Spousal Sponsorship

Spousal Sponsorship:

If you’re eligible, you can sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent children to become permanent residents of Canada.

If you do, you must be able to:

  • support them financially
  • make sure they don’t need social assistance from the government

Who is eligible to sponsor their spouse, partner or child

You can sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent child if:

    • You’re at least 18 years old
    • You’re a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
      • If you’re a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you must show that you plan to live in Canada when the persons you want to sponsor become permanent residents.
      • You can’t sponsor someone if you’re a permanent resident living outside Canada.
    • You’re able to prove that you’re not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability
  • you can provide for the basic needs of any persons you want to sponsor