Spouse Sponsorship - Canada Immigration Visas
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Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner from another country to immigrate to Canada. With sponsorship, the applicant can receive permanent resident status in Canada.
The sponsor must sign an agreement with the Canadian Government to financially support the applicant for 3 years after they become a permanent resident of Canada.
- Sponsor is a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
- Sponsor is at least 18 years of age,
- The applicant is over the age of 16, and
- Sponsor must sign a 3 year sponsorship agreement with the Canadian Government to financially support the spouse or partner.
Who You can Sponsor
Spouse (Husband, Wife)
If you married in Canada, you need to have a marriage certificate issued by the province or territory where you were married.
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If your marriage took place outside of Canada, the marriage must be legally recognized in that country and under Canadian law.
A marriage certificate does not prove your relationship is genuine. Even with your marriage certficate, your application can be refused.
You can sponsor a common law partner if you have lived together in a conjugal relationship for 12 months without interruption (some exceptions apply).
You will need to prove that you and your partner have a household together and that your affairs are combined. The common-law partner can be of the same or opposite sex.
This immigration category is for partners who have been unable to live together due to circumstances beyond their control. In order to qualify, you must meet the other criteria for spousal or common-law sponsorship.
The relationship must be more than just a physical relationship. The level of commitment equals the commitment of marriage and common-law relationships. You will need to provide proof of your commitment! Examples include owning property together, joint bank accounts, etc.
You may qualify for this category if you have not been able to live together due to:
- An immigration barrier,
- Your marital status (The applicant is married to some-one else and their country does not permit divorce), or
- Your sexual orientation.
You will need to prove that there was a plausible reason you could not live together. If you could have lived together, but decided not to, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will question your level of commitment to each other.
Fiancé or Fiancee
The Canadian Government does not permit you to sponsor your fiancé(e), unless you qualify as a conjugal or common-law partner. There may be alternative ways for the applicant to immigrate to Canada. If you would like to bring your fiancé or fiancee to Canada, contact us to set up a consultation with one of our Regulated Immigration Consultants.
Two Types of Sponsorship Applications
Outside of Canada Spousal Sponsorship
The applicant lives in different country. This is sometimes the fastest way to an approved application. Usually, the sponsored person comes to Canada after a Permanent Resident Visa has been issued. The applicant has the right to appeal in case of a negative decision by immigration. Even when the applicant lives in Canada, they still have the right to use an overseas visa office for processing of the application.
In-Canada Spousal Sponsorship
The applicant lives in Canada before and during the application. In order to qualify, the spouse must have legal status in Canada with visa or permit, or be without status e.g. expired tourist visa, as long as there is no removal order.
Careful! If your spouse travels out of the country during the application and is refused re-entry, your application could be void!
The Application Process:
The Canadian citizen or permanent resident applies to sponsor the spouse, common-law, or conjugal partner.
The spouse, common-law or conjugal partner applies for permanent residence.
Processing Times for Sponsorship Applications (CIC - Government)
When the applicant lives outside of Canada:
|Application for:||Assessment of Sponsor||Assessment of Applicant|
|Spouse||26 days||Contact us for estimate|
|Common-law partner||26 days||Contact us for estimate|
|Dependent Child||26 days||Contact us for estimate|
When the applicant lives in Canada:
|Application Type||Assessment of sponsor and person being sponsored||Medical, security, background checks and other for applicant|
|Spouse||10 months||8 months|
|Common-law partner||10 months||8 months|
How our Regulated Immigration Consultants Help
“A marriage certificate and love is not enough.”
Our Regulated Immigration Consultants complete and submit the applications for you. You can continue to enjoy life, and we do all the paperwork. We’ll ask some questions and let you know what information and supporting documents we need to complete your application, and you're done!
We help prove that your spouse or partner deserves a permanent resident card. Each year, spouses and partners are refused permanent resident status or entry into Canada. This happens when Immigration Officials do not believe the relationship is real or when applications are delayed if submitted with errors or omissions.
Our Regulated immigration consultants are experienced in proving that your relationship is real, and will assist you collect the evidence to prove it.
We'll explain and justify the unusual. Anything unusual like a large age difference, cultural difference, or a religious difference can cast doubt on the genuineness of your application. Our consultants present it just right to Citizenship and Immigration Canada to maximize your chances of success.
We'll make sure your application and supporting documents are accurate, complete and follow Canada’s Immigration Law.
Our Sponsorship Package - What We Do:
We help prevent delays to your application and reduce the chances of rejection by:
- Checking for factors that may negatively affect your application,
- Assist you in deciding whether to apply from outside or inside of Canada,
- Completing and submitting your application, helping you collect evidence and supporting documents,
- Ensuring your application is accurate and complete,
- Preparing for the Interview - mock immigration interview counselling,
- Sending you regular reports on your application status,
- Providing information regarding medical exams and police certificates,
- Assessing for sponsorship eligibility,
- Helping prove that your relationship is genuine,
- Keeping Citizenship and Immigration Canada updated on your case and situation,
- Assisting the applicant with Medical Service Plan Health Insurance, private insurance, social insurance registration, driver’s licensing, rent & housing information, and provide an orientation to Canada’s education system,
- Assisting the applicant with attaining a permanent resident card, and
Our Sponsorship Package - What You Do:
Simply provide truthful answers to our questions, documents as per our detailed instructions, and we take care of everything else!
Sponsorship Service Cost
Our service cost depends on application complexity and service level. Clients are given a flat-fee quote prior to service start and most clients qualify for a payment plan. If you are thinking about hiring an immigration consultant or lawyer for your sponsorship application, request a service proposal and quote.
|Citizenship and Immigration Canada Fees||Amount|
|Sponsorship and Permanent Resident Application Fee||$550|
|Right of Permanent Residence Fee*||$490*|
*This fee can be paid after application processing is complete and before a permanent resident visa is issued.
**You may incurr additional expenses such as: translations, courier, medical examination, police clearance, professional fees, additional processing costs for children.
Sponsorship Information - Did you know?, Eligibility, and FAQ's
Did you know?
The minimum income requirement is waived for sponsors of spouses and common-law or conjugal partners.
Both the sponsor and the spouse/partner can live in a foreign country while applying for Canadian spousal sponsorship. You will need to prove that you both intend to live in Canada.
There are many factors that affect your eligibility to sponsor. Depending on the province where you live, there may be additional sponsorship requirements.
If you have sponsored someone before and that person has requested government financial assistance, this can affect your application.
A marriage conducted in an embassy or consulate needs to comply with the law of the country, not the country the embassy is representing.
Failing to disclose information to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (e.g. family members or not having them examined) will prevent you from sponsoring them in the future. This is called misrepresentation.
If your friends have a hard time understanding your relationship, Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials will as well! You’ll have to justify your claims and prove that your relationship is genuine.
You are not eligible to be a sponsor if you:
- Have not provided financial support for a previous sponsorship commitment,
- Are under 18 years old,
- Were married to someone else at the time of your marriage to the applicant,
- Have lived apart from each other and one of you has been in a common-law or conjugal relationship with a third person,
- Immigrated to Canada and the applicant should have, but was not examined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and
- Have an existing sponsorship agreement that has not yet expired.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I sponsor my same-sex partner as a spouse?
- You can sponsor a same-sex partner as a spouse if you were married in Canada after certain dates. If you were married outside of Canada, your marriage must be recognized both in the country of marriage and under Canadian law.
- We are engaged to be married. Can I sponsor my future wife or husband?
- You may sponsor as a common law partner if you have lived together for at least 12 continuous months, or as a spouse after you become married.
- I don’t make very much money. Can I still sponsor my wife?
- Yes, you can. The minimum income requirements are waived for spousal sponsors; however, you are not able to sponsor someone if you are on social assistance other than disability. Also, you must convince the immigration officer that adequate financial arrangements are in place for your family member(s) after they land in Canada. This means showing to the immigration officer there is no risk you or your dependants will require social assistance in the foreseeable future. If your family income is low, we are able to offer you a flexible payment plan for our service fees, at no additional financial cost to you.
- Should I apply from “Within Canada” or from “Outside of Canada?”
- There are many factors to consider when selecting your application type. Sometimes, an “In-Canada” spouse sponsorship application takes much longer than an “Outside of Canada” sponsorship application. Depending on your nationality; however, the inland process may be quicker. In addition, applying from within Canada may affect your right to an appeal and limit travel options during processing. Other factors to consider include removal risk, study and work permission timing, interview travel requirements, and more. What’s best for you depends on your personal circumstances and your status within Canada. We are able to assist you weigh the pros and cons and come to the best decision.
- Why are applicants called in for an interview?
- Applicants will be called in for an interview if Citizenship and Immigration officials doubt that the relationship is genuine. Should the interview go poorly, it’s likely that the application will be denied.
- We have a genuine relationship. I’ve looked at the criteria, and it seems that I qualify. Is my application guaranteed approval?
- Unfortunately not. If your application is not properly prepared or of the supporting documents are not up to the standards of Canada Citizenship and Immigration, your application for a family visa may be refused.
- I’ve heard someone say I need to financially support my sponsored party for 3 years and heard another person say the commitment is 10 years. Which is it?
- For spouses, common-law partners, or conjugal partners you need to provide financial support for 3 years.
- For dependent children aged under 22 of your spouse or partner, you need to provide 10 years of financial support or until the dependent child turns 25 years of age, whichever is first.
- For dependent children over the age of 25, you must provide financial support for 3 years.
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