Spousal Sponsorship: Husband, Wife, Common-law partner
Processing times on average are between 8 to 12 months, depending on the visa office responsible for processing the application. Some larger visa offices such as the USA can process applications as fast as 4 to 6 months.
All applications for both Inland and Outland Sponsorship are submitted to CPC-M in Mississauga. Once an application is deemed to be complete with all required forms and documents, and the sponsor is eligible, the application is forwarded for further processing. Incomplete applications are returned 3 months later.
- Spouse and Common-Law Sponsorship
There are 2 types of applications for Spouse and Common-Law Sponsorship
Outland Spousal Sponsorship: your application will be processed through the visa office in the sponsored spouse's country of citizenship or where they legally reside (if outside Canada). If you and your Spouse/Common-law partner live together in Canada, you can still apply under this category. Applying under this category will make you eligible to Appeal a refusal. You will not have rights to appeal for an Inland Spousal Application.
Inland Spousal Sponsorship (Spouse or Common-Law in-Canada category): your application will be processed in Canada and you and your sponsor MUST live together. The person being sponsored MUST have temporary status in Canada as a worker, student, or visitor. The person being sponsored may be eligible for an Open Work Permit.
- Parental Sponsorship
The Canadian Government recently made changes to the Parent and Grandparent program as part of their commitment to re-uniting family in Canada. These changes will simplify and expedite the application process resulting in faster processing times. 10,000 applicants will be invited to apply in 2018.
- Dependant Child Sponsorship
You can sponsor a dependant child or a child you plan to adopt for Permanent Residency in Canada. Currently, the eligible age for a dependant is 18 or younger, however the government of Canada have been considering to increase the age to 21 or younger sometime in the near future.
- Other Relative Family Sponsorship
You can sponsor other relatives besides your immediate family members under certain circumstances
You can sponsor:Your brother, sister, nephew, niece, grandson or granddaughter, who are orphaned, under the age of 18, and not married or in a common-law relationship