How Does Spousal Sponsorship Work?

Since the beginning of time, humans have been migrating. People migrate for numerous reasons such as bad living situations, poverty, or the opportunity for a better life. There is nothing wrong with migrating if it presents a better opportunity for you and your family.

It’s not uncommon for couples to meet despite living hundreds or thousands of miles away. With advancements in technology as well as the availability of technology and the internet, people are meeting from a distance more than ever before. There comes a time when a couple that lives in different areas of the world is ready to unite and live together and start a new life together. Spousal sponsorships allow a resident to sponsor their spouse so they can gain residence in the country.

The main goal of spousal sponsorship Canada is uniting families by helping them migrate. Family sponsorship is a popular path towards securing permanent residency or citizenship. Today, we’ll discuss your options as a migrant looking to relocate.

Family Sponsorship

Family Sponsorship is the process of sponsoring a close family member or spouse to gain permanent residence and/or citizenship in another country. The goal is to keep families united, and this presents that opportunity. If you’re a legal resident or citizen in a country, your relatives are allowed entry in order to live, work, and study if they gain permanent residence.

Depending on the country, a citizen and permanent resident may have the ability to sponsor a relative or spouse as long as they meet the requirements. You may need to fill out an application, although the processing time varies depending on the many factors in play.

Who can you sponsor?

While it would be great to sponsor your childhood best friend from back home, they aren’t recognized as immediate family, and therefore, you wouldn’t be able to sponsor them. As a sponsor, you’re able to sponsor your spouse, partner, or dependent child.


Your partner you are legally married to.

Dependent Child

This is considered a child under 22 years old with no spouse or partner. Also, a child over 22 years of age who has depended on their parent’s support before the age of 22 and are currently unable to support themselves financially.

Requirements to be a Sponsor

Becoming a sponsor is a big responsibility, and this means not just anyone is able to fulfill the requirements to become a sponsor. Becoming a sponsor requires:

  • Age 18 or older
  • A Canadian Citizen or permanent resident
  • The ability to provide the basic needs of the person you sponsor for some time

Basic Needs

This is considered basic health care, food, shelter, and other needs for daily living.


You must apply to become a sponsor, and the person you attempt to sponsor must apply for permanent residence. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to keep their family together.