2. Learn what can happen if you didn’t mention your spouse or partner

You may not be able to sponsor your or if:

The law says you cannot sponsor them. But IRCC created a policy that says they'll not always enforce this law if you got your permanent resident status because:

IRCC has extended this policy until September 2023.

When this policy will not apply

If telling IRCC about your spouse or partner would have made you , the policy will not apply to you. For example, this could happen if your spouse or partner would have been inadmissible because of a criminal record.

This policy will also not apply if you were sponsored as a but:

  • had a spouse or common-law partner before you became a permanent resident, and
  • did not tell IRCC.

If the policy does not apply to you, you need to get legal advice about:

  • the risk that you could lose your own status in Canada
  • options for your spouse or partner to come to Canada
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