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3 Easy Ways to Bring Your Spouse to Canada

Love is a universal language and knows no boundaries or borders, and Canada knows and values this. Canada strongly promotes to reunite all permanent residents and citizens with the ones they love through its spousal sponsorship program.

This program applies to both opposite and same-sex couples, regardless of whether they are applying for inland spousal sponsorship or outland spousal sponsorship. This means that no matter where you or your spouse are in the world as long as one of you is a Canadian permanent resident or citizen, you can reunite with your significant other. This however only applies to those who are 18 years or older.

The spousal sponsorship program is so successful that, in 2016 it had an 86% approval rate and we’re so invested in family values that over the next 2 years, the Government aims to reunite 70,000 spouses, partners and children every year.



Top 3 Ways to Sponsor Your Spouse to Join You in Canada

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1. Spousal Sponsorship

Who Can Apply?

Married couples. The marriage must be deemed legal in the country that you and your spouse were married.

You will have to show that your marriage is real and not just to get permanent residence in Canada. This may require an interview with a visa officer and you may be required to provide proof of your relationship, such as:

  • Shared assets;
  • Travel together;
  • Communication;
  • A honeymoon;
  • Meeting your spouse’s parents etc.

2. Common-Law Sponsorship

Who Can Apply?

Couples that are not married but have been living together in Canada for at least one year.

You will have to be able to show that you are in a genuine committed and exclusive relationship. This can be shown in various ways, such as:

  • A co-signed lease or property agreement;
  • Shared utility bills in each other’s names at the same address;
  • Shared assets;
  • Travel together;
  • Communication;
  • Travel to each other’s home countries;
  • Meeting your common-law partner’s parents etc.

3. Conjugal Sponsorship

Who Can Apply?

Couples who are not married nor living together (ie. your foreign partner is living outside of Canada) however have been in a conjugal relationship for at least one year.

It is important to note that this category is not suitable for those who are just dating or plan to get married in the distant future.

To be successful you will need to prove that you are in a committed “marriage-like” relationship through, for example:

  • A co-signed lease or property agreement;
  • Shared assets;
  • Travel together;
  • Communication;
  • Public declaration of your relationship or ceremony;
  • Travel to each other’s home countries;
  • Meeting your conjugal partner’s parents etc.

Top 3 Spousal Sponsorship FAQs

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1. How long does it take to sponsor a spouse in Canada?

The process of applying for either inland spousal sponsorship or outland spousal sponsorship is approximately 12 months. However, this varies from case to case, depending on factors such as where you are applying from and your specific circumstances.

2. How much does it cost to sponsor a spouse in Canada?

The two main fees include:

  • Government Processing Fee - $550 CAD; and
  • Right of Permanent Residence Fee - $500 CAD.

You will also be financially responsible for your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner which means that you will have to be able to provide for their basic needs as soon as they become permanent residents, for at least for 3 years. (this excludes Quebec) There is generally no income requirement as long as you can show that you will be able to take care of them financially.

3. Can I stay in Canada while waiting for spousal sponsorship?

Yes, you can. Canada allows both inland and outland spousal sponsorship. This means that you can apply to sponsor your loved one whether or not you are physically in Canada. If you and your spouse are applying while in Canada, you are allowed to stay in Canada while waiting for permanent residence. You must, however, make sure that your status remains legal, which means that if you are on a temporary visa you must ensure that you extend your stay before your permit or visa expires.

Want to find out if you’re eligible to sponsor your spouse to join you in Canada? Simply click the link below and let one of our consultants help reunite that precious bond between you and the one you love.



Reunite With the One You Love in Canada

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Applying for a visa can be time-consuming and confusing. With strict deadlines, procedures and requirements to adhere to, it can be easy to make a mistake that could cost you your chance to bring your spouse to Canada. But with the guidance and assistance of one of our knowledgeable Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s), the process will be stress-free.

When you choose to use our expert and Government trusted services, you will receive:

  • An in-depth eligibility assessment
  • Guidance on which of 100+ immigration programs and visas to choose from;
  • An immigration plan and timeline tailored to your individual needs;
  • A review and submission of all application forms and documentation; as well as
  • Support through every step of the application process.

All you have to do is fill out our application form to receive your eligibility assessment and let us take care of the rest. It’s just that simple! Your Canadian journey starts here. Together.

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