Permanent Resident Family Reunification | Sponsor your family to Canada

Bring your spouse to Canada as a Permanent Resident



You can sponsor your dependent children, both biological and adopted, to come to Canada if you are a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident. However if you, the parent sponsoring, were already a Canadian citizen at the time your child was born, you will most likely just have to apply for proof of citizenship.


You can sponsor your dependent child under the age of 22 as long as they don’t have a spouse or common-law partner, or over the age of 22 if they are financially dependent on you due to a physical or mental condition.


Permanent residence applicants have the right to include all their dependent children in their application as accompanying family members. However their personal circumstances do not always allow them to do so at the time of applying to Immigration. Should this be your case, and your children are still outside Canada, you can apply through this stream to bring them to Canada as Permanent Residents.

Dependent Child Sponsorship

If you didn’t declare your child at the time you applied for your own permanent residency, you may still be able to sponsor them under certain circumstances.

Either parent, the father or the mother, or both can sponsor their child. However, during the application process, the relationship between the sponsor and the children to be sponsored will be assessed by Immigration Canada in order to corroborate the claimed relationship.


Should the sponsor be residing in Quebec, additional conditions will apply. Please check here for further details.


The average processing time for a spousal sponsorship application is 12 months. This time can vary according to the country of residence of the person to be sponsored, and the processing times in effect by the Canadian immigration offices at the time the application is submitted.
The complexity of the case can increase the time to reach a final decision, as well as an incomplete application. A well-prepared application will definitely help you avoid unnecessary delays and will increase your chances of receiving a prompt approval.
Please keep in mind that these processing times are ever changing.

We work at the pace of our clients but please bear in mind that the gathering of documents may take time. If there are documents missing, the application submission will be delayed until it is complete.

We can help you speed up the process by fully customizing the official checklist for you and by providing you with specific instructions on how and where to obtain the requested supporting documents. We can also guide you through the forms by explaining tricky questions, and by giving you insightful suggestions to help deal with more complex aspects of the process.

As your legal representatives, we will maintain contact with IRCC through the established channels and interpret for you all notifications and requests received from Immigration.

The sponsoree can work in Canada while the application is in process, only if the spousal application is submitted as an inside Canada application and not an overseas application. The sponsoree would need to include an open work permit application as part of the inside spousal application.

Yes, you can apply as common-law partners (as long as substantial proof of having lived together in an intimate relationship for at least 12 months consecutively can be provided) OR as conjugal partners (if you are able to prove that have had a binding relationship for at least one year, but could not live together for reasons beyond your control).

They can be included in the application as accompanying dependent children and receive permanent residence status along with the principal applicant (the sponsored sponsor). They will require a specific authorization from the other parent to permanently immigrate to Canada.

No, but there are alternative programs to help them immigrate. For more information, please contact us and we can provide a free assessment.


To find out if you meet the requirements of any Canadian program, you can complete the form below and/or return the in detailed questionnaire for a free assessment and a no obligation quote.

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