Processing Times: Family Sponsorship

This information shows the time it takes to process an application after we receive a complete application package. The processing times are calculated in calendar days.

Important notice: There are two consecutive steps in processing family sponsorship applications. In order to know the total approximate time you must ADD the times together.

Last update: December 10, 2014

Person to be sponsored lives outside of Canada
Type of application Assessment of Sponsor
Updated weekly
Assessment of Person Being Sponsored (applicant)
Status available online
Updated quarterly
Total
Spouse, common‑law partner or dependent child

58 days


(Working on applications received on October 14, 2014)

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Assessment of Sponsor + Assesment of Person Being Sponsored (applicant)
Parents and grandparentsNote 1

41 monthsNote 2


(working on applications received on or before April 30, 2011)

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Adopted children, children to be adopted, orphans and other family classes Processed daily on a priority basis

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Notes for sponsorship OUTSIDE of Canada:

Assessment of sponsor: If you are the sponsor and live inside Canada and it has been longer than the time shown above since you applied, please contact the Call Centre.

Assessment of person being sponsored (applicant): If you have questions, you must contact the appropriate visa office. Call Centre agents cannot answer questions about person being sponsored (applicant).

Person to be sponsored lives in Canada
Type of sponsorship application Assessment of sponsor and person being sponsored
Updated weekly
Medical, security, background checks and other verifications for person being sponsored
Status available online
Updated quarterly
Total
Spouse, common-law partner in Canada

16 months
(initial assessment)


Working on applications received on August 28, 2013

8 months

24 months

Note for sponsorship INSIDE of Canada:

If you are the sponsor or person being sponsored and it has been longer than the time shown above since you applied, please contact the Call Centre.

Call Centre agents cannot speed up the process of your application or make decisions on your case.

 
 
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