The Proper Way to Sponsor Your Spouse or Partner for Canadian Immigration

Canada will carry-on with its plan to accelerate up to 6,000 spousal sponsorship applications every month. It wishes to do so until the end of this year.

IRCC had made this big announcement in late-September. In its announcement, it also said the way they wish to bring loved ones together as soon as possible in this global pandemic situation.

Right before the pandemic, Canada had a target of inviting around 70,000 newcomers each year. This was under their spousal, partner, and children’s family class immigration category.

They recently made a new announcement about their new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. According to this plan, the number of newcomers is set to rise in the days to come.

Due to this, Canada aims at welcoming around 80,000 immigrants every year under the same category. The majority of these newcomers will be arriving under spousal sponsorship.

Who Can Sponsor Their Partner For Canadian Immigration?

Booth permanent residents and citizens of Canada can sponsor their partners to get permanent residence.

Both the sponsor and the person they wish to sponsor need to show IRCC that they share a relationship under one of the below categories:

  1. Spouse
  2. Conjugal partner
  3. Common-law partner

Canadians and permanent residents may sponsor a loved one. However, the sponsored person needs to fulfill three criteria:

  • Should be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Prove that they are not receiving any social assistance apart from a disability
  • Should demonstrate that the sponsor can financially provide for all your basic needs

If the sponsor is a Canadian but resides outside Canada, he needs to prove that he intends to live in the country with the person whom he wishes to sponsor.

Eligibility Criteria for Partners

The person whom you wish to sponsor should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Spouse: Must be legally married to you and should be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  2. Common-Law Partner: Should be a minimum of 18 years of age and must have lived with you for consecutive 12 months.
  3. Conjugal Partner: Should be a minimum of 18 years of age. The person should have been in a relationship with you for the last year. The person should also live outside Canada and cannot live with you in their home country or even marry you due to immigration or significant legal causes.

Steps To Submit a Sponsorship Application

IRCC has asked candidates to submit two applications together. One will be for sponsorship and the other will be for permanent residence application.

1st Step

Acquire an application package from IRCC.

2nd Step

Pay all the application fees to IRCC. These fees include the right of permanent residence fee, processing fee, and biometrics fee. You will have to pay all of these on their website.

3rd Step

Complete the application and mail it to IRCC.

The processing standard of IRCC is 12 months.

Get in touch with us on WhatsApp or Call us at 905-671-4442. You may even email us at if you have any queries about your spousal sponsorship and permanent residence application.

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