Can my spouse or common-law partner and dependent children come with me to Canada?
If you are coming to Canada for a short time
Your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children can come with you to Canada or visit you in Canada, if they:
- meet all the requirements for temporary residents to Canada,
- satisfy an immigration officer they will only stay in Canada temporarily,
- can prove they have no criminal record, if necessary, and
- meet all the conditions for getting a temporary resident visa, if they are from a country or territory whose citizens require a visa in order to enter Canada as visitors.
If you are moving to Canada permanently
Your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children can come with you to Canada if:
- you and your family members meet the eligibility requirements of your program (for example, you meet the income requirement to sponsor your family members),
- your children qualify as dependants, and
- your family members are not inadmissible to Canada.
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