Spousal sponsorship processing times

Sam Brown

New Member
Hi everyone!

I am applying for Common-Law sponsorship (inland) and an open work permit. I sent off the application June 4th,2018 via Fedex express and got confirmation from Fedex on June 5th stating it was received. I have yet to receive any information from CIC stating they have received my application.

So my questions are what are the normal processing times for this application? Should i receive confirmation from CIC that they have it? Is there a way I can contact them to see if they are looking at it?

In the application I included an Open work Permit application. My current visa ends September 10th,2018. What happens if I don't hear back in time? I need an answer on the work permit before my visa expires or I cannot work anymore or I am issued "implied status"?

Any advice or help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Riley Haas

Well-Known Member
The Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) takes a lot longer than a few weeks, in most cases. It's closer to a month or more.

The average processing time is 12 months. However, there is wide variation. We suggest https://myimmitracker.com as a way of seeing tracking times.

You should have an online account where you can track the progress of your application.

If you haven't received a decision on your work permit application by the date your current work permit expires, you cannot work but you can still remain in Canada. Implied status is for renewals; so it's a different type of work permit application.

Hope this helps,

When I create an account for submitting Spouse Sponsoring ( inland), there are parts to fill up for both( me and my partner). Who is supposed to open this profile- me or my partner? Do we have to submit all docs in one application? Thank you
Regarding to Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking form, whos supposed to be a co-signer for my partner( sponsor)?, cuz in co-signer eligibility assessment my answer "No" to question 'Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident?' doesn't let me be a co-signer.

Riley Haas

Well-Known Member
I'm just the webmaster and have never submitted an application myself, so I can't answer the question about the profile. Is this about IRCC or myimmitracker, anyway?

The co-signer is if your sponsor is unsure they have enough money to sponsor you. It should be a relative if applicable.


New Member
If it helps, my inland Spouse Sponsored app was sent off May 1st, 2018, noted as 'received' May 5th, and my sponsor received an email back-dated acknowledged receipt in late June/July. We received the request for medical Oct 9th 2018.