Can 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.

Follow these steps to open and save an IRCC form in PDF format, using Adobe Acrobat Reader for both PC and Mac users. You can't open the forms on your phone or tablet.

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.

If this happens, you may be able to successfully appeal the refusal to the Immigration Appeal Division of the .

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