Can I sponsor my spouse or partner who’s living outside Canada?
Question & AnswerCan I sponsor my spouse or partner who’s living outside Canada?
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:
- you were married or in a common-law or conjugal relationship when you became a , and
- you did not tell Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) before you became a permanent resident.
Usually, you cannot sponsor a you did not mention in your application. IRCC is trying out 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 .
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.
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