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?
3. Learn the rules about income guidelines
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has guidelines that say what minimum necessary income a sponsor must have.
The guidelines don't usually apply if you’re sponsoring only a spouse, common-law partner, or dependent child.
But they will apply if your or partner has a who has a dependent child of their own.
When the guidelines apply, the sponsorship package includes a Financial Evaluation form that people complete and include with their application.
The minimum necessary income someone needs as a sponsor depends on:
- the number of people in Canada who they already have a responsibility to support financially, plus
- the number of people they want to sponsor.
Relying on social assistance
Sometimes IRCC will refuse a spouse or partner's application for permanent residence if they think that the sponsored person may need to rely on social assistance in Canada.