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Q. My sponsorship application was returned to me 8 months after I sent it. What should I do?

Question submitted by Kristin B.

Spousal sponsorships can seem easy - until they aren't. If you submit your spousal sponsorship application and it gets returned to you, the first step is to figure out why.

Here are some reasons that could result

in your application being returned;

1. Missed payment of

application fees

Fees ($CAN)

Sponsor your spouse or partner

Sponsorship fee ($75), principal applicant processing fee ($490), and right of permanent residence fee ($515)


Sponsor your spouse or partner without right of permanent residence fee

Sponsorship fee ($75) and principal applicant processing fee ($490)


Sponsor a dependent child

Sponsorship fee ($75) and processing fee ($75)

=150(per child)

Include any dependent child

Include any dependent child on an application with your spouse or partner ($155)

Keep in mind that application fees change periodically. Make sure you check them before you submit your application.

2. The form you used is outdated or incorrect

The IRCC updates its forms periodically and requires the most recent available

form with new applications. Also, many outside of Canada applications have

country-specific requirements for forms. It may be required to include

these additional forms in your application.

3. Incomplete Application Forms

The application forms can be long and complex. It isn't difficult to miss a question or

forget a signature. You may also have forgotten a piece of documentation or

specifically required photo.

4. Incorrect Information

Inconsistent information in your answers, miswritten addresses, or maybe mistaking the

the applicant for the sponsor when filling out the form can all lead to an application return.

The IRCC is responsible for a number of refusals. The IRCC website gives the impression that the process is easy, however after beginning the process and having your application returned or refused, you will begin to see how complex this process is. If an application is returned for issues like using outdated forms, or for being incomplete, it will delay the process by 2 to 3 months.

You should also review your eligibility. There are eligibility criteria for the sponsor and for the applicant.

A sponsorship application involves 2 applications:

  1. An application to be a sponsor.

  2. An application for the spouse, partner, or child for permanent residence.

Who is eligible to become a sponsor:

  • You’re at least 18 years old

  • You’re a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act*

*If you’re a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you must show that you plan to

live in Canada when the persons you want to sponsor become permanent residents.

*You can’t sponsor someone if you’re a permanent resident living outside Canada.

  • You’re able to prove that you’re not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability

  • You can provide for the basic needs of any persons you want to sponsor

Who is eligible to be sponsored:

To show they meet the eligibility requirements, your spouse, partner, dependent child, and their

dependent children (if applicable) must provide:

  • all required forms and documents with their application

  • any additional information requested during processing

You can’t sponsor someone who is inadmissible to Canada.

Immigration Station Canada will work with you and guide you through the best process to achieve your goals, wherever they lead!


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