Spousal And Common-law Partner Sponsorship:
The Family Class allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their dependent children, parents and grandparents, and spouse or common-law/conjugal partner. Canada strongly supports keeping families together whenever possible. As such, the processing of Family Class applications is given the highest priority at Canadian Visa Offices.
Sponsorship is process that allows an individual who is partnered with a Canadian citizen (or permanent resident) to gain permanent residence in a relatively quick process (around 6 to 8 months or so) without having to meet language, education or work experience requirements of other categories.
Who can become a sponsor?
You can become a sponsor if you are:
- at least 18 years old
- a Canadian citizen, a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or a permanent resident living in Canada:
- if you are a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you must show that you plan to live in Canada when your sponsored relative becomes a permanent resident
- you can’t sponsor someone if you are a permanent resident living outside Canada
- able to prove that you are not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability
If you live in Quebec, you must also meet Quebec’s conditions to be a sponsor
Who can’t become a sponsor?
You can’t be a sponsor if you:
- have failed to pay:
- an immigration loan
- a performance bond
- family support payments
- have failed to provide for the basic needs of a previously-sponsored relative who received social assistance
- are under a removal order
- are in a penitentiary, jail, reformatory or prison
- receive social assistance for a reason other than a disability
- are still going through the process of bankruptcy (undischarged bankruptcy)
- were sponsored by a spouse or partner and you became a permanent resident less than five years ago
- sponsored a previous spouse or partner and three years have not passed since this person became a permanent resident have already applied to sponsor your current spouse, partner or child and a decision on your application hasn’t been made yet were convicted of a violent or sexual offence, or an offence that caused bodily harm to a relative—or you attempted or threatened to commit any of these offences.
Who you can sponsor?
You can sponsor a:
- common-law partner
- dependent child
To be eligible for permanent residence, the principal applicant and any dependants must not be inadmissible to Canada.
Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner
You can sponsor your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner if:
- he or she is at least 18 years old
- your relationship is genuine (real) and wasn’t entered into just to get permanent resident status in Canada
If your spouse or common-law partner is applying in the Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada class, he or she must co-habit (live) with you in Canada.
Sponsors living in Quebec
The province of Quebec has its own immigration rules. Find out how to sponsor someone if you live in Quebec.