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Spousal Visa & Sponsorship

The main objective behind introducing the Family Class Visa stream by the Government of Canada has been to help families reunite. The Family Class Visa allows citizens and permanent residents of Canada to sponsor their spouse, parents, dependent children dependent grandchildren or dependent grandparents to gain permanent residence in Canada.

The Spousal Sponsorship program is a sub-category of the Family Class immigration stream that allows citizens and permanent residents of Canada to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner for Canadian permanent residency.

To receive a Spouse Visa through this immigration program, the sponsor (citizen or permanent resident of Canada) and applicant (sponsored person) must demonstrate their relationship to be one of three categories:

  • Spouse
  • Common-law Partner
  • Conjugal Partner

It is important for both the sponsor and the applicant to be approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to receive the Spouse Visa for Canada.

NOTE: Canada recognizes same-sex marriage and therefore, same-sex partners are eligible to apply under this category provided they meet all eligibility requirements.

Eligibility requirements for the Sponsor -

In order to qualify as a sponsor, one must: -
  • be 18 years or above in age
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • not have been in prison, be bankrupt, under a removal order (in case of a permanent resident) or have charged with a serious offence.
  • not have been sponsored to Canada as a spouse within a span of last five years.
A person may not qualify to be a sponsor if they:
  • have failed to provide financial support to a previously sponsored commitment,
  • are under the age of 18 years,
  • were already married to someone else at the of their marriage to the applicant,
  • have lived separately and one of the two has been in a conjugal or common-law relationship with a third person,
  • immigrated to Canada and the applicant must have, but was not examined by CIC, and
  • have an existing sponsorship agreement which stands valid at the time of filing another sponsorship application to CIC.
After Sponsorship

There are certain rules and regulations associated with permanent residency granted under Spousal Sponsorship program. These include:-
  • The sponsor must be financially sound to sponsor the applicant, for a minimum period of three years after the applicant has gained a permanent resident status in Canada.
  • Those who go to the Canadian state as spouses are not allowed to sponsor a spouse in turn for five years post receiving their permanent residency in Canada.
  • A two-year legal relationship regulation stands valid in case of spouses/partners who have been in a relationship for two years or less and who bear no children in common with their sponsor at the time of submitting the application. Once in Canada, the applicant must live with his/her spouse/partner in a lawful relationship a minimum of two years, or are subject to facing the possibility of having their Permanent Residency revoked.
  • Sponsored spouses or partners who face abuse or neglect are exceptions to these rules and regulations.

If you are planning to apply for the Canadian Spousal Visa, then we are right people to contact to. At WWICS, we are backed by a team of expert consultants with years of experience in the field of global resettlement procedures and visa processes. Our consultants will guide you through the entire immigration process, inform you about the processing times and help gain permanent residency in Canada in the shortest possible time.


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Q1. Who can be sponsored as a spouse under Canada’s Spousal Sponsorship program?

A sponsor is allowed to sponsor someone if that person is 18 years or above in age, belongs to the opposite sex and is lawfully married to the sponsor.

Q2. How much time does the entire Sponsorship Application process take?

The processing time majorly depends on the Canadian immigration visa office to while the application for Spouse Visa has been filed. Usually, Spousal Sponsorship applications are given priority and are processed ahead of all other applications for permanent residency in Canada.

Q3. Why are applicants called in for an interview?

The applicants may be called for an interview to the Canadian Embassy in case the Citizenship and Immigration officials doubt that the relationship portrayed is not genuine. If the interview goes poor, the chances of the application being rejected are high.

Q4. What is the basic requirement to be sponsor?

The basic requirement to be a sponsor is as follow: -

  • The sponsor is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
  • The sponsor is 18 years of age or above,
  • The sponsor must sign a three year sponsorship agreement with the Government of Canada to financially support the spouse.

Q5. How old must my spouse be for me to sponsor him/her to immigrate to Canada?

In effect from June 10, 2015, the minimum age requirement for a spouse or common-law partner has been changed from 16 to 18. Also, the sponsoring person must be at least 18 years old at the time the filing an application of sponsorship of his/her spouse to CIC.

Q6. We are engaged to be married. Can I sponsor my future wife or husband?

You are allowed to sponsor your future wife or husband as a common law partner in case you have lived together for a minimum period of 12 continuous months.

Q7. What are the limitations of spousal sponsorship program?

A sponsor cannot file for sponsorship of a person as his/her spouse if: -

  • the sponsored person is under the age of 18 years,
  • if the sponsor or the sponsored person has been the spouse of another person at the time of their marriage,
  • if the sponsor and the sponsored person lived separately for a minimum of one year and are in a common-law relationship with a third person.

Q8. Can a same-sex partner be sponsored under the Canadian Spouse Visa?

Same-sex marriages are valid to take up sponsorship of a spouse, for those who have been married in Canada. On the other hand, those married outside the geographical boundaries of Canada, same-sex marriages are considered valid if the marriage was recognized in the country where it took place.

Q9. Can the sponsored person study or work in Canada if their application is being processed in Canada?

Sponsored persons are allowed to study and work while they are waiting for their Canadian Immigration Visa. Note that this stands valid after the Sponsorship Application has been approved in principle by CIC. The sponsored persons are also granted a Study Permit or an Open Work Permit.

Q10. Why should I use the services of WWICS for obtaining immigration through the Canadian Spouse Visa?

Obtaining immigration under the Canadian Spouse Visa can be a complicated process. Using the services of an experienced consultancy firm like WWICS who specialize in global resettlement and immigration processes, can help you get through the process easily and quickly. Our team of professional consultants will provide you accurate instructions and processing times, guide through the entire process, provide updates and handle all your problems quickly - making what is a complex issue simple.

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