After you apply: get next steps – Sponsor your spouse, partner or children

Our goal is to reduce wait times for spouses and partners. To do this, we are working to process the applications in the spousal sponsorship backlog.

Waiting for your application to be processed? Avoid further delays by

  • answering quickly if we ask you to give us more information; and
  • following the instructions in our requests.

If you fail to respond, your application could be refused.

Does your spouse or partner want to work while they wait for their application to be processed?

If you are sponsoring your spouse or partner under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in-Canada Class, they may be eligible for an open work permit. Find out how to apply.

The application assessment process

The Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Ontario (CPC-M) will review your sponsorship application.

Your application will be returned to you if:

  • it is incomplete,
  • the sponsorship and processing fees are missing, or

If we begin to process your application, we will:

  • send you an acknowledgment of receipt letter with an application number,
  • assess your eligibility as a sponsor, and
  • assess if the person you are sponsoring meets the permanent residence requirements.

View current processing times to find out how long it will take us to process your application.

If you are approved as a sponsor

We will assess if the person you want to sponsor meets the permanent residence requirements. If their permanent residence application is refused, we will let you know why the application was refused and how to appeal the decision.

If you are refused as a sponsor

Your relative can still apply for permanent residence. Their application may not be approved.

Check the status of your application

You can check the status of your application online.

If the normal processing time for your application has passed and you cannot check the status of your application online, you can contact us using this Web form.

Change in contact information or in personal circumstances

To avoid delays in processing, make sure your contact information and your application details are up-to-date.

Use this Web form to notify us of changes in your application, such as:

  • Changes in your personal circumstances such as a birth or adoption of a child, a marriage or a divorce.
  • Change in contact information (email, mailing address and phone number).

Continue to monitor your old contact information until your application is updated.

Do not mail changes in contact or application information to CPC-M. We will not acknowledge your request and your application will not be updated. This could lead to a delay in processing your application.

Withdraw your sponsorship application

You can withdraw your sponsorship application at any time before the relative you are sponsoring becomes a permanent resident of Canada.

You may be able to get a refund if we did not start processing your application.

Use this Web form to request the withdrawal of your sponsorship application. In your request, include your:

  • Full name,
  • Date of birth,
  • Country of birth,
  • Application Number (if known), and
  • Relative’s Client ID Number (UCI) (if known).

Appoint or change a representative

Send us a completed and signed Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) via this Web form. In your request, include your:

  • Full name,
  • Date of birth,
  • Country of birth,
  • Application Number (if known), and
  • Relative’s Client ID Number (UCI) (if known).

You can upload the form after you have completed all the required fields.

Submit your Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) or request a refund

Use this Web form if:

  • the Visa Office has instructed your relative to pay the RPRF, or
  • you want a refund for the RPRF.

Refunds can only be issued once you have declined your right of appeal.

In your request, include the:

  • Full name,
  • Date of birth,
  • Country of birth,
  • Application Number (if known),
  • Relative’s Client ID Number (UCI) (if known), and
  • Copy of the Official Receipt.

You can upload the Official Receipt after you have completed all the required fields.

Do not send the same enquiry more than once as it will delay the processing of your application.

Need help?

If you need help, you can find answers to your questions in the Help Centre.

 
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