The government of Canada is dedicated to keeping families together. Many foreign nationals leave the comfort of their home country in search of a better life in Canada. When they successfully immigrate to Canada, it’s only natural that they would want to bring their loved ones with them. This is why we have the Family Class Sponsorship Program, and more specifically a subcategory called the Spousal Sponsorship Program. As the name indicates, this program’s focus is reuniting spouses and common-law partners. The sponsor must have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status to be eligible to sponsor their partner.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) knows it is important to help families who come from other countries to reunite in Canada. If you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you can sponsor your spouse, dependent child (including adopted child) or other eligible relative (such as a parent or grandparent) to become a permanent resident.
But the person who is sponsoring them should be able to meet the financial criteria. It takes about 8 to 14 months for spouse and children sponsorship and 24 to 40 months for parents.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their spouse or common-law partner for immigration to Canada. If successful, the sponsored person obtains permanent resident status, allowing the couple (or family, if applicable) to build their lives in Canada.
The common-law / spousal sponsorship Canada immigration program is a part of the Family Class category, through which Canada welcomes a substantial number of new permanent residents annually.
If you are interested in this pathway to permanent residence, either as the sponsor or sponsored person, there is much to consider. Important considerations include:
- What is your civil status?
- Are you living in the same location at the time of the application?
- Is the sponsor a Canadian citizen, or is the sponsor a permanent resident?
Both the sponsor and sponsored person must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in order for the sponsored person to receive Canadian permanent residence.