Canadian Immigration: Can I sponsor my spouse or partner?



Can I sponsor my spouse or partner for Canadian immigration? This is one of the most common questions on our site. We've put together some helpful information in this post that will answer some questions you may have about sponsoring your spouse or partner for Canadian immigration! If you're looking to sponsor your spouse or common-law partner to live with you in Canada, there are a few things that you need to know before starting the process.


The following is a list of requirements for sponsors.

  • You must be at least 18 years old

  • You are a permanent resident of Canada, a citizen or registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act. If you are a Canadian citizen living abroad now, you must show IRCC that you intend to reside in Canada with your partner once they obtain permanent residence. Residents of Canada who want to sponsor someone must be living in Canada at the time of submitting their sponsorship

  • You must show that you are not receiving social assistance unless you have a disability.

  • You must demonstrate that you can meet your loved one's financial demands in Canada.


Who can you sponsor


Individuals who are sponsored must be at least 18 years old and fall into one of the following categories:

  • Spouse: This means that your partner is legally married to you.

  • Common-law partner: Your partner isn't married to you but has lived with you for at least 12 months.

  • Conjugal partner: Your partner is not legally married to you, has been in a relationship with you for at least one year, resides outside of Canada, and is unable to marry you owing to a cultural, religious, or legal barrier. Interfaith marriages are prohibited in your partner's nation, for example.


How to Apply for a Sponsorship


The sponsorship application and the permanent residence application are required. Both applications must be submitted to IRCC at the same time.


Step 1: Confirm that you qualify to be a sponsor.

Step 2: From the IRCC's website, download the application.

Step 3: On the IRCC website, pay all necessary fees. The processing fee, right of permanent residence fee, and biometrics charge are just a few examples of fees.

Step 4: Send both applications thru mail together to IRCC.


If IRCC approves your application, you and your spouse must follow specific rules. For the first three years after landing in Canada, you are financially responsible for your loved one. For the first five years as a permanent resident of Canada, your partner is not permitted to sponsor another spouse if there is a breakdown in your relationship.


Sponsoring your partner for Canadian Immigration is a long and complicated process. It can be hard to determine whether you're eligible or not, so we've provided some helpful information on the requirements as well as what's required of both applicants. If any part of this process seems daunting, let us know - our team would love to help! We understand that it may seem like an impossible task at first glance, but we'll do all the heavy lifting for you: from collecting documentation and filling out forms to providing updates after each step in the application process. Let us take care of everything- send over your details, and we'll get started with your case today!



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