Parents Sponsorship

Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents


A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada can sponsor their spouse, conjugal or common-law partner, dependent child (including adopted child) or other eligible relatives to become a permanent resident under the Family Class. Sponsored spouses or partners must live together in a legitimate relationship for two years from the day they receive permanent residence status.

Applicants under family sponsorship do not have to meet the point system or discretionary selection criteria used in the other application categories. There are two different processes for sponsoring your family under the family class. One process is used for sponsoring your spouse, conjugal or common-law partner and or dependent children. There is another application that is used to sponsor other eligible relatives.

Family Sponsorship Program Requirements


Canadian citizens and permanent residents who live in Canada can sponsor their loved ones and help them to get a Permanent Resident Spouse Visa for Canada through the Family Class program.

Who can be sponsored for a Canadian spouse visa?

As a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident you may sponsor a spouse or common-law partner or conjugal partner and his/her dependent children. Your partner (husband or wife) can be either of the opposite sex or same sex.

Spouse:You are a spouse if you are married to your sponsor and your marriage is legally valid.

Common Law Partner: You are a common-law partner -either of the opposite sex or same sex – if you have been living together in a conjugal relationship for at least one year.

Conjugal Partner: This category is for partners -either of the opposite sex or same sex- in exceptional circumstances beyond their control that prevent them from qualifying as common-law partners or spouses by living together.

Subjectivity plays an important part in Canadian spousal sponsorships. Errors or omissions could delay your spouse visa application or even lead to refusals. Therefore it is important to prepare your application carefully at the time of filling for sponsorship