Spousal Sponsorship


One of the guiding principles behind Canada’s immigration policy is to keep families together. The broad Family Class stream of immigration includes a number of pathways to permanent residency. As is the case in any immigration application, there is some work to be done, but Mansouri Firm can help you decide which one is the right program for you. And while there can never be a guarantee that your application will be successful, our experts will work with you to ensure that you are presenting the strongest application possible.



The Family Class stream for immigration to Canada is broad and inviting. As mentioned, one of the main objectives of Canada’s overall immigration vision to assist with the reunification of families here. In one program in particular, The Spouse or Common Law Partner in Canada Class, the objective is keeping a family united when already here in Canada. If you think that you and your partner might qualify for a Spousal Sponsorship application for immigration to Canada, please feel free to contact the team of experts at Mansouri Firm to learn more.



Spousal Sponsorship is available under 2 distinct scenarios:

  • To legally married spouses and common-law partners currently residing with an eligible sponsor inside Canada,
  • To legally married spouses, common-law partners, and conjugal partners living outside of Canada.


*Please note that there are instances where it may make very good sense to apply outside of Canada even if the sponsor’s spouse or common law partner is currently living in Canada.



The different sponsorship and immigration application processes are unique and particular, and it is strongly recommended that an experienced immigration professional is consulted to help you determine your best pathway forward. Any error or missed deadline could result in processing delays, or worse, rejection of your application. Let Mansouri Firm help you present the strongest application possible!


*For more information on the broader Family Class stream, please see the additional information we have provided on the Family Class and Child and Parent Sponsorship under Services.





Applicant Requirements

The Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada program is available to spouses who have temporary resident status in Canada and of course, are not inadmissible. The idea here is to permit Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouses and common-law partners who are already residing with them in Canada. This assumes that the person applying is here in Canada under authorization such as a work or study permit. Holding temporary resident status is not a requirement of the application for a Spouse, Common-law Partner, or Conjugal Partner living outside of Canada, but all other eligibility requirements must be met.



There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of application. For instance, an “Inside-Canada” application might make the applying person eligible for an Open Work Permit, however there is no right of appeal should the application be rejected. The “Outside-Canada” application provides the right of appeal should the application be rejected, but there is no option for the open work permit. The experts at Mansouri Firm can discuss additional pros and cons with you in depth, and help you choose the right path forward.



Sponsorship Requirements Under This Stream

Canadian citizens, permanent residents living in Canada, and persons registered in Canada as Indian under Canadian Indian Act may qualify to sponsor a foreign national spouse. For an inside Canada Class permanent residency application, you must be legally married or in a common-law relationship, AND you must be living with your partner in Canada.


As with any sponsorship application under the Family Class, the sponsor must meet a number of qualifications:

  • You cannot be receiving social assistance, other than help with disability.
  • You must not be incarcerated.
  • You cannot be in default of any previous sponsorship undertaking.
  • You cannot yourself have been the subject of a sponsorship undertaking within the past five years.





What Will I Be Responsible for in Sponsorship?

A sponsorship undertaking is a promise to provide financial support for the person you are sponsoring. This includes dependent children where applicable. While the length of sponsorship undertaking will vary depending on the family member you are sponsoring, the sponsorship undertaking for a Spouse, Common Law Partner, or Conjugal Partner will remain in effect for five years, even if your relationship changes. It is important to understand what you are promising to do! Mansouri Firm can make sure you understand exactly what you are signing up for.

There is much more involved in this application process, and this is where our team of experts can help ensure that your application is complete, and STRONG! We can help you clearly express your “love story”. We will also ensure that you understand which documentation you may need to gather/present as proof of your relationship, such as:


  • Statutory declarations from family and friends.
  • Shared utility bills.
  • Photographs of you as a couple.
  • Social media communication (Facebook posts, WhatsApp messages, etc.)
  • Mortgage or rent receipts
  • Joint bank accounts.
  • Cellphone call logs.





Why Work with Us?

The experts at Mansouri Canadian Immigration Services (or Mansouri Firm) are here for you. We are dedicated and attentive. Our aim is to help you understand your options, and to guide you along the complex application process ahead.  Every case is unique, so we make sure that we understand your personal situation. We have experience with a great number of immigration programs for Canada, and we will do our best to find the right pathway for you.

The details of your application are critical. The timelines involved in this process are also very important. The assistance of the experienced immigration professionals at Mansouri Canadian Immigration Services (or Mansouri Firm) will give you the peace of mind on two fronts: First, we will ensure that you understand the best immigration program options available to you. Second, you can feel certain that your application has been completed accurately, and meets every deadline. The consequences of even minor errors and/or inattention to detail can lead to results ranging from delays to having your application rejected permanently, so let Mansouri Immigration Services (or Mansouri Firm) assist you toward achieving your specific immigration goals.