How to Sponsor a Spouse in Canada

If you are a permanent resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen and your spouse is not (if they are an American citizen, for example), you may be able to sponsor them to become a Canadian permanent resident! You can also sponsor your same-sex partner, conjugal partner or common law partner to Canada the same as a spouse.

There are two major requirements to consider when you sponsor a spouse to Canada other than having to be a Canadian permanent resident or Canadian citizen.

Canadian spousal sponsorship requirements

When you sponsor a spouse, common law partner, same-sex partner or conjugal partner to Canada, you will have to enter into a legally-binding sponsorship agreement with the Canadian government that makes you responsible for the spouse you are sponsoring. If something goes wrong, you are required to step up financially. This means if your spouse ends up receiving any social assistance, the government may be able to take you to court to pay it back.

When sponsoring a spouse to Canada you must also demonstrate that you earn a high enough income to financially support your spouse and their dependents. There isn’t a set income level requirement for spousal sponsorship like there is for other sponsorship applications, but you must still demonstrate you have enough money to support yourself and the people you sponsor.

Spousal sponsorship applications are time consuming and can be very, very difficult. Many spousal sponsorship applications are denied each and every year. You must meet strict requirements and be able to back it up with proof. We have handled many successful spousal sponsorship cases and we can help you as well! Please contact us using the form on the right or by using the telephone number at the top of this page.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.