Spousal sponsorship is a method many people use to bring their spouse, partner, or dependent children to become permanent residents of Canada.

In this guide, you’ll learn

Spousal Sponsorship Application Process

To apply for spousal sponsorship, you must visit the Government of Canada immigration website.  The application costs are $1050 for a spouse or partner and $150 for children. 

Processing time is typically about 12 months for a partner or spouse; however, the timeline for a child can vary by country.  Check here for processing times. This processing time includes the time required for biometrics or physical exams.

Eligibility for Spousal Sponsorship

You can sponsor a spouse, partner, or child in Canada if:

  • You are over 18 years old
  • You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or registered under the Indian Act
  • You live in Canada or can prove that you plan on living in Canada when the person you are sponsoring arrives
  • You can verify you are not receiving social assistance unless you have a disability
  • You can provide for the basic needs of the people you are sponsoring

To sponsor someone to come into Canada, you must prove that you can financially support them for a specific period of time.  This is called an undertaking.

During this time you agree to:

  • Provide for the basic needs of your family members
  • Repay any social assistance you or your family members receive
  • The person that is being sponsored will make every effort to support themselves
  • Provide financial support for the persons being sponsored

You only need to show that you have enough income if you are sponsoring someone with a dependent child.  Otherwise, proof of income is not required. 

Many things can disqualify you from being eligible.  Unfortunately, the fees are non-refundable.  It is best to consult an expert immigration consultant to have this process go smoothly. 

Who Are You Eligible to Sponsor?

The short answer is your common-law partner, dependent children, spouse, or conjugal partner.

Common-law partner:

  • Not legally married to you
  • Either sex
  • Over 18 years old
  • Living with you over 12 months

You will need to provide proof of the above.


  • Legally married to you
  • Over 18 years old

Conjugal Partner:

  • Not married or common law with you
  • Either sex
  • Over 18 years old
  • In a relationship with you for over one year
  • Lives outside of Canada
  • They can’t live with you in their country because of legal or immigration reasons.

Dependent Children:

  • Under 22 years old
  • Do not have a spouse or common-law partner

Other factors can disqualify your family member from being eligible.  Consult a professional to make sure before applying.

How to Apply

There are two applications you must finish to apply

  1. Become a sponsor
  2. Apply for permanent residence

Both applications get sent at the same time. 

Your application fees get paid upon sending the application.  There are also fees for biometrics and third party fees. 

The applications are mailed in and get returned if anything is missing.  It can be easy to fill out the application incorrectly, and it is wise to consult an expert to review the form. 

What to Expect After Application?

After you apply, you must wait until the application review has been completed.

Your application will be returned to you if it is incomplete or fees are missing. 

If you are rejected as a sponsor, a portion of your fees will be returned to you. 

People who are approved to be a sponsor go on to the next step.  The government assesses the eligibility of the person being sponsored. 

They are sent an online link with their application number, where they are required to give additional information.  The applicant will be asked for other documentation, including biometrics, police check, and medical exams. 

The application process can take a long time.  If there are any mistakes or problems, it takes a long time to find out.  It is better to have it done right the first time and not have to redo the process.

You can check the status of your application here.

Why use an Immigration Consultant?

An immigration consultant is a professional that helps guide people through the complicated process of immigration in Canada. 

Main reasons to use an immigration consultant

  1. Higher chance of being accepted the first try
  2. Less stress and more comfortable to have guidance
  3. Reduce the chance of rejection which costs both money and time

With something as important as bringing your family members into Canada, trust the experts.  Call the experts at Preferred Immigration today!