Well done Ravi….

Ravi Jain





The most important topics covered in my interview with Ravi Jain:

  1. Strategies for inland v. outland filing
  2. Bad faith marriages (the two tests)
  3. Spousal open work permits
  4. Appeal process
  5. Processing times
  6. Levels planning


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CIP S1 E17: Interview with Ravi Jain – Show Notes

Pleasure of having Ravi Jain – join me on the Podcast today.

Welcome Ravi


  • Ravi is an immigration lawyer practicing in Toronto, Canada with the law firm of Green and Spiegel LLP (Partner)
  • He is among the small percentage of immigration lawyers who are certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as Specialists in Citizenship and Immigration Law.
  • He has addressed the Canadian Senate as an expert witness on immigration law and appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights.
  • On November 27, 2012 Ravi was presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Command of Her Majesty The Queen in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession to the Throne and in recognition of Ravi’s significant contributions to Canada
  • Ravi practices all aspects of Canadian Immigration law:
  • PR – spousals sponsorships , H&Cs PNPs, Express Entry
  • TR – WP, SP, TRVs, PRRAs, TRPs
  • Extensive litigation practice:
    • Immigration appeal work covers all three divisions of the IRB and Federal Court work
    • Successfully argued many cases, including:
      • Spousal Sponsorship – which is the topic we are going to delve into today.
    • In addition to the traditional law work he does, he:
      • Has been a guest lecturer at Seneca College and
      • Has lectured on US consular processing for the new York Chapter of AILA.
      • Speaks regularly at our national Conference including the past conference in 2016 in Vancouver where he was on the Advanced Family Class Panel which covered Spousal Sponsorships

Tell us how you got into immigration?

Let’s jump to our topic today, which is Spousal Sponsorship.

Someone sponsoring their true love from abroad.

IRCC wants it to appear so simple that anyone could do it. However, when things go wrong within the application process they go really wrong.

And when things go really wrong, the best place to have addressed those wrongs is at the very beginning of the application process before you even file.

But people don’t realize all of the pit falls and it is for that reason that I wanted to Bring Ravi on to share some insight with our listeners to hopefully enlighten them a little more so that they can better prepare themselves to filing one of the most important immigration applications someone could file to IRCC

  1. Strategies for inland v. outland filing
  2. Bad faith marriages (the two tests)
  3. Spousal open work permits
  4. Appeal process
  5. Processing times
  6. Levels planning


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One thought on “Canadian Spousal Sponsorship – Can you really afford to make a mistake?

  1. Dear Mark,

    I would like to say many kind words for the useful and informative podcasts.
    There is a rare things that I found as a brilliant and the same time simple for people who have involved into immigration process like spousal sponsorship etc.


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