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
- making sure your application is up to date;
- 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.
If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you can sponsor your:
- common-law or conjugal partner, or
- dependent children
to immigrate to Canada.
If you sponsor a family member to immigrate to Canada, you must provide proof that you can:
- meet basic needs—such as food, clothing and shelter—for yourself and your family,
- support your relative financially and
- make sure your spouse or relative does not need to ask for financial help from the government.
Determine your eligibility
Find out if you are eligible to sponsor your spouse, partner or children.
If you live in Quebec, you must also meet Quebec’s conditions to be a sponsor.
The first step is to apply to be a sponsor. You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and at least 18 years old.
Check processing times
Find out how long it will take Citizenship and Immigration Canada to process your sponsorship application.
After you apply: Next steps
Learn what happens after you apply to sponsor your family.
Prepare for arrival
Find out what you need to do to prepare for your family members to arrive in Canada.
Top questions about sponsoring your family
- How long will it take to process my application?
- Which family members can come with me to Canada when I immigrate?
- How can I sponsor my spouse or children?
- How old must my spouse or partner be for me to sponsor them to immigrate to Canada?
- How can my common-law partner and I prove we have been together for 12 months?
- I am sponsoring my spouse or partner who is in Canada. Can they work while their application is in process?
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