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Family Class Sponsorship to Canada

Sponsor your wife, husband, common-law partner, or other family member to live in Canada

Family Class and Spousal Sponsorship to Canada

 

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DOWNLOAD SPOUSAL SPONSORSHIP FULL SERVICE FORM HERE

 

Full Service vs. Review Service

Immigroup Service Preparing for the Sponsorship application 30-minute phone consultation
$100
Full Review Sponsorship Application
$550
Full-Service Sponsorship Application
$3500
Add on Service Cost
Beginning phone consultation YES NO YES $100
Review of application before filing NO YES YES $550
Email or phone support while you are completing your application NO NO YES $225 per hour
Fill out the application for you NO NO NO $225 per hour
Review and clean up your Sponsorship Letter NO NO YES $225
Summary Letter NO NO YES $500*
Use of Representative filed, so that we can deal with the government on your behalf.
  1. Filling your application with the government (& putting the package together)
  2. Deal with the government on your behalf (all correspondence)
  3. Application status checks (limit 4)
  4. Biometrics & Medical
  5. Interview preparation (if requested by the government 
NO NO YES $500
Filing your application with the government (& putting the package together) NO NO YES $150 + courier
Checking the status of your application NO NO YES $150 setup fee (4 checks)
Communicating directly with the government if any request comes in NO NO YES $225 per hour
If an interview is requested, prepping you to get you ready for that interview NO NO YES $225 (1 hour)
Inside Canada Work Permit  NO NO NO $500
Urgent filling of your application within 5 to 10 business days NO NO NO $6500*
Extending your visitor/work visa NO NO NO Please call
Mailing a paper version of sponsorship application NO NO NO $50 + courier

 

STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR THE SPOUSAL SPONSORSHIP FULL SERVICE

  1. Download our order form and assessment questionnaire.
  2. Fill out our order form and questionnaire and email back to us at [email protected]
    Alternatively, you can fax or mail it in (address and fax number on our order form).
  3. Someone from our office will contact you within 1-2 business days (For urgent filing applicants your appointment can be the same day).
  4. 30 to 60 minute phone consultation or in person meeting will be scheduled (usually with in 5 to 10 business days, from the day you first sent in your order form). The meeting will have the following agenda:
    • Do you meet all basic requirements to file this application?
    • Will the application be filed inside Canada or outside Canada?
    • How strong or weak is your case & improvements that will be implemented
    • Making sure you have all the correct applications
    • Talking about the supporting documents you will need to collect
    • A schedule will be setup between yourself and a consultant to answer questions as you are completing the application & collecting supporting documents
    • Answer questions and address concerns.
  5. Start filling out the application and communicating with your consultant
    This step usually takes 2-4 weeks (depending on your ability to get documents back to us).
  6. Once completed your application will have the following done to improve it:
    • Review and clean up application
    • Review supporting documents & make additional requests from you if needed
    • Review and clean up sponsorship letters
    • Create a summary letter
    • Assemble your sponsorship package and getting it ready
  7. Your consultant will mail out your sponsorship package.
  8. Your consultant will monitor the progress of your application:
    • You can request a status checkup (please wait 1 month before making your first request)
    • You consultant will handle all communications from the government (i.e. additional documents)
    • If an interview is requested from the government, you consultant will train your sponsee for 1 hour before their interview date.
    • When biometrics and medical is requested your consultant will step you through the process.
  9. Date of application approval – we will notify when and how to pick up your Canadian immigration documents. Your spouse is now a permanent resident of Canada.

 

Immigroup's Sponsorship Terms of Service

  • We are on your side so please let us know anything that you feel could cause problems so we can deal with it from the beginning. Otherwise, if we end up finding out later and need to deal with a problem down the line, and it requires a lot of our resources to deal with and fix, extra hourly charges will apply.
  • If we feel that your application is so weak that we advise you not to file until certain conditions are met, you will have two options, 1) take our advice, or 2), tell us to file the application anyway, but we reserve the right not to file a Use of Representative form. What this mean is Immigroup’s name will not be associated with this application in the eyes of the Canadian government. We will still give you support (i.e. helping you communicating with the government), but if requests from the government intensifies to such a point that you have exhausted the legal hours you already paid into, you will again have a choice to pay by the hour or manage it on your own.
  • Each licensed immigration specialist will have their own set of terms of service they will ask you to agree to and sign before starting.

 

Additional Sponsorship Services You Can Request

Immigroup Service Included in Full-Service Sponsorship Application Add on Service Cost
Beginning phone consultation YES  
Review of application before filing YES  
Email or phone support while you are completing your application YES  
Fill out the application for you NO $225 per hour
Review and clean up your Sponsorship Letter YES  
Summary Letter YES  
Use of Representative filed, so that we can deal with the government on your behalf.
  1. Filling your application with the government (& putting the package together)
  2. Deal with the government on your behalf (all correspondence)
  3. Application status checks (limit 4)
  4. Biometrics & Medical
  5. Interview preparation (if requested by the government
YES  
Filing your application with the government (& putting the package together) YES  
Checking the status of your application YES  
Communicating directly with the government if any request comes in YES  
If an interview is requested, prepping you to get you ready for that interview YES  
Inside Canada Work Permit NO $500
Urgent filling of your application within 5 to 10 business days NO $6500*
Extending your visitor/work visa NO Please call
Mailing a paper version of sponsorship application NO $50 + courier

 

We fill out the spousal sponsorship application for you - $225 per hour (approximately $1200 to $1800)

  • You and your consultant will schedule in a meeting either in person or phone/Skype/Zoom and do the application together (they ask you questions, you give the answer, and they type it for you).
  • Please be ready to make yourself available so the consultant can ask you questions.
  • On average this service takes 8 to 12 hours to complete and takes 2 to 3 weeks.

  Canadian Work Permit application submitted at the time of the spousal sponsorship application or after: $500

Your spouse must already be in Canada for this service.

 

Urgent filling of your application within 5 to 10 business days: $6500

  • This service has almost everything included in the above list.
  • You must make yourself available for at least 15 hours and we need access to your sponsored spouse (total 5 hours).
  • Requesting extra documents like, birth, marriage certificates, translation, notarization or apostille services, couriers are all extra.

Note: We can’t guarantee filing your application within 10 business days, some things in life are simply out of our control. However we work to make the filing as quick as possible.

If you need help in extending student or visitor visas, please speak to your representative for pricing.

 

Call us 1-866-760-2623 / Toronto:(+1) or [email protected]

 

Spousal Sponsorship Full Service FAQS

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How do I pay for Immigroup's Spousal Sponsorship service? How does payment work?

You can choose to make a lump sum payment, but most people choose to pay in installments. Here is the installment plan:

  • First payment is taken at the time we receive your order from: $225
  • Second payment is taken after your phone interview is completed with the consultant: $1000
  • Third payment is taken 4 weeks after you have started your application OR before we start reviewing your application, whichever comes first: $1000
  • Fourth and final payment is taken at the time your spouse receives a decision on the application: $775

*taxes, government fees, couriers are not included and need to be paid on top of the service fees.

 

REQUIRED FORMS FOR SPONSORING YOUR SPOUSE TO CANADA (PLEASE DOWNLOAD):

 

POTENTIALLY REQUIRED FORMS FOR SPONSORING YOUR SPOUSE OR PARTNER TO CANADA:

 

IF YOUR SPOUSE IS OUTSIDE OF CANADA: YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING FORMS

If you are filing your Sponsorship application outside of Canada, you may need forms unique to your country or region. Here you have two options:

 

Spouse Otusde of Canada Option 1: Follow the instructions below to download your country/region-specific applications

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Notes:

  • “My spouse” (and dependent children, if this applies): choose this is if you are marriage or are going to get married before the Sponsorship application is filed.
  • “My common-law partner” (and dependent children, if this applies). You have lived together for at least one year in the same home.
  • “What country does the person being sponsored reside in?”: Where does your partner live right now?
  • “Do you need to submit documents issued by another country?”: Let’s say your partner lives and works in Mexico, then you would be picking Mexico because you will be filing the application outside of Canada and it will be reviewed by Canadian government staff in Mexico.
  • “Add another country”: For example, your partner is living and working in Mexico but holds a Nicaraguan passport.

 

Spouse Outside of Canada Option 2: Ask Immigroup to provide the correct forms for you.

To do this:

  • On the Immigroup Intake Form, on page 3, under ‘What are the main questions you need your representative to answer?’ please write “I need the correct Sponsorship applications for the country of _______________.”
  • Once you’ve written this and completed the rest of the Immigroup forms, send it to us by email, fax, or mail. If we do not send you the correct forms within 2 business days, please email us at [email protected].

 

QUESTION: CAN MY SPONSORSHIP APPLICATION BE REFUSED?

Answer: Yes. We don’t want to scare you, but incomplete applications or applications missing enough documentary proof of your relationship will be refused or returned to you.

If your application is refused, you have to appeal.

Take a look at what a sponsorship appeal looks like (see photo below). It’s simply a nightmare to deal with and if you need to file an appeal you will need to hire an expert. This will be very costly. Also, applications like this can only be appealed if your application was filed outside of Canada.

With that said, don’t worry about it. Just take your time with the application, do your homework, and get the level of support that you think is appropriate for your case.

With the right support, your case will be much stronger.

 

QUESTION: WHAT IS THE AVERAGE PROCESSING TIME OF A SPONSORSHIP APPLICATION?

Answer: The short answer is approximately one year, but you can check the timelines by following the video instruction below:

Tip: The timeline you find on the government’s website when they start processing your application does NOT show when they received your application. This causes a lot of confusion and it is hard to tell when they will start processing it. (Times vary depending on how busy they are and where your spouse or partner is located.) We’ve seen applications approved in a matter for a few months (outside of Canada) and over a year.

Remember the only thing that slows down a Sponsorship application is how well it is completed. A poorly completed application can take a lot longer to process. 

Click here to check the timeline of your application

 

QUESTION: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST ADVANTAGE OF USING IMMIGROUP’S SERVICES?

Answer: Anyone can fill out and file an application. But to fill it out and file it correctly, thus quickening processing times and reducing the risk of your application being denied, is something that takes time and practice.

Our Immigroup representatives are experienced specialists who can provide you with insightful support, while ensuring that your application is completed fully and accurately - a service that is well worth the cost.

 

QUESTION: I AM THINKING OF USING A LAWYER, CAN IMMIGROUP HELP?

Answer: We can definitely get you a lawyer to review your Sponsorship application. The price starts at CDN$1500 + Taxes. Please contact us for this service. All other services generally come at 50% increase in price from those charged by consultants. 

 

QUESTION: WHY DOES IMMIGROUP USE IMMIGRATION CONSULTANTS OR PARALEGALS AND NOT LAWYERS?

Answer: It simply comes down to cost.

What most people don’t realize, because they are not in the immigration industry, is that, even if you are using a lawyer, in most cases, the law clerk or the licensed immigration practitioner that works for the lawyer is the person actually doing the application. The lawyer will review and file. The only exception to this rule is a lawyer that works alone, and most of the time this is because they are just starting in the industry.

If you’d like, we can forward your file to a lawyer, please speak to your Immigroup representative, we know some great people in the industry we trust.

 

Additional Resources for Sponsoring Your Spouse or Partner to Canada:

Take your time and read some of the research articles about your Sponsorship topic:

 

Must Read Before Submitting Your Sponsorship Application

Common mistakes that could cause your spousal sponsorship application to be returned

Family sponsorship application document checklist

Spousal Sponsorship Letter – How to ace it

 

The Basics of a Canadian Sponsorship Application

When to do overseas vs. inland spousal sponsorship application

Common law partner vs. conjugal partner

Income requirement for Canadian spousal (and other family) sponsorship applications

Sponsoring a spouse with dependent child FAQs

How to prove a common law relationship

Sponsoring a spouse to Canada

 

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Sponsoring a Particular Nationality to Canada

Bringing your American Partner to Canada

Bringing your Mexican spouse or partner to Canada

Bringing your Jamaican spouse to Canada

Bringing your Brazilian fiancé to Canada

Bringing your Vietnamese spouse or partner to Canada

Bringing your Filipino spouse to Canada

 

The requirements for sponsoring your common law partner to Canada are slightly different than sponsoring your spouse. In general, it is harder to sponsor your common law partner than to sponsor your spouse you are legally married to. This is because you have to do more to prove your relationship is genuine.

Immigroup helps Canadians sponsor their partners. Sponsorship is our speciality.

Note: You must have cohabitated with your partner for at least one year in order to qualify to sponsor your partner for PR. Brief separations, such as work travel, are acceptable. Immigroup will help you prove it.

 

STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR Our common-law SPONSORSHIP FULL SERVICE

  1. Download our order form and assessment questionnaire.
  2. Fill out our order form and questionnaire and email back to us at [email protected]
    Alternatively, you can fax or mail it in (address and fax number on our order form).
  3. Someone from our office will contact you within 1-2 business days (For urgent filing applicants your appointment can be the same day).
  4. 30 to 60 minute phone consultation or in person meeting will be scheduled (usually with in 5 to 10 business days, from the day you first sent in your order form). The meeting will have the following agenda:
    • Do you meet all basic requirements to file this application?
    • Will the application be filed inside Canada or outside Canada?
    • How strong or weak is your case & improvements that will be implemented
    • Making sure you have all the correct applications
    • Talking about the supporting documents you will need to collect
    • A schedule will be setup between yourself and a consultant to answer questions as you are completing the application & collecting supporting documents
    • Answer questions and address concerns.
  5. Start filling out the application and communicating with your consultant
    This step usually takes 2-4 weeks (depending on your ability to get documents back to us).
  6. Once completed your application will have the following done to improve it:
    • Review and clean up application
    • Review supporting documents & make additional requests from you if needed
    • Review and clean up sponsorship letters
    • Create a summary letter
    • Assemble your common-law sponsorship package and getting it ready
  7. Your consultant will mail out your sponsorship package.
  8. Your consultant will monitor the progress of your application:
    • You can request a status checkup (please wait 1 month before making your first request)
    • You consultant will handle all communications from the government (i.e. additional documents)
    • If an interview is requested from the government, you consultant will train your sponsee for 1 hour before their interview date.
    • When biometrics and medical is requested your consultant will step you through the process.
  9. Date of application approval – we will notify when and how to pick up your Canadian immigration documents. Your partner is now a permanent resident of Canada.

 

Immigroup’s Common Law Sponsorship Terms of Service

  • We reserve the right to refuse your application because we feel your common-law status cannot be proven.
  • If we feel that your application is so weak that we advise you not to file until certain conditions are met, you will have two options, 1) take our advice, or 2), tell us to file the application anyway, but we reserve the right not to file a Use of Representative form. What this mean is Immigroup’s name will not be associated with this application in the eyes of the Canadian government. We will still give you support (i.e. helping you communicating with the government), but if requests from the government intensifies to such a point that you have exhausted the legal hours you already paid into, you will again have a choice to pay by the hour or manage it on your own.
  • Each licensed immigration specialist will have their own set of terms of service they will ask you to agree to and sign before starting.

 

What’s included in a common-law sponsorship application?

The cost is higher than Immigroup’s full service spousal sponsorship application because you have to prove your relationship status. In addition to all the services included in the full service application, a common-law sponsorship application also includes the following:

  • Assistance with your common-law declaration (IMM 5409) including help with finding a notary, if necessary
  • Review of your proofs of common-law status – in order to you prove your common-law status you need to provide proof of cohabitation, including copies of the following:
    • proof of a shared address (ownership or lease, insurance documents, IDs with the same address)
    • shared utility bills (electricity, heat, water, internet, cable, even phone)

Our consultants need to review these documents to make sure they are acceptable to IRCC, which is why the cost is higher.

 

The requirements for sponsoring your conjugal partner to Canada are slightly different than sponsoring your spouse or your common-law partner. In general, it is harder to sponsor your cojugal partner than to sponsor your spouse you are legally married to or a common-law partner you are currently living with. This is because you have to do more to prove your relationship is genuine.

Immigroup helps Canadians sponsor their partners. Sponsorship is our speciality.

Note: “Conjugal sponsorship” is nearly always intended for sponsorship of same-sex partners. If you are not in a same-sex relationship but are not yet married or in a common-law relationship, you will need to either marry or live together with your partner for a year

 

STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR Our Conjugal SPONSORSHIP FULL SERVICE

  1. Download our order form and assessment questionnaire.
  2. Fill out our order form and questionnaire and email back to us at [email protected]
    Alternatively, you can fax or mail it in (address and fax number on our order form).
  3. Someone from our office will contact you within 1-2 business days (For urgent filing applicants your appointment can be the same day).
  4. 30 to 60 minute phone consultation or in person meeting will be scheduled (usually with in 5 to 10 business days, from the day you first sent in your order form). The meeting will have the following agenda:
    • Do you meet all basic requirements to file this application?
    • Will the application be filed inside Canada or outside Canada?
    • How strong or weak is your case & improvements that will be implemented
    • Making sure you have all the correct applications
    • Talking about the supporting documents you will need to collect
    • A schedule will be setup between yourself and a consultant to answer questions as you are completing the application & collecting supporting documents
    • Answer questions and address concerns.
  5. Start filling out the application and communicating with your consultant
    This step usually takes 2-4 weeks (depending on your ability to get documents back to us).
  6. Once completed your application will have the following done to improve it:
    • Review and clean up application
    • Review supporting documents & make additional requests from you if needed
    • Review and clean up sponsorship letters
    • Create a summary letter
    • Assemble your conjugal sponsorship package and getting it ready
  7. Your consultant will mail out your conjugal sponsorship package.
  8. Your consultant will monitor the progress of your application:
    • You can request a status checkup (please wait 1 month before making your first request)
    • You consultant will handle all communications from the government (i.e. additional documents)
    • If an interview is requested from the government, you consultant will train your sponsee for 1 hour before their interview date.
    • When biometrics and medical is requested your consultant will step you through the process.
  9. Date of application approval – we will notify when and how to pick up your Canadian immigration documents. Your conjugal partner is now a permanent resident of Canada.

 

Immigroup’s Conjugal Sponsorship Terms of Service

  • We reserve the right to refuse your application because we feel your conjugal relationship cannot be proven to IRCC’s satisfaction.
  • If we feel that your application is so weak that we advise you not to file until certain conditions are met, you will have two options, 1) take our advice, or 2), tell us to file the application anyway, but we reserve the right not to file a Use of Representative form. What this mean is Immigroup’s name will not be associated with this application in the eyes of the Canadian government. We will still give you support (i.e. helping you communicating with the government), but if requests from the government intensifies to such a point that you have exhausted the legal hours you already paid into, you will again have a choice to pay by the hour or manage it on your own.
  • Each licensed immigration specialist will have their own set of terms of service they will ask you to agree to and sign before starting.

 

What’s included in a conjugal sponsorship application?

The cost is higher than Immigroup’s full service spousal sponsorship application because you have to prove your conjugal relationship. In addition to all the services included in the full service application, a conjugal sponsorship application also includes the following:

  • Assistance with proving that you cannot marry your partner nor can you live with them – this includes proof of laws that prohibit same-sex marriage in your partner’s country and proof your partner could not come to Canada to marry.
  • Review of your proofs of your conjugal relationship – in order to prove you have a conjugal relationship you need to provide evidence including:
    • Proof of communication (emails, texts, phone records, letters if applicable)
    • Proof of visits, ideally (photos of the two of the two of you together, airplane tickets, shared expenses while visiting)
    • A more detailed sponsorship letter – for conjugal sponsorship applications it is even more important to submit a letter documenting your relationship as there is less proof of the relationship existing than with marriages (which have marriage certificates) or with common-law partnerships (which have shared bills etc.)

Our consultants need to review these documents to make sure they are acceptable to IRCC, which is why the cost of this application is higher. If you want to make your life simpler, you should find a way you and your partner can legally marry in Canada or another country which allows same-sex marriage.

 

As us about Immigroup's sponsorship success rate

 

Find your spouse's country to learn more about how to marry abroad

 

Index to the Rest of the Guide

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Marrying an America
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Marrying a Dominican
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Marrying a Pakistani

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The process to bring your loved one to Canada has two parts. The first part is for the Canadian citizen or permanent resident to apply to become a sponsor. Currently, spouses or partners can be sponsored from inside Canada while they are on a visitor visa, called Inland Sponsorship, or while they are outside Canada, called Overseas Sponsorship.

 

Common-Law Sponsorship to Canada

A common-law partner is a person who has lived together with the sponsor in a conjugal relationship for at least one year. In a common-law marriage, there is no document to prove that a couple is living together. A common-law marriage exists from the day a couple decides to physically live together. To qualify under the Family Class, Canadian immigration law requires a couple to prove that they have lived together continuously for at least one year. Documents that may prove the existence of a common-law relationship include:

  • Joint bank accounts
  • Joint credit cards
  • Proof of property purchased in both names
  • Invoices in both names
  • Lease agreement showing both names
  • Correspondence/bills sent to either party at the same address
  • Insurance policies showing the other partner as beneficiary

 

Same Sex Sponsorship to Canada (Conjugal Sponsorship)

Same sex marriage (marriage between two men or two women) has been legal in Canada since 2005. Shortly after this time, Canada began recognizing sponsorship applications between people of the same sex in a genuine romantic relationship.

Same sex couples who want to undertake a sponsorship application must follow the same regulations and meet the exact same requirements as heterosexual couples, including the financial obligations and criminal background checks.

 

Spousal Sponsorship Application Processing Times

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Overseas Spousal Sponsorship

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If the person you are sponsoring is currently outside Canada, the time it takes for IRCC to verify that you are eligible to become a sponsor is 39 days. Processing time for the sponsored person’s application depends on the location of the person being sponsored and ranges from 8 – 41 months. Most offices process the applications in under 16 months. For a complete list of visa offices and processing times, please refer to the charts below.

Sponsorship Application

Application times below are based on processing time for complete application, are averages, are subject to change without notice, and are not guaranteed. Applications may take longer than the timeframes stated by IRCC at the officer’s discretion.

Map of the World by Outland Sponsorship Processing Times
Click the image or here for a bigger picture. The darker the green, the longer the wait time.

Outland Sponsorship Application Wait Times in Months Legend - Processing Time as of May, 2016
Outland Sponsorship wait times in Months Light Blue: 8 months - Algeria, Andorra, Brazil, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Tunisia
9 months - Albania, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Spain
Blue10 months - Belgium, France, Iran, North Korea, Ukraine
11 months - Australia, Israel, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Poland, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Tahiti, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Light Green12 months - Greece, Holy See (Vatican City), Italy, Japan, San Marino, Syria, Turkey
13 months - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ivory Coast, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates
14 months - Cameroon, China, Cuba, Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Kuwait, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, South Korea, Swaziland, United Kingdom
Green15 months - Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Lebanon, South Africa, United States of America 16 months - Costa Rica, Macedonia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Moldova, Netherlands, St. Lucia
Pink: 17 months - most countries in the world
18 months - Senegal, Sweden
Red: 20 months - Ethiopia, India, Jamaica, Kenya
Light Pink: 21 months - Haiti
Orange23 months - Iraq, Jordan
24 months - Vietnam
25 months - Congo (DRC)
Purplish Gray26 months - Bangladesh, Cambodia, Uganda
27 months - US Virgin Islands
Purple28 months - Pakistan
29 months - Thailand
Light Salmon: 36 months - Afghanistan
Gray: 41 months - St. Vincent and the Grenadines

If you don't see your country of residence listed on the right side of this table, then the average processing time is 17 months.
 

Inland Spousal Sponsorship

As of December 2016: If the person you are sponsoring is currently inside Canada, the time it takes for IRCC to verify that you are eligible to become a sponsor is 4 months. Processing time for the sponsored person’s application including background checks and medical checks is 8 months. If your application was submitted before December 7, 2016, the processing time is 26 months.

These processing times are based on complete applications, are averages only, are subject to change without notice, and are not guaranteed. Applications may take longer than the timeframes stated by IRCC at the officer’s discretion. Statistics are updated on our website every 30 days.

 

Spousal Sponsorship Costs

Legal Fees

Our fees are on a case-by-case basis, but Immigroup service fees for spousal or common-law sponsorship are around $4,500-$6,000. 

Immigroup's service fees for child sponsorship are $3,000-$4,500

If you do not know where you stand, whether you are eligible to enter Canada, or how to proceed contact us for assistance at 1-866-760-2623.

Ask about our success rate

 

Sponsorship Review

Immigroup will review your completed spousal sponsorship application for $550+HST. Immigroup will make sure you have not made any mistakes on your application or in gathering the documentation of your relationship. We will assess your sponsorship letter and give you peace of mind that you are submitting an application with a very good chance of success. Don't lose sleep at night worrying about whether you've done enough. Call us at 1-866-760-2623 for a review.

 

Government Fees

In addition to the legal fees paid to a consultant or lawyer to assist you with this process, the applicant must also pay a fee to the Canadian government for filing their application. Please see the fees below:

Processing Fees Number of Persons Amount Per Person Amount Due
Sponsor 1 $75 $75
Principal Applicant 1 $475 475
Principal applicant under 22 years of age and a dependent child of the sponsor, a child to be adopted or an orphaned family member that is neither married nor in a common-law relationship.   x $75  
Family member 22 years or older, or who is married, engaged or in a common-law relationship, regardless of age   x $550  
Family member who is under 22 years and who is not married, engaged or in a common-law relationship   x $150  
Right of Permanent Residence Fee Number of Persons Amount Per Person Amount Due
Principal applicant (Spouse/common-law partner) 1 $490

Government application fees are subject to change at any time without notice and are not refundable from IRCC regardless of whether the application is approved.

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Sponsorship to Canada Requirements - The Sponsor

To become a sponsor, you have to meet the following requirements:

  • be at least 18 years old; be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,
  • live in Canada or be able to prove that you will live in Canada when the sponsorship application is approved,
  • prove that you can meet the basic financial needs of the person you are sponsoring and their dependent children.

You cannot sponsor someone if any of these situations apply to you:

  • you have sponsored a previous spouse or partner within the last 3 yeas
  • you receive social assistance other than disability;
  • you are in bankruptcy protection;
  • you have defaulted on any immigration-related financial obligations;
  • you have been convicted of certain sexual and / or violent crimes;
  • you were sponsored as a spouse or partner fewer than 5 years ago;
  • you are in jail or prison; you are under a removal order to leave Canada.

When you have sponsored someone to live in Canada, you are financially responsible for their well-being for between 3 – 10 years depending on their relationship to you and their circumstances. This means that if the person you have sponsored or their dependent receives social welfare benefits during this time, you are obligated to pay this money back to the province of their residence.

Responsibilities of the Sponsor

When you sponsor a spouse/partner (or other family member) you commit to looking after them while they settle in Canada. As part of the application, you will be completing and signing multiple forms that pledge you to take care of spouse. These are the two forms and what they commit you to:

 

Sponsorship Undertaking

This is a legal pledge signed by you the sponsor to the  Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) where you swear to provide for your sponsored spouse and any dependent children they are bringing with. You pledge to supply them with the following:

  • Food,
  • Clothing,
  • Utilities,
  • Personal Requirements,
  • Shelter,
  • Fuel,
  • Household supplies,
  • Health care not provided by public health care services such as eye and dental care. NOTE: In Ontario there is a 3 month waiting period from the date of arrival of the sponsored spouse before they are eligible for OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) so you must also look after any health care needs they have in the initial 3 month period after landing.

 

Sponsorship Agreement

This is a legal agreement between you the sponsor and your spouse, and covering any dependent children. It involves the following legal commitments:

  • You agree to provide the basic necessities for your sponsored spouse (and any dependent children) covered in the Undertaking (see above). You agree to this so the government has assurance that your spouse will not go on social assistance.
  • Your spouse agrees to seek financial assistance from you if they are unable to provide for their own basic needs, before going to the Government to apply for social assistance.
  • You both agree that the period of the Undertaking for spousal sponsorship is 3 years from the date the sponsored spouse receives their permanent residence (inland), or from the day your sponsored spouse lands in Canada as a permanent resident (outland). If you are committing to care for a dependent child as well, then you the sponsor are responsible for the child for a period of 10 years or until they are 25 years old, whichever is longer.

Read about what happens if you fail to meet your responsibilities.

 

Requirements to be Sponsored to Canada

To be sponsored by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to live in Canada, you will have to follow certain procedures, including:

  • undergo a medical examination;
  • if you are being sponsored as a spouse or partner, you must be at least 16 years old;
  • obtain fingerprints to pass criminal and security background checks;
  • obtain a passport and in certain countries an exit visa;
  • attend an interview at a Canadian visa office if required.

 

Sponsorship of Children to Canada

Children can be included as dependants in a spousal or partner sponsorship application, but an application must be filed for each child in addition to the main applicant (the spouse or partner). Of, if you are already a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, you may sponsor a child living outside of Canada. In order for a child to be sponsored to live in Canada, they have to meet the following requirements:

  • under 22 years old and not married or in a common-law relationship, OR
  • over 22 years old but has been in school since before the age of 22 and is financially dependent on the parent, OR
  • over 22 and is unable to care for themselves due to a medical condition.

If you aren’t sure whether you can sponsor your child to live in Canada, call us for a consultation.

 

Sponsorship of other family members to Canada

Sponsorship of parents and grandparents is still on hiatus until January 2, 2014. However, they may be eligible to apply for a Visitor Visa or Super Visa to stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time.

Documents that prove relationship of the sponsor to a parent:

  • Sponsor's birth certificate

Documents that prove relationship of the sponsor to a grandparent:

  • Sponsor's birth certificate
  • Sponsor's parent's birth certificate through whom the sponsor is related to the sponsored grandparent

 

Humanitarian and Compassionate Considerations

If a relative falls outside of these categories, you may still be able to sponsor them to live in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds. Contact us for more information at 1-866-760-2623.
 

Possible Reasons for Sponsorship Refusal

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IRCC can refuse a sponsorship application for many reasons. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • The relationship is not genuine.  For example, if IRCC believes that the relationship exists only for the sponsored person to immigrate to Canada, the application will be refused.
  • The sponsor does not meet the financial requirements.
  • The necessary supporting documents have not been included in the applications.
  • The person you wish to sponsor does not qualify through the family class.
  • The person being sponsored did not meet the medical requirements.
  • The person being sponsored is inadmissible to Canada due to criminal convictions. In this case, the person may be able to obtain a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) and still be sponsored to live in Canada. Please refer to our TRP page and contact us for more information at 1-866-760-2623.

Appeal the Rejection

 

Federal and Provincial Programs for Family Class Sponsorship

The grid below combines the federal and provincial programs for sponsoring your family member. By clicking on a box in the grid, you are directed to a page with qualification information and a simplified sponsorship application process.

Family Class  Sponsorship
Federal Married to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
New Brunswick Relative in New Brunswick willing to provide support to the applicant after arrival
Nova Scotia Relative in Nova Scotia willing to provide support to the applicant after arrival
Saskatchewan Relative in Saskatchewan willing to provide support to applicant after arrival

Immigroup has simplified the confusing sponsorship application processes and qualification guidelines of the Government of Canada for Family Class Sponsorship. One of the objectives of Canadian immigration law is "to see that families are reunited in Canada". This class of immigration is called the "Family Class".

Complete Questionnaire

Take a look at our page below for additional information on sponsoring a family member to Canada.

 

How can we help you bring your loved one to Canada?

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To discuss your options for a sponsorship application, contact us for a consultation or just call us at 1-866-760-2623. We can determine your eligibility to sponsor as well as discuss how you can prove you meet the requirements. We will also go over the entire application process so that you understand what you and your loved one will have to do.

Find your spouse's country

Immigroup will assist you throughout the entire application process from start to finish, including:

  • Determining your eligibility to apply;
  • Determining the likelihood of success for your application;
  • Ensuring your forms are complete and accurately reflect the details of your case for maximum chance of success;
  • Ensuring you have the necessary and appropriate documents to support your application;
  • Providing guidance on the privileges and responsibilities of sponsorship and permanent residence;
  • Advising how someone who is inadmissible to Canada may still be sponsored;
  • Offering Top Priority service for extremely urgent cases;
  • Determining the best way to proceed once the outcome of your case is reached (renewing permanent resident card, becoming a Canadian citizen, sponsoring additional family members, etc.)

Contact us for a consultation to assist you with your application. Our number is 1-866-760-2623.

How to Organize a Sponsorship Application

Sponsorship applications gigantic so it is important that you organize your application in a way that IRCC will understand. For this example of how to organize a sponsorship application, we're going to take the most common example: sponsoring a foreign spouse. 

Spousal Sponsorship Application

You will want to include as much information as possible in as organized a way as possible. Some people breakup their application into separate folders within the same envelope or box. It's up to you how seriously you take that part, but you will need to show the officer how to proceed through the stack of paper you've provided.

 

  • Cover letter
  • Table of Contents
  • Sponsor's Application Forms and supporting documentation
  • Sponsored Spouse's Application Forms and supporting documentation
  • Proofs of Your Relationship

 

Cover Letter

In the cover letter, explain that you are applying for either inland or outland sponsorship, and give the vital details (names, dates of birth, citizenships, locations, etc.) of both the sponsor and the spouse or partner to be sponsored. You should also indicate what your relationship status is (married, engaged, common-law, conjugal).

 

Table of Contents

You can include your table of contents in your cover letter or attach it as a separate piece of paper, as long as it's prominent. You have two choices here:

  1. Make a general table of contents that outlines all three sets of documents you will be providing and then create individual tables of contents for the other parts OR
  2. Itemize every single form and document you've included in your package in this table of contents.

Which you choose is up to you - there is no right way - but the table of contents should match how you've organized your package. If it doesn't, then there was no point in creating a table of contents in the first place. Make sure to include page numbers!

Make sure to include the document checklist (either the IMM 5491 for outland applications or the IMM 5443 if it's an inland application).

Let's assume this is an "outland" application, i.e. the spouse or partner is still overseas.

 

Sponsor's Application Forms and Documents

If you choose to have individual tables of contents for each section, you should make the sponsor's table of contents the very first page.

  1. Table of Contents (see above)
  2. IMM 1344 Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking, fully completed
  3. IMM 5481 Sponsorship Evaluation, fully completed
  4. IMM 5540 Sponsor Questionnaire, fully completed

 

Sponsored Spouse's Application Forms and Documents

If you choose to have individual tables of contents for each section, you should make the sponsored spouse's table of contents the very first page.

  1. Table of Contents (see above)
  2. IMM 0008 Generic Application Form for Canada, fully completed with the validation page at the front
  3. IMM 000DEP Additional Dependants/Declaration, fully completed
  4. IMM 5669 Schedule A - Background Declaration X number of adults being sponsored (for example, if there are no adult children being sponsored, you would complete one form), fully completed
  5. IMM 5406 Additional Family Information Form X number of adults being sponsored, fully completed
  6. IMM 5490 Sponsored Spouse/Partner Questionnaire, fully completed
  7. Additional forms required for citizens/residents of the country that the sponsored spouse is from
  8. Any documentation specifically related to questions in the above forms
  9. Document checklist for your country.

 

Proofs of Your Relationship

If you have chosen to have individual tables of contents, you should make that the first page, or attach it to the pack of photos.

  1. Table of Contents (see above)
  2. Photos (in a package, for example), sorted by date and event
  3. Communication records, sorted by type of communication, then by date - include a cover sheet if you think it would help, explaining what each record is and why you have provided it (and why you haven't provided something, if that's the case)
  4. Anything else you think will prove your relationship (and you should both organize this appropriately and explain why you have included the information, either here or in your cover letter).

Always err on the side of more rather than less evidence. If you are not sure whether or not to add something to your package, include it.

 

Additional Tips

  • Do not staple anything. Paper-clip or otherwise clip forms and sections together and then clip those together with larger clips or put them in separate (named) folders or envelopes. You do not want to do anything to frustrate the officer.
  • Don't bind your package either.
  • If you want, include tabs so that the officer can easily flip through your package.
  • If you are not sending the original of something, explain why.
  • Photocopy everything you submit - you need a record of what you've submitted to the government.

Good luck!

 

Common Mistakes on a Sponsorship Application

We have an article about the most common mistakes people make when sponsoring their spouses. Read it.

Common Interview Questions

During a spousal sponsorship application, the sponsored spouse is often asked to attend an interview a the local visa office. (The sponsoring spouse is usually not required to attend an interview, though this may be different for inland applications.) Here is a list of potential interview questions the principal applicant (sponsored spouse) might be asked at an interview for a sponsorship application. Some of the questions would only be asked for outland applicants, others for inland applicants only, others are applicable to both situations:

Communications between the two of you

  • When and where did you meet your spouse for the first time?
  • Who initiated contact?
  • How often did you contact each other before your first meeting in person? How did you communicate? Where is your proof?
  • How often did you talk on the phone?
  • Do you have phone bills, e-mails, cards, etc., and can I see them?

Visiting Canada (if applicable)

  • Where (which airport) did you first Land in Canada? What date?
  • How many times have you been to Canada? How long did you stay each time?
  • Have you ever stayed in Canada without status (i.e. after your visa has expired)?
  • Why did you overstay?
  • What did you do to rectify the situation?
  • When did you leave Canada the last time? / When did you leave Canada when you didn't have status? How long did you leave?
  • Have you been admitted back into Canada with legal status since?
  • Have you been issued any kind of document that authorizes you to live in Canada since you were without status? If yes what type and when is the expiry date?
  • Has your spouse been to visit you in your home country? When?
  • How many times has your spouse been to visit you?
  • Where did your spouse land when they visited you? (Which Airport?)
  • Did your spouse ever go to your home country prior to your relationship?
  • Did you go to Canada prior to your relationship with your spouse?

Relationship Questions

  • What is your husband's/wife's/partner's name?
  • What do you call him/her?
  • How old is your spouse/partner? What is your spouse's birth date?
  • What colour are his/her eyes and hair?
  • Does your spouse colour his/her hair?
  • Does your spouse wear glasses or contact lenses? 
  • Does your spouse have any distinguishing features (birth marks, scars, disfigurements of the body)?
  • Where was your spouse born? Which country and city?
  • Does your spouse have any allergies?
  • What is your religion?
  • What is the religion of your spouse?
  • When you and your spouse were dating what would you do together?
  • Do you have any hobbies? Describe them.
  • Does your spouse have any hobbies? Describe them.
  • What type of music do you enjoy?
  • What type of music does your spouse enjoy?
  • What kind of movies do you enjoy?
  • What kind of movies does your spouse enjoy?
  • What kind of books do you read?
  • What kind of books does your spouse read?
  • Have you and your spouse ever exchanged gifts? Describe them.
  • Please explain the type of relationship you have had since your first meeting.
  • What makes your relationship with your spouse different from that of a female/male friend?
  • Does your spouse support you financially?
  • If I refuse this application what will you do?

Education

  • Where did your spouse go to school? (Elementary and high school)
  • How many years of school did your spouse Complete?
  • What degrees or formal training does your spouse have?
  • In terms of education, would you say that you and your spouse's educational background are compatible?

Employment

  • Where did you work in your home country before coming to Canada?
  • What is the name of the company? What position did you hold? How long did you work there?
  • What did the job entail?
  • Did you like your job?
  • What was the salary?
  • What do you intend to do when you come to Canada?
  • What degrees or formal training do you have?
  • What degrees or formal training does your spouse have?
  • Where does your spouse work? What's the name of the company? How does he/she travel to work?
  • How long has your spouse worked there?
  • What does the job entail?
  • does your spouse like his or her job?
  • What is the salary?

Living Situation

  • Where does your spouse live?
  • Whom does your spouse live with?
  • Does anyone else live in your household other than your spouse and children?
  • At what addresses have you lived at with your spouse?
  • Did you own any Property with your spouse?
  • What type of accommodation do you live in? House, condo or apartment?
  • Is it rental or do you own it? If rented, how long is your lease? Are you both on the lease?
  • How much is the rent?
  • Who makes sure the bills are paid? How much do you pay for Cable/phone/hydro etc.?

Marriage (if applicable)

  • When and where did the marriage proposal take place?
  • Was your marriage arranged?
  • When did you get married?
  • Where did you get married?
  • Who was at the wedding?
  • How many people were at the ceremony?
  • What day was the ceremony held on?
  • Who performed the ceremony?
  • Do you have pictures of the ceremony?
  • Who was at the ceremony from your side?
  • Who was at the ceremony from your spouse's side?
  • Were any friends present?
  • Were your parents at the wedding? If not, why not?
  • Where your spouse's parents at the wedding? If not, why not?
  • Were your spouse's parents aware of the wedding? If not, why not?
  • Was a reception held? When and where was it held?
  • Who was present at the reception?
  • Did you receive any wedding gifts? Describe them.
  • Did you on a honeymoon? Where did you go and for how long?
  • Can you show me pictures and receipts from the honeymoon, wedding and reception?
  • Have you or your spouse been married before?
  • Why was that relationship ended?
  • Who initiated the divorce?
  • What were the reasons for the divorce?
  • What was the date the marriage was dissolved?
  • Why did you marry your spouse?
  • Since your marriage have you seen your spouse? If not, why not?
  • Tell me why this marriage or relationship is genuine.
  • Why were you so rushed to be married? How do you explain that?

Family members

  • Do you have any children form a previous relationship? If so what is their relationship like with your spouse?
  • What are their names and date of birth?
  • Who has Custody of these children?
  • Do you have visitation rights/spend time with them at your home or there's?
  • How often do you see your children?
  • Does your current spouse have any children from a previous relationship? If yes
    • What are their names and date of birth?
    • Who has Custody of these children?
    • Does your spouse have visitation rights/spend time with them?
    • How often does your spouse see their children?
  • Do you have any children from your current marriage?
  • How many children?
  • What are the names and birth dates?
  • Where are the children now?
  • Who looks after the children?
  • How many brothers and sisters does your spouse have?
  • What relatives does your spouse have in Canada?
  • What relatives do you have in Canada?
  • What are their names and where do they live?
  • What relatives does your spouse have outside of Canada?
  • What relatives do you have outside of Canada?
  • Has your spouse met any of your relatives or friends? Who have they met and when did they meet them?
  • Have you met any of your spouse's relatives or friends? Whom have you met and when did you meet them?

Miscellaneous

  • Did you get married to get to Canada?
  • Did your spouse pay you to go to Canada?
  • Did anyone pay you to go to Canada?
  • Did you pay your spouse to sponsor you?
  • If yes, How much?

 

Get Your Spouse Here Sooner/Keep Your Spouse in Canada

If you are doing an outland sponsorship application and you want to get your spouse here sooner, you can have them apply for a visitor visa, and provide them an invitation letter. In IMMIgroup's experience, these applications are rarely approved, but you can still try.

If you are sponsoring inland and your spouse wants to work or study, they can apply for a work permit or study permit. Read more.

 

Learn About Sponsorship

(Note: this video is slightly out of date. Refer to the article above if you are confused about anything.)

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Two Major Changes to Sponsorship Regulations as of May 2017

Two major regulations brought in by the previous federal government to prevent immigration fraud have just been repealed as of May 3, 2017. This repeal has a big affect on future spousal/partner sponsorship applications.

 

End of Conditional Permanent Residence

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From 2012 until May 3, 2017, sponsored spouses or partners who received their permanent residence only received it conditionally, on the condition that both spouses or partners live together for two years. The only exceptions to this rule were if you had a long enough relationship, or you had a child together. For those who have received conditional permanent residence, only after 2 years, does the permanent residence becomes unconditional.

The current government believes that this regulation did not actually prevent marriage fraud. They also claim that it put sponsored spouses/partners in a bad position, if they were abused. The abused partner or spouse could not leave the home for fear of losing status in Canada.

Now that the change is approved and the regulation repealed, sponsored spouses/partners become permanent residents unconditionally upon approval of the sponsorship application.

 

Dependent Child Age Raised Back to 21

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Until August 2014, children of the sponsored spouse or partner who were 21 or younger were considered dependants and eligible to be sponsored as well. As of August 2014, that age was lowered to 18. The regulation change also returns this age back to 21, to allow children between 18 and 21 to be sponsored along with their parent, instead of them having to stay behind in their home country, which is currently the case.

The current government believes that these adult children can help look after the younger children and allow the sponsored spouse/partner to work more easily once they have arrived in Canada.

If your sponsorship application is currently in process and you submitted the application to IRCC on or before July 31, 2014, you can now include dependent children who were between the ages of 19 and 21 on the day you submitted your application in your application.

 

What Does This Mean?

Sponsored spouses are now granted permanent residence immediately upon approval. So if your application is approved after the regulation change (expected spring 2017), you will not have to go through 2 years of conditional permanent residence.

It also means that children between 18 and 21 are now able to accompany their parent, which was not possible for the last two years.

 

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