Spousal Sponsorship Canada


It’s difficult to move abroad and leave family members on the other coast. Spousal sponsorship applications are processed with the utmost attention at Canadian Visa Offices as spousal sponsorship is strongly supported by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Reuniting families in Canada is one of the goals of the Canadian government. The family class immigration stream with the highest demand is the spouse sponsorship program. Recently, the average processing period for applications for both cases inside and outside of Canada was halved, from 26 to 12 months.

A Canadian citizen or permanent resident must sponsor the spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner who wishes to immigrate to Canada under the spousal sponsorship category. If you sought to sponsor a spouse outside of Canada, the Canadian immigration authorities will give the applicant a Canada Spouse Visa (a confirmation of permanent residence) if a decision is made and the sponsorship application is granted. Shreehari Immigration Consultants will assist you with Immigration through Spousal Open Sponsorship Canada.

When the applicant (person being sponsored) arrives in Canada, they will be granted permanent residency; however, they must visit the country before the temporary visa’s expiration date.

If you want to apply for spousal sponsorship within Canada, your application will be handled first, and after it is accepted, your temporary status will change to permanent. Spousal sponsorship within Canada enables the sponsored person to apply for an Open-Work Permit while they are still residing in Canada.

We offer a variety of alternatives for our Canadian immigration services, including Full Representation, Final Review, and Do-It-Yourself packages. You can schedule an initial consultation to speak with an immigration consultant in Toronto if you have any questions.

Spousal Sponsorship Timeline



Fill out all the paperwork and get ready any supporting materials needed for your scenario. Depending on the applicant’s resident nation & any documents provided by other countries, the application package may vary. Your spouse may also be able to apply for an Open Work Permit if you’re applying under the Spouse in Canada class.

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Processing begins at this moment. The IRCC won’t email you an acknowledgement of receipt until they’ve opened your application and verified its accuracy. It’s possible that you will be asked for further documents as the process progresses. Keep an eye out for updates by checking your email and online account.


The deadline and instructions for completing the medical exam will be provided by IRCC. Following receipt of these instructions, you have 30 days to schedule your medical examination. These guidelines must be followed may reject your application. IRCC will get in touch with you to let you know if there was a problem with your medical exam.


After receiving all required data, IRCC will complete processing your application. The applicant will be informed that their application has been approved once. You will be granted entry as a permanent resident into Canada if the officer determines that you meet the qualifications to enter.

Spouse Visa Requirements


You Are Eligible To Sponsor If You Are:

A permanent resident, a citizen of Canada, or an Indian who has registered under the Canadian Indian Act,

A minimum age of 18

Resident of Canada

If you are a Canadian citizen who currently resides outside of Canada, you must demonstrate your intention to return to the country once your sponsored relative is granted permanent residency.

If you are a Canadian permanent resident residing abroad, you cannot sponsor someone.

You must also be able to demonstrate your ability to meet the basic needs of:


Your spouse or companion,

Dependant child(ren) of your spouse or partner (if applicable)

If you are only sponsoring one dependent child, the child(ren) you are sponsoring.

If Any of The Following Applies To You:

if you haven’t been a permanent resident for three years and you signed an agreement for a former spouse or partner,

get social aid but not because of a disability,

They sponsored a person and failed to repay any social help they got while the endeavor was in place.

are in arrears on a performance bond or an immigration loan

did to pay alimony or child support as imposed by the court

having filed for bankruptcy but not yet been released

were found guilty of

an offense with a sexual component,

a serious crime,

A crime against a family member that resulted in physical damage or

Depending on the nature of the offense, when it occurred, and if you were pardoned, you may have threatened or attempted to commit any of the aforementioned crimes.

Minimum Income Requirements


Most of the time, there is no low-income cut-off (LICO) for sponsorships of a husband, partner, or dependent child. However, you must achieve a minimum LICO score, which is set by the Canadian government each year, if either your spouse or partner, who you are supporting, has a dependent kid who has dependent children of their own, or if the dependent child you are sponsoring has a dependent child of their own. You must submit a Financial Evaluation (IMM 1283) form with your application if you need to meet LICO standards.

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      Sponsor Spouse, Partner Or Fiance


      Spouse Visa

      A spouse is a person who must be wed to a sponsor lawfully. Both the laws of the nation where the marriage took place as well as Canadian law should recognize the union as legal. It is crucial to confirm the consanguinity requirements in the country where the marriage took place. The bond between a married couple must be sincere and ongoing. Additionally, a married pair must be able to show that they are committed to living as a unit. If the sponsor had been previously married and acquired a divorce, it had to be recognized in Canada as well as being legitimate in the nation where it was obtained. It’s possible that country-specific laws will apply.

      Fiance/Fiancee Visa

      A pair who is engaged to get married or betrothed is said to be in a fiancé/fiancée relationship. In 2002, the Canadian government ended its fiancé/fiancée visa. You may want to think about the common-law partner stream if you have lived with your fiancé(e) for longer than a year. Or you may think of the conjugal partner stream if you were in a relationship but were unable to cohabitate because of extraordinary circumstances. You’ll probably think about getting married abroad & starting the spousal sponsorship procedure. You can consider bringing your fiance over as a guest so that you can get married there, but you’ll have to tell the visa office that she is engaged to you.

      Common-Law Partner​

      A common-law partner is someone with whom a sponsor has lived together in a marriage-like relationship for at least 12 continuous months without experiencing any significant separations. Each person’s absence must have been brief and/or just temporary in order to travel for business, family, or employment-related reasons. Given that they have lived together for at least a year, a cohabiting common-law partner’s relationship with a sponsor may be regarded as a common-law partnership even if they have not yet divorced their prior spouse. There are rules pertaining to consanguinity and the minimum age. Sponsor and the applicant must show documentation attesting to their shared living arrangements for at least a year.

      Conjugal Partner

      A person who lives outside of Canada and has been in a conjugal (marriage-like) relationship with the sponsor for at least a year is considered the sponsor’s conjugal partner. It is significant to emphasize that this is a particular type of candidates who, absent certain impediments to marriage or cohabitation, would not ordinarily be eligible to immigrate as spouses or common-law partners. In this unique circumstance, cohabitation is not a prerequisite for a romantic partnership. However, an immigration barrier is typically to blame for the absence of cohabitation. It is still possible to submit a sponsored application for permanent residence, but only through the Family Class outside-of-Canada route.

      Application Forms (Checklist)

      You must mail the Spouse Visa Document Checklist (IMM5533) together with your application materials. IMM 5533 offers a list of the paperwork you must fill out and submit together with your application to sponsor. There may also be regulations and special instructions that are country-specific.

      Application Processing Time

      For all applications submitted inside and outside of Canada, the IRCC recently slashed the processing period for spousal sponsorship from up to 26 months to 12 months. You can track the progress of your spousal sponsorship application online while processing. 

      Sponsorship Application Fees

      Regardless of where you live, there are no differences in the processing costs for spouse visa applications. Depending on the type of fee and your location, you can pay these fees to the Government of Canada in a variety of ways. Professional fees will be charged in the event that you choose to retain our services.