Processing Times: Family Sponsorship

This information is updated weekly (step 1) and quarterly (step 2) and shows the time it takes to process an application after we receive a complete application package.

There are two steps in processing family sponsorship applications. In order to know the total approximate time it may take for your application to be processed, ADD the time in step 1 to the time in step 2 (the two steps are consecutive).

Last update: October 29, 2014

Person to be sponsored lives outside of Canada
Type of application Step 1

Assessment of Sponsor
Step 2

Assessment of Person Being Sponsored (applicant)
Status available online
Spouse, common‑law partner or dependent child

44 days


Working on applications received on September 15, 2014)

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Parents and grandparents

41 months*

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

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Acknowledgements of Receipt have been issued for all sponsorship applications received and accepted by CPC-M before the Temporary Pause on Family Class Sponsorship Applications for Parents and Grandparents came into effect.
Adopted children, children to be adopted, orphans and other family classes Processed daily on a priority basis

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*Sponsors who submitted sponsorship applications to CPC-M between September 11 2007 and February 16, 2009, should have received a letter no later than the end of November 2011 requesting additional forms, documents, and information required for case processing. If you did not receive such a letter and have evidence that you submitted your sponsorship application during this period (September 2007 to February 16, 2009), please contact the Call Centre to inform them of your situation.

*Sponsors who submitted sponsorship applications to CPC-M between February 17, 2009 and November 17, 2009 should have received a letter at the end of March 2012 requesting additional forms, documents, and information required for case processing. If you did not receive such a letter and have evidence that you submitted your sponsorship application during this period (February 17, 2009 and November 17, 2009), please contact the Call Centre to inform them of your situation.

*Sponsors who submitted sponsorship applications to CPC-M between November 18, 2009 and May 28, 2010 should have received a letter at the end of August 2013 requesting additional forms, documents, and information required for case processing. If you did not receive such a letter and have evidence that you submitted your sponsorship application during this period (November 18, 2009 and May 28, 2010), please contact the Call Centre to inform them of your situation.

*Sponsors who submitted sponsorship applications to CPC-M between May 29, 2010 and April 30, 2011 should have received a letter by the end of August 2014 requesting additional forms, documents, and information required for case processing. If you did not receive such a letter and have evidence that you submitted your sponsorship application during this period (May 29, 2010 and April 30, 2011), please contact the Call Centre to inform them of your situation.

Person to be sponsored lives in Canada
Type of sponsorship application Step 1 – Assessment of sponsor and person being sponsored Step 2 – Medical, security, background checks and other verifications for person being sponsored
Status available online
Spouse, common-law partner in Canada

14 months
(initial assessment)


Working on applications received on August 17, 2013

8 months

Notes

  • For sponsorship OUTSIDE of Canada
    • For Step 1: If you live inside Canada and it has been longer than the time shown above since you applied, please contact the Call Centre.
    • For Step 2: If you have questions about Step 2, you must contact the appropriate visa office. Call Centre agents cannot answer questions about Step 2.
  • For sponsorship INSIDE of Canada
    • If you live inside Canada 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.
  • The processing times are calculated in calendar days.
 
 
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