Do you have a spouse overseas? Do you wish to reunify with your spouse in Canada? Eligible Canadians as well as Permanent Residents are able to apply to sponsor their spouse or common-law partners to become permanent residents of Canada.
Who is eligible to sponsor spouses or partners?
In order to sponsor a spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner, you must be:
- At least 18 years old
- A Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, as well as a registered Indian
- Living in Canada if you are a permanent resident, or have plans to return to Canada once your sponsors arrive if you are a Canadian citizen
- Not receiving social assistance (except for disability)
- Able to provide for the basics need of the persons you sponsor
What are the financial requirements to sponsor your spouse?
To be a sponsor, you must promise to provide for your spouse for a certain period of time. IRCC calls it a promise of undertaking. This includes:
- Providing financial support for your spouse
- Repaying any social assistance your spouse receive
As well, you must also agree to a sponsorship agreement. This includes:
- Providing for the basic needs of your spouse
- Ensuring your sponsored spouse will take an effort to support themselves
Finally, there is usually no income requirement for sponsoring a spouse or common-law partner. The exception is for:
- Sponsoring a spouse/partner that has dependent children or grandchildren
financial evaluation form form for assessing your ability to support your sponsored family members can be found here.
Remember, the province of Quebec has different immigration sponsorship requirements. Learn more here.
Who is not eligible to sponsor family members?
You may not be able to sponsor family if you:
- Are a temporary resident
- Have a permanent resident application that is still processing
- Do not have enough money to support your family
- Became a permanent resident less than 5 years ago
- Are still financially responsible for another spouse or partner
- Are in jail
- Have not paid back, for instance: immigration loans, performance bonds, or court-ordered family support payments
- Did not give the financial support you promised to give in a past sponsorship
- Have declared bankruptcy and have not been discharged
- Are receiving social assistance (disability excluded)
- Have been convicted of a violent crime or sexual offence in Canada
- Cannot legally stay in Canada
Learn more about the eligibility requirements for sponsorship here.
Who can you sponsor?
You can sponsor your spouse, common-law partner as well as conjugal partner.
Your spouse can be either sex. However they must be legally married to you and at least 18 years old.
A common-law partner is not married to you, can be either sex and must be at least 18. Importantly, they must have been living with you for at least 12 consecutive months. Periods apart must have been short and temporary.
A onjugal partner is not legally married to you, can be either sex and is at least 18. However, they must be in a relationship with you for at least 1 year. They must also live outside of Canada and cannot live with you in their home country due to immigration reasons. These reasons include marital status, sexual orientation, as well as fear of persecution.
What must my family members provide?
To be admissible to Canada, the family members you sponsor must provide all required documents, biometrics, as well as an Immigration Medical Exam.pIf you have any questions, contact our office at by Phone or email.