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Sponsor Your Spouse to Canada

Canadian spousal sponsorship is how a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor their partner to come to Canada and live permanently. In Canada, we know how important it is for families to be together. For this reason, applications for spousal sponsorship are considered a top priority.

How Long Does it Take to Sponsor Your Spouse in Canada?


Sponsorship applications take approximately 12 months to process from start to finish. They are typically not processed much faster than 12 months but they can take longer, depending on the nature of your case. 

If you have a complicated case, or the visa office requires additional proof of your relationship, this will delay the processing of your case and it will take longer. 

The best way to ensure your sponsorship application is processed as quickly as possible is to make sure it is done right the first time. Superior Consulting (Pvt.) Ltd. have helped hundreds of spousal sponsorship applications.

What are the Requirements to Sponsor Your Spouse in Canada?

You may be eligible to sponsor your spouse or common-law partner if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and meet the following conditions:

  • Are at least 18 years old

  • Live in Canada, or planning to return to Canada once your spouse or partner becomes a permanent resident of Canada

  • Are able and willing to provide for the basic financial needs of your spouse or partner for three years

If you are married and looking into sponsoring your husband or wife, immigration officers will expect to see the following evidence:

  • Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation questionnaire

  • Marriage certificate (see common-law if you are not married)

  • Wedding invitations and photos

  • Birth certificates or adoption records for any children you and your spouse have together

  • Proof of registration of marriage with a government authority

And at least two of the following documents:

  • Proof that you and your spouse own property together

  • Shared bank accounts, 

  • Utility bills with both of your names, 

  • Copies of government-issued IDs, 

  • Car insurance, 

  • Pay stubs or tax forms that show that you live at the same address

How Much Money do You Need to Sponsor Your Spouse to Canada?

Unlike most other forms of Canadian sponsorship, you do not need to demonstrate a minimum amount of income to sponsor a spouse. However, whenever you sponsor a family member to Canada, you must sign an undertaking, in which you promise to provide financial support for the basic needs of your sponsored family member.

The length of the undertaking depends on the category of sponsorship. For spousal sponsorship (including spouses and common-law or conjugal partners), the length of the undertaking is 3 years from the day the sponsored individual becomes a Canadian Permanent Resident.

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