2. Learn what can happen if you didn’t mention your spouse or partner
Question & AnswerCan I sponsor my spouse or partner who’s living with me in Canada?
You may not be able to sponsor your or if:
- you were married or in a common-law or conjugal relationship to one another when you became a , and
- you did not tell Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) before you became a permanent resident.
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:
- you're a
- you were resettled from outside Canada as a refugee
- you were a sponsored spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, or dependent child
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