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Understanding Spousal Sponsorship in Canada

Spousal sponsorship is an essential immigration process in Canada that allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their spouses or common-law partners to live with them in the country. It is a means of reuniting families and supporting the integration of newcomers into Canadian society. In this blog, we will explore the key aspects of spousal sponsorship in Canada, providing you with information to help you navigate this process successfully.

Eligibility Criteria

Before embarking on the spousal sponsorship journey, it's crucial to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. To sponsor your spouse or partner, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and be at least 18 years old. Additionally, you should be able to prove that your relationship is genuine and not solely for immigration.

Sponsorship Process

The spousal sponsorship process is one application that can be broken down into two main steps: sponsorship and immigration. The sponsorship phase involves the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (the sponsor) applying to sponsor their spouse or partner (the sponsored person). This application is assessed by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Once the sponsorship application is approved, the sponsored person can apply for permanent residence. This stage involves medical exams, background checks, and interviews to determine admissibility. It's essential to be prepared for this step by gathering all the necessary documents and ensuring you meet the requirements.

Financial Obligations

Sponsors in Canada must meet specific financial requirements to ensure they can support their sponsored spouse or partner. These requirements vary depending on the number of people being sponsored and the size of the family. Sponsors must provide financial support for their sponsored spouses or partners for a specific period after they become permanent residents. Financial obligations depend on which family member you are sponsoring.

Processing Times and Fees

Processing times for spousal sponsorship applications can vary, but it typically takes several months to a year or more. To expedite the process, make sure your application is complete and that you submit all the required documentation. Keep in mind that the processing times can change, so it's essential to check the most recent information on the IRCC website.

There are also fees associated with spousal sponsorship, including both the sponsorship and permanent residence application fees. These fees can add up, so it's essential to budget for them in advance.

Annie’s Advice - Avoid delays by submitting a complete application. Make sure you check the official document checklist and include everything that is requested.


Spousal sponsorship is a vital pathway for couples seeking to be together in Canada. While the process may seem complex, with the right information and preparation, you can navigate it successfully. Be sure to meet the eligibility criteria, understand the financial obligations, and be patient with the processing times. Seeking professional guidance from immigration experts or lawyers can also help ensure a smooth spousal sponsorship process.

If you need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact Immigration Station Canada, where we offer professional immigration advice to help you through every step of the process.

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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Immigration Station Canada is a dedicated, professional Canadian Immigration firm practicing out of Northumberland County, just east of Toronto, Canada. We serve clients from Kingston, Belleville, Brighton, Cobourg, Oshawa, the GTA, Guelph, Milton, Stratford, St. Catharines, and around the world. Our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, Anne C. McCaughey (Annie) is an experienced immigration services provider and a fifth-generation Canadian who values the immigration process and the unique individuals who immigrate to Canada to become part of the fabric of this wonderful country. If you would like to submit a question to Ask Annie, use the contact form.

How Can We Help?  We do work permits, study permits, visitor visas, Express Entry, spousal sponsorship, family class sponsorship, and Canadian citizenship with expertise in Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications and Global Talent Stream applications. Please contact us if you would like assistance with your immigration application or to book an appointment.

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