The Inland Spousal Sponsorship is designed to allow Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouses or common-law partners to live with them permanently in Canada. To apply for this visa program, your partner must be already in Canada and holding a temporary resident status (working, studying, or visiting) in Canada.
You can apply under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class if your spouse or common-law partner cohabits (lives) with you in Canada.
As a sponsor, you must be able to prove that you
- Are legally a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
- Are at least 18 years old;
- Can provide the basic needs for you and your family, including food, clothing, and shelter;
- Can support your spouse/partner financially; and
- Can ensure that your spouse/partner does not need to ask for financial help from the Canadian government.
Although there is no minimum income requirement to sponsor your partner, unless you are sponsoring a spouse or partner that has a dependent child, and their dependent child has 1 or more children of their own, you need to sign in an undertaking to prove that you commit to:
- providing financial support for your sponsored family members, starting when they become permanent residents
- repaying any provincial social assistance your sponsored family members get during that time
Your spouse/ partner’s eligibility
Your spouse/ partner must:
- Be currently in Canada.
- Have a legal status to live temporarily in Canada. It can be a student, temporary worker, or visitor visa.
- Your spouse or common-law partner can’t become a permanent resident in Canada if they’re inadmissible for any reason other than not having legal immigration status in Canada.
- Before applying, your spouse or common-law partner in Canada must resolve any other situation that made them inadmissible.
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