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Canadian spousal sponsorship is how a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor their partner to come to Canada and live permanently. In Canada, we know how important it is for families to be together. For this reason, applications for spousal sponsorship are considered a top priority.
Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are already living with their spouse in Canada can apply to sponsor them through the inland spousal sponsorship stream of the family sponsorship program. Inland spousal sponsorship gives applicants the ability to continue living in Canada while their application for permanent residence is processed. If the applicant’s temporary status document is not valid for the duration of the sponsorship processing period, they will need to apply for an extension, or a new status document, to maintain their legal status in Canada while their sponsorship application is being processed. Spousal sponsorship applications are processed within 12 months in the majority of cases. Traveling abroad while an inland sponsorship application is being processed is permitted, however, it is not recommended. In the event the sponsored person is denied re-entry into Canada for whatever reason, their sponsorship application may be deemed abandoned. If this happens, they will need to submit a new sponsorship
application. If they are not legally residing in Canada, they will need to submit an outland spousal sponsorship application.
In order for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to be deemed eligible to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner, they must:
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada
- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of submitting their sponsorship application
- Not have received spousal sponsorship to Canada within the last five years
- Not be bankrupt, in prison, or charged with a serious offense
- Not be under a removal order, if they are a Canadian permanent resident
- Not be a close blood relative of the sponsor
- Be at least 18 years of age
The relationship between the sponsor and sponsored person must prove to be either a legal marriage or a common-law or conjugal partnership, as recognized by IRCC. To be legally valid, the marriage must either have been legally performed in Canada or, if performed outside of Canada, legally recognized in both the country where it took place and in Canada. While same-sex marriages are legal in Canada, the marriage must have been performed in a country where same-sex marriage is legal in order for the marriage to be legally valid for sponsorship purposes. In the event the marriage is not valid in the country in which it was performed, a sponsorship application may still be made, as long as a common-law or conjugal relationship can be proven.