Frequently Asked Questions
How much time does it take to sponsor your spouse or common-law partner to Canada?
The processing time of the spousal sponsorship application depends on the nature of your case and the program under which you are applying. On average, it takes approximately 12 months right from the start to the end. The best way to fast-track your application is to ensure that all the required documents are submitted, and your application is made right.
It is best to seek professional support to apply it right the very first time. Get in touch with our RCIC consultant today.
How much money do you need to show to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal to Canada?
There is no minimum income requirement that you need to show for sponsoring a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner. You might have to meet income requirements if you are sponsoring a spouse or partner who has a dependent child, and the child has one or more children of their own. However, you need to sign an undertaking that states that
you promise to provide for the basic needs of the sponsored spouse or partner. The undertaking is valid for 3 years from the day the sponsored person becomes a Canadian Permanent Resident
How long am I financially responsible under the Family Sponsorship undertaking for the family member that I have sponsored?
As a sponsor, you must sign an undertaking stating that you promise to financially support the person sponsored and take care of their basic needs. This undertaking starts from the
day the person you sponsor becomes a permanent resident of Canada. The validity of the undertaking depends on the
- The sponsored person's relationship with you
- The age of the person sponsored
- Province in which you live ( Quebec has a different duration)
|Family Sponsorship||Length of undertaking|
(All provinces except Quebec)
|Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner||3 years|
|Dependent child under 22 years of age||10 years, or until age 25, whichever is earlier|
|Dependent child 22 years or older||3 years|
|Parents/ Grandparents||20 years|
|Other relative||10 years|
You are required to fulfill the obligation of this undertaking even if:
- Your relationship with the sponsored person changes.
- You have a financial issue
- The sponsored person becomes a Canadian Citizen