What is Spousal Sponsorship?

“to see families are reunited in Canada” – IRPA 3(1)(d)

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.

Spousal sponsorship

Who can sponsor their spouse?

For spousal sponsorship applications both the sponsor and the spouse are assessed. Genuineness of the marriage or relationship is one of the most important criteria.

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.

What is the govt. processing fee?

The government processing fee is $1,040 for spouse or partner and $150 for a child.

What is the processing time?

The processing time depends on various factors such as in Canada or outside. Average is 12 months.
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Few things to keep in mind!

Here are few very important points to keep in mind for spousal sponsorship and sponsoring dependent children.
  • 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.