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

You may not be able to sponsor your or partner if:

Usually, you cannot sponsor a you did not mention in your application. IRCC created a policy that says they may not enforce this rule if:

  • you came to Canada as a resettled refugee,
  • you got status in Canada, or
  • you were sponsored as a spouse, a common-law or , or a .

IRCC has extended this policy until September 2026.

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 to you if you were sponsored as a dependent child, but:

  • had a spouse or 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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