Spousal Sponsorship

This type of immigration allows a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to bring their spouse, partner, or kid. Spousal, common-law, and conjugal partner sponsorship are the three types of spouse sponsorship. Each kind of spouse sponsorship has its own legal ramifications.

Our professional attorneys in Mississauga have years of experience in many parts of immigration law, family law, and personal injury law. Not only can they assist with the legal parts of the spouse sponsorship application, but our Mississauga personal injury attorneys can also guide you through the many components of a personal injury claim.

If a permanent resident or citizen of Canada wishes to bring their partner or spouse to Canada, they may apply for Canadian spousal sponsorship. Spousal sponsorship in Canada is classified into three types: spouse, common-law, and conjugal partner sponsorship. Each categorization has its own set of legal implications.


There are two ways to apply for the sponsorship:

  • Overseas spouse sponsorship– suitable for spouses or partners outside Canada
  • In-land spouse sponsorship– for a spouse (Husband, Wife, Common-law partner) living in Canada. The sponsored person needs to have legal status in Canada as a worker, student, or visitor.



Spousal Sponsorship Canada

This is a two-step application process:

  • A Person applies to the government with their “intent to sponsor”
  • The sponsored applicant can now apply for permanent residency after the sponsor’s application is approved
  • A police clearance certificate and medical examination need to be completed after the sponsorship application has been made (applicable for sponsorship applicants aged 18 years or older


There are various requirements that must be followed while sponsoring a child. Children that are sponsored must be under the age of 22 and unmarried. If the kid is beyond the age of 22, he or she will be eligible for spouse sponsorship if they are financially dependent on their parents owing to a mental or physical ailment.

Who Can Be A Sponsor?

Eligibility criteria for a person, wishing to be a sponsor include:

  • Possess permanent residency or citizenship of Canada
  • Age should be 18 or older
  • Reside in Canada or show intent to reside in Canada once the sponsored applicant gets permanent residency of Canada successfully
  • Quebec sponsorship regulations need to be satisfied if the intent is to live in Quebec
  • Demonstrate suitable income receipts to cover the basic needs of the sponsored applicant

Inland spousal sponsorship allows candidates to remain in Canada while their application for permanent residence is being processed. We can assist with applications for inland spouse sponsorship.


Inland Spousal Sponsorship Requirements

For a permanent resident to be deemed eligible for Inland spouse sponsorship, they must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of submitting their sponsorship application
  • Not have received spousal sponsorship to Canada within the last five years
  • Not be bankrupt, in prison, or charged with a serious offense
  • Not be under a removal order, if they are a Canadian permanent resident



Outland Spousal Sponsorship

Out-of-country spouse sponsorship applications are submitted by spouses who live in countries other than Canada. The visa office of the foreign national’s home country handles out-of-country sponsorship applications. If your loved one is not legally present in Canada at the time of application, Outland sponsorship is likely your only choice.

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