Whether your partner is legally married to you (a spouse, that is), living with you as a common-law partner, or having a conjugal partner relationship with you but could not live together with you due to a factor or situation that’s beyond your control, you can sponsor your spouse/partner to Canada as long as you meet the following criteria:
As a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident, you can sponsor your dependent children to immigrate to Canada. In order for your children to be qualified as dependents, they must meet all these criteria:
Children at 22 years of age or older may qualify as dependants if they meet both of these criteria:
A family sponsorship application usually takes about 12 months from start to finish. However, the time length will vary for each country. To check the application processing time for your family member’s country, please use this application processing time assessment tool by the IRCC.
The amount of processing time for sponsoring your child to Canada is around 12 months. However, the processing time varies for each country. Please use this application processing time assessment tool by the IRCC to estimate the processing time for your application.
In short, a spouse is someone who is legally married to you. A common-law partner is someone who has been having a romantic relationship with you and has been living with you for at least a year without long periods of being apart from you. A conjugal partner is someone with whom you are having a romantic relationship but cannot live together or marry you due to both legal and immigration restrictions. More information can be found on the official IRCC website.
An application fee for spouse/partner sponsorship starts at $1,050 CAD. Please note that these numbers are the fees for IRCC. For our service, we evaluate the fee on a case-by-case basis. More importantly, we recommend that you have at least $16,000 CAD in your bank account if you are sponsoring your family member. Having enough financial means to support your family member in Canada is crucial for your application success.
An application fee for child sponsorship starts at $150. This excludes our service fee, which is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
You can bring your spouse, partner, and/or dependents with you to Canada if you are invited to apply for Express Entry.
You can provide these items as proof for your common-law relationship with your partner:
You can use this online tool provided by the Government of Canada to determine the dependent status of your child.
If you want to bring both the spouse and the child(ren), we would process both applications together as it’s much more time and cost-efficient to sponsor both mother (or father in some cases) and child at once.
The IRCC provides a convenient online checklist generator for family sponsorship. Please be sure to use this tool when preparing your application.
No. If you are living in Québec, or you are being sponsored by a family member in Québec, please consult the official Québec immigration website regarding family reunification. There are some requirements that are different from the IRCC.
Canada is the #1 country in the world when it comes to quality of life, according to a survey data in 2021. Not only that, Canada realizes the importance for the family to be together so the government makes it possible for your loved one to sponsor you – and for you to sponsor your loved one. Below are some reasons why Canada is such a great place for a family to be together.
Canada’s Universal Healthcare System ensures that Canadians and Permanent Residents have access to free healthcare for most medical services. Even if you don’t have a government health card, you can still receive free emergency medical services at a nearby hospital.
If at least one of the parents is a Canadian or a Permanent Resident, or a temporary resident with a valid Study Permit or Work Permit, the child is entitled to free public education from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
In Canada, everyone is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, one of Canada’s most important legal documents that helps to establish Canada as a free, democratic country. Here in Canada, you and your family have the right to equality, mobility, and freedom of thought, belief, and expression.