Sponsorship Immigration


When an individual receives Canada sponsorship by their spouse,  conjugal partner or common-law partner, then they are granted conditional permanent resident status. The status ensures that the relationship is authentic. 

There exists two conditions in this case, 

  • A five-year ban on sponsoring a new partner or spouse,
  • A two-year requirement for some couples to remain living together. (As of April 28, 2017 this condition is removed)

5 Year Ban On Spousal and Partner Sponsorship

Under this plan a Canadian citizen and permanent resident possess the right to sponsor their spouse, conjugal or common-law partner to come to Canada. However, restriction lies in the case if the individual himself was sponsored in the same category.

In this case, the individual first has to complete a period of five years from the day of landing in Canada. Only then, the person can sponsor a new spouse or partner. The condition is applicable despite the condition that the person gets Canadian citizenship in the meantime. 

Important to note that the five-year ban is not applied to partner or non-spousal sponsorship. This means that other members of the family class can be sponsored by an individual who were themselves sponsored as a spouse or partner. 

General Requirements For Family Sponsorship

To be a sponsor you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • A signed sponsorship agreement between you and the sponsored relative. If necessary, the agreement commits you will provide financial support for your relative. The agreement also states that the person after becoming a permanent resident will make every effort to support herself or himself.
  • Financial support will be provided from your side for a spouse, conjugal or common-law partner for the three years from the date they become a permanent resident.
  • Financial support will be provided from your side to a dependent child for 10 years, or until the child turns 25, whichever comes first.

Canada Family Sponsorship: Who Can Be Sponsored?

  • Common law partner.
  • Spouse.
  • Dependent children.
  • Conjugal partner..
  • Grandparents 
  • Parents.
  • Brothers or sisters, 
  • nephews or nieces, 
  • granddaughters or grandsons
  • orphaned, less than 18 years of age and unmarried or in a common-law relationship.
  • Other relatives of any relationship or age, but only under specific conditions.
  • Accompanying relatives of the above (for example, partner, spouse, and dependent children).

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