How to sponsor your spouse, partner, or dependent children to Canada?

For Details About Family Class Sponsorships and Eligibility Requirements, Please Click Here.

Spousal Sponsorship

You can sponsor your spouse (legal marriage), your common-law partner (not legally married but who co-habits with you), your conjugal partner (not legally married and is not cohabiting with you), your dependent children under 22 years (if over 22 years, then special requirements must be met).

The eligibility requirements for sponsoring your spouse or dependent children are previously explained under the family class. Please note, spousal sponsorship applications are a sub-class of the family class.

Forms and Documents Checklist for Spousal Sponsorship Application

You have to generate your checklist, forms, and instructions online and submit them through your online Permanent Residence Portal. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Generally speaking, you will need the following forms and documents for your spousal sponsorship application.

Part A: Forms

1: Document Checklist – Spouse (Including Dependent Children) (IMM 5533)

2: Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM1344)

3: Receipt of the Application fee and the Right of Permanent Residency Fee and other expenses for a total of $X.00 CAD. You should break down the fee if you have paid for multiple items.

4: Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)

5: Country-Specific Requirements (the following three requirements are for Afghanistan, check your own country and see if there is any country-specific requirement):

a: Supplementary Information – Your travels (IMM 55620)

b: Details of Military Service (IMM 5546)

c: any old, expired passports.

6: Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)

7: Schedule A – Background / Declaration (IMM 5669)

8: Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation (IMM5532)

9: Use of Representative Form (IMM 5476)

Part B: Supporting Documents

10: Status in Canada: Sponsor’s Permanent Residence Card

11: Employment/sources of Income: Appointment Letter issued by the X Employer.

12: Employment/sources of Income: Tax returns for X year.

13: Identity Documents:

a: Passport copies for Principal Applicant and her dependent children.

b: Birth certificates for each family member.

c: Copy of National Identity Cards (Tazkira) of each family member.

14: Civil Status Documents:

a: English translation of Marriage Certificate (Waseeqa Nikkah).

b: A scanned version of the original Marriage Certificate (Waseeqa Nikkah). The original marriage certificate can be provided upon request. Please do not send the original document unless requested for inspection purposes, always send a scan or a certified copy initially.

15: Original Police Certificate for Principal Applicant.

16: Two photos each for the principal applicant, and her X dependents. The photos were taken on X Date, by a professional photo studio called ZYZ Photo studio, located at XYZ address. A business card of this photo studio is included for reference purposes.

17: Proof of relationship to sponsor:

a: WhatsApp text messages and call records between the principal applicant and sponsor. (X number of pages)

b: The sponsor could not visit his family in Afghanistan due to security and immigration reasons.

c: Birth Certificate of each child. (English translation and a copy of the original document).

d: Wedding Photos (20 photos) and additional family photos.

18: Documentary evidence of financial support (money and phone top-ups sent to the principal applicant by the sponsor).

Part C: Background Documents:

Please include a reference to your original PR and proof of how you got your own permanent residence.

If you can’t provide the required documents, don’t worry, simply explain in detail why you are not able to provide such documents, not all life matters can be 100% programmed, so things can happen.

You need to scan or upload the original of all of these documents and submit them online.


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