Bring your spouse to Canada as a Permanent Resident
Bring your spouse as a Permanent Resident
The approval of a spousal or partner sponsorship application will depend on the couple being able to prove a genuine relationship.
There are several paths for this kind of application that combine different factors and circumstances such as the sponsor’s financial situation, the sponsoree’s place of residence, history of the relationship between the sponsor and the person being supported, the sponsored person’s immigration status in Canada, and others.
You can contact us for a free assessment to find out which of the following situations best applies to your case:
● OUTSIDE SPOUSE OR COMMON-LAW PARTNER SPONSORSHIP
If you, the person to be sponsored, are living outside or inside Canada with temporary status, you can apply through this stream. With this option, the application will be processed by an overseas visa office, either located in your country of residence or at the country responsible for all the applications submitted in the region.
● SPOUSE OR COMMON-LAW PARTNER SPONSORSHIP WHEN A CANADIAN CITIZEN IS LIVING ABROAD
If both the sponsor and sponsoree live abroad, they can still submit an application; however, they will have to provide additional documentation to show that both will relocate to Canada once the permanent residence visa is approved.
● IN CANADA CLASS SPOUSE OR COMMON-LAW PARTNER SPONSORSHIP
If the person to be sponsored is already in Canada (either with valid immigration status or having overstayed their status in Canada), this could be their best option.
● IN CANADA CLASS SPOUSE OR COMMON-LAW PARTNER SPONSORSHIP AND OPEN WORK PERMIT
If the person to be sponsored is already in Canada as a visitor, worker or student, they can benefit from an Open Work Permit that will allow them to work until permanent residence is approved legally.
● SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIP SPONSORSHIP
Same-sex partners, already married or not, can apply through the sponsorship program to reunite in Canada. We have great expertise with this kind of application and can guide you through this sensitive process.
● SPONSORING FROM QUÉBEC
If you, the sponsor, reside in the province of Québec, additional requirements apply. You will have to submit a separate undertaking application to the province. We can help you file this application since we have part of our staff of Immigration Consultants certified by the province of Québec.
It will depend on the program, the country of residence and the processing times in effect by the Canadian immigration offices when the application is submitted. You can find the approximate processing times by clicking on the following link:
Please keep in mind that these processing times are ever-changing. In our experience, these times can generally be summarized in the following way:
Express entry: approximately six months.
Spouse sponsorships: about 12 months.
Provincial nomination programs: approximately six months to receive the provincial certificate and then about 14-17 months to finalize the immigration progress.
We work at the pace of our clients, but please bear in mind that the gathering of documents may take time. If records are 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 providing 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 can prove that have had a binding relationship for at least one year, but have not been able to live together for reasons beyond your control).
They can be included in the application as accompanying dependent children and receive permanent residence status and 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 any Canadian program requirements, you can complete the form below or return the detailed questionnaire for a free assessment and a no-obligation quote.