Your girlfriend’s mother does not qualify for sponsorship under the spousal sponsorship program. Once you are married, you must first sponsor your girlfriend and she must apply for permanent resident status in Canada. Once she is a permanent resident she can apply to sponsor her mother.
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Yes. Your partner can apply independently to live in Canada under one of the other immigration categories e.g. as a Skilled Worker, however they must prove their eligibility under that class. The immigration process may be slower than had you sponsored them to live with you.
If you successfully sponsor your husband and he obtains permanent residence status in Canada he will be able to legally work or study here. If he does not have legal residence status or a valid work visa he will risk deportation.
You must sponsor your spouse under the Family Class of sponsorship. You can do this if she lives in another country or if she lives with you in Canada, even if her status is not legal here. As a sponsor you have to agree to support them financially for 3 years, whether they remain with you or not. At the same time your spouse must apply for permanent residence in Canada.
You must prove that the relationship is genuine by providing evidence such as photos of the two of you together at different time periods e.g. some on your first visit, some on your second, proof of your trips to Thailand e.g. boarding passes, phone records showing her phone number and proving regular contact, emails or letters showing regular correspondence. If you have evidence of joint affairs, such as a joint bank account or property owned together, or if you send money on a regular basis to her this will also help prove your case.
No. Marriage to a Canadian citizen does not automatically qualify for Canadian citizenship. You must first sponsor your partner to live in Canada and at the same time your partner must apply for permanent residence. This can be done from Canada or from the country where she is a permanent resident. Once you spouse has been a permanently resident in Canada for 3 years or 1,095 days in a 4 year period, she can apply for Canadian citizenship.