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Canada Sponsorship FAQ

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  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their immediate family and “other eligible relatives” for permanent residence in Canada.
  • There are three types of partner sponsorship:
    • spousal sponsorship – for married couples
    • common-law sponsorship – for couples currently living together
    • conjugal sponsorship – for couples prevented from marrying or living together
  • There are two ways of sponsoring your partner:
    • Inland sponsorship – your partner is already physical in Canada
    • Outland sponsorship – your partner is not yet in Canada
  • Sponsoring a child is more straight-forward whereas sponsoring your parents can is more complicated.
For further information see Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC).

hi m international student in Canada. and my gf is Canadian citizen. m gona marry to her. so whats the process to get PR by marriage ?

You need to be sponsored for permanent residence and then live in Canada long enough to qualify for citizenship. You can learn about spousal sponsorship by reading the rest of these FAQs.

Im a filipina living canada for permanent status..i was married in philippines but i applied for a divorce here so im divorced already…my questions is it possible for us to married in hongkong and bring him here in canada…i wAnt to sponsor him after we get married?what are the requirements to sponsor him?

It is possible to marry in Hong Kong.

In order to sponsor him, you should be physically in Canada already. He can be in Canada or anywhere else, though where he is affects the application in some way. (Search this page for “inland” and “outland”.)

The sponsorship application consists of many forms plus lots of documentation showing that you have a genuine relationship.

I’m Egyptian and have been in a relationship with my girl friend. She is ukrainian and recently she moved to canada and got pr in canada. What is the process to come to canada and live with her in canada

You need to get married. Once you are married she can sponsor you for permanent residence.

Can I sponsor my Colombian girlfriend as a common law wife if I am legally married. It separated from my wife?


You cannot be considered common law if you are married to someone else.

I just got my PR. But have plans to marry my fiancé. If I marry him mid of this year can I sponsor him as soon as we got married?

Yes, you can sponsor him the moment you are married.

My boyfriend (Mexican citizen) and I (Canadian citizen) want to have a civil marriage in Ontario this year. What is the process we would need to go through? We would get his birth certificate, passport and driver’s licence translated… He also wants to change his last name to be mine. He is going to move here the following year once he finishes university in Mexico. We would like for him to also apply for his Canadian citizenship along this process. We want to just focus on getting married when he comes to visit in the summer and would need assistance on the steps required for that. But any other helpful information would be appreciated!

To marry, you just need to complete a marriage license application, book your appointment (or go in person, depending upon the municipal office) and pay the fee.
If he wants to become a citizen, you will have to sponsor him for permanent residence first, then he will have to live here awhile before applying for citizenship. You can learn more about sponsorship here:

i am an international student who is about to sit the englist test to apply for PR, can i marry my girl friend who has no status and if i marry her will this affect the result of wether or not i will be granted my permanent residency?

No. Your girlfriend needs to have status in the country she resides in if she is to be sponsored. For you to sponsor her for permanent residence, she will either have leave Canada or restore her status in Canada first.

I’m a Canada citizen. I’m going to marry a Vietnamese on August in Vietnam but I would like to sponsor her and go together with me when I come back Canada on September. Please give for me some advice What should I have and do now before I go there? 

You can prepare your supporting documentation (outside of the marriage information) prior to marrying but there is not much else you can do ahead of time. The information you submit in your sponsorship application should be current when you submit the application.

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My gf is canadian citizen.and i am without status in spain.we can get religious marry in spain there any possibility i can come to canada with her or i get legal here in spain.would you let me know

In order for her to sponsor you, you need to have legal status in your place of residence. So, before or after you marry, you either need to get legal status in Spain or you need to return to a country in which you have legal status, and then she can sponsor you to come to Canada.

I am a Canadian citizen living in germany,i’m separate to my husband bat not divorced yet waiting for the year time,so how can I bring my boyfriend to germany from Kosovo?What are the ways?

You need to get divorced before you can sponsor your boyfriend, whom you’ll have to marry.

I’m a Canadian girl that has been living with my UK girlfriend for 1 year now and have finally just got our spousal sponsorship papers sent off. My gf is extremely home sick and misses her family. We believe the rules have changed that you are able to return home for a short visit but we’re still scared she will get the wrong person and be denied. Do you have any suggestions? Will there still be a good chance she’s denied back?

Because your girlfriend is British, she’s probably fine as long as she has a valid ETA. However, if you accompanied her, it would be better, as they are much more likely to look favourably upon a couple that is vacationing together.

Me and my native canadian bf are planning to get marry here in the philippines. He wants to sponsor me. What are the documents we need? How long will be the process? I have 2 kids too and he want to get them too.

You need different documents to marry and to be sponsored. For marriage, see this page. Once married, your new husband will have to submit a sponsorship application. There is more information on this page but you can get more details about spousal sponsorship here.

can i apply PR with temporary marriage certificate or not? my wife has PR and we live together in Canada,but my status i am a Refugee Client.So what will be the process to follow?and what document i surpose to have?

You cannot be sponsored with a marriage license, you have to have the actual marriage certificate.

I am married my husband is a permanent resident and he sponsored me , Permanent residency letter states we need we must cohabit in a conjugal relationship for a continuous period of 2 years however in between i had to travel for 20 days to India while he was in Canada and again will have to stay in India for 6 months due to personal reasons,during which i would be staying in INdia and my husband in Canada.Will this hamper the Permanent resident clause, will i not be a permanent resident once i return , once i return will i have to be legally married and stay with him


This requirement was removed. You are no longer legally obligated to cohabitate for two years in order to keep your status.

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