Permanent Resident Family Reunification | Sponsor your family to Canada

Bring your spouse to Canada as a Permanent Resident



Every year the government opens an intake period for a limited number of this type of application (e.g. 27000 in 2019).  Complete Expressions of Interest received are given a chance to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) on a first-come, first-served basis.


We can help you prepare in advance the application package you will need to submit in case you receive an invitation to apply. Or if you have already received an invitation, we can assist you in the preparation of the final application. Please take into account that an incomplete application will be returned to you unprocessed, and you will have to send a new Expression of Interest to sponsor the following year.

Regroupement familial

There are strict financial requirements to sponsor a parent or a grandparent to come to Canada as permanent residents, for which the last three years before sponsorship will be used to calculate the sponsor’s income to check it meets minimum requirements. If the sponsor is married or in a common-law relationship, the spouse or partner will be able to act as co-signer and thus increase the income level declared for the program.


Additionally, the sponsor will sign an undertaking agreement with the Canadian government that will make them financially responsible for their family members for 20 years from the moment they enter Canada as permanent residents.


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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