Canadian immigration law allows Canadian permanent residents and citizens to sponsor their spouse. You can sponsor a dependent child at the same time when you sponsor your spouse. There are some differences when your spouse is in Canada vs. overseas.
Many of the requirements will depend on whether you live in Quebec or outside of Quebec. The most common requirements are highlighted below. In most cases, there is no income requirement to sponsor your spouse or dependent children.
- Firstly, must be at least 18 years old.
- Must be a Canadian citizen of a permanent resident.
- And, must not be receiving social assistance other than from disability.
- Must provide basic needs of the persons you sponsor.
- Dependent children must be under 22 years of age at the submission of the application.
- Your sponsor must not be inadmissible to Canada.
- If you have more than one spouse, you can only sponsor one.
- For 3 years you are financially responsible for your spouse.
- For children under 13 years of age you are responsible for 10 years.
- And, for children from 13 to 19 years, you are responsible until they turn 22 years old.
- For children over 19 years of age, you are responsible for 3 years.
- If you were sponsored as a spouse, you may not sponsor a new spouse or partner for 5 years.