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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).

so i have a husband who is a foreign worker we have been together 7 years we have 3 canadian born children and i was born and raised in canada im caucasion my question why do they keep denying him PR if he lives in canada and has 3 kids with me . we have done 2 applications and were denied both times its very infair some without kids get excepted but not him why? im at my wits end i really dont want my husband to have to return to the philipppines

You need to speak to a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) or an immigration lawyer to have that question answered. They will need to reivew your applications and the refusal.

My husband is from Morocco and we got married march 2017. He just got his visitors visa for one year and is planning to come in May. Can I sponsor him Outland from Morocco and he can come stay in Canada until his soonsorship is approved ?

You can sponsor him any time. If you sponsor him before he arrives it will be outland. Because he already has his visa he will be allowed to travel here during the process. He will be questioned at the Port of Entry as visitors are not supposed to enter Canada permanently.

I came to usa on business visa.I came to canada illegaly and apply refugee visa.Now I wanna marry to my fiance who is usa citizen. I am an Indian national.Can my fiance sponsor me for usa while my refugee case is pending in canada or I need to withdraw my refugee case from canada and need to go back to usa.

This is a Canadian website. We do not know the details of American laws.

In Canadian law, you must have legal status in order to be eligible to be sponsored. That might be true in the US too. The US may or may not have regulations about not being able to sponsor someone with a pending refugee claim in a different country.

I got married in India my husband sponsored me to come to Canada. How long do I have stay married in order to get my PR. I am having some misunderstanding in the marriage.

The moment you “land” in Canada (i.e. enter) you are a permanent resident. The 2 year conditional permanent residence requirement was revoked.


He does not need to be with you when you land.

I am Irish (56) and living in Ireland. I am engaged to a Canadian lady who lives in Toronto. I am taking a 10 month leave of absence from my job in Ireland to relocate to Toronto. What are my visa requirements: Can I just come on a tourist visa and not work or do I have the possibility of getting a working visa? I can provide documentation that I can remain self sufficient for my time in Canada and will also have health insurance cover. We are both hoping that after the year together that I will move pernamently to Toronto, what is the visa process that I need to follow? At this stage I will have retired and will be recieving a pension.

To answer your first question, you can just get an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) and come here. You do not have to work.

However, once you want to come permanently, she will have to sponsor you for permanent residence. She can do that while you are in Ireland or while you are in Canada.

I’m a Canadian citizen who just completed a two year long work visa in the UK. Just before leaving to move back to Canada, I discovered I was pregnant with my Italian boyfriend’s child. We’ve been together for about 3 years, but have no documents proving this. Is it possible to get him here and working in 8 months?

You have a few options:

  1. If he can get an eTA and enter Canada with you, you can sponsor him “inland” once he is in the country.
  2. If he is not yet 35 he can apply for International Experience Canada and come here on a working holiday.
  3. Finally, if he cannot come here, you can move here yourself and sponsor him outland, but that will take 12 months from the date you submit the application.

I’m a Canadian living in Nairobi, Kenya. I’ve been here for six years. I intend to marry a Kenyan, in Kenya. We will return together in June 2017. What do we need to do? We will be living in the province of Alberta

You need to sponsor her for permanent residence. There are two ways you can do that:

  1. If she can get a visitor visa and enter Canada, you can sponsor her “inland”.
  2. Otherwise you have to come here by yourself and sponsor her “outland” and she can come once she is approved.

I am haitian and I applied for the express entry in order to get my permanent resident . I am already working in Canada but as A diplomat .if we get married , will that ause any problem with my request? the other question is if we get married , will he be able to sponsor me in order to have the permanent residency ? And at this time i will have to renounce to my diplomat status..

Marriage will not affect your Express Entry application.

Once you are married, you can be sponsored. But you cannot remain a diplomat for a foreign country and be a permanent resident at the same time.

Canadian man wants to bring wife from India to Canada. How long will it take?

It will take approximately one year from the date you submit the application.

I am a South African citizen , engaged to a Canadian citizen, we both currently live and work in the UK and have residency cards and tier 2 visa’s. We plan to get married at the end of this year, in Canada, and come back to UK as we are both currently in GP training together. Which visa would I need to apply for in order to go to Canada and get married please. Am I able to do so on a visitors visa?Does he have to sponsor me to go over to get married ?

You can come here on a visitor visa if you are planning on just marrying on while you’re on that visa.

You should wait until your married before you are sponsored for permanent residence.

You cans submit an “open” work permit application at the same time as you are submitting the sponsorship application.

I am a Canadian citizen born and raised and have been living and working in Dubai for several years. I would like to sponsor my South African Common law partner who lives with me in Dubai UAE. We have been together for 3 years and have a lot of proof of a genuine relationship however we don’t have a lease with both our names on it as in Dubai only one name goes on the lease by law. Do you think this will be an issue?

The more proof of a common law relationship you can establish the better. The less evidence you have, the harder it will be to have your application approved.

The bigger problem at the moment is that you are not yet in Canada.

I’m dating a guy from France and he wants to live in Canada full time. If we get married can he stay in Canada and get a job?

If you get married you can sponsor him for permanent residence. Once he is a permanent resident he can work in Canada.

I m a Canadian citizen, my boyfriend (has an Afghan passport) is in UK on student visa which expires in August 2017. We want to get married but he was declined a visitors visa twice. How do I go about sponsoring him here before his student visa expires?

Go to the UK and get married. Once you are married you can sponsor him for permanent residence in Canada. It will take a year to get a decision, however, so it doesn’t solve his problem of losing his status in the UK.

I am 4 weeks pregant right now PR in canada divorce is on process. Can i invite my conjugal partner to be with me here before giving birth? He is married back home

You can invite him as a guest for his application as a visitor visa.

But you cannot sponsor him yet.

Conjugal sponsorship is for people who are prevented from marrying by law because, for example, they are both the same gender and one partner lives in a country where homosexual marriage is illegal. Conjugal sponsorship is not meant for getting around bigamy laws.

Your divorce must be completed and then you either need to marry him or he needs to come here some other way and you need to become common law.


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