4. Learn when a spouse or common-law partner can be sponsored
Question & AnswerCan I sponsor my spouse or partner who’s living with me in Canada?
Usually, people have to apply for status from outside Canada. This includes people who are being sponsored by a .
But sometimes a or who's being sponsored can apply and get permanent resident status in Canada. They do this as a member of what's called the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class.
A spouse or common-law partner may be sponsored if they have a valid status as a :
- when they apply, and
- when they get their permanent resident status.
For example, the person may be in Canada as a visitor, student, or worker. They can apply for a work permit at the same time.
Draft a work permit application
Use this tool to fill out the draft forms you need to apply for an open work permit from within Canada.
People without status
A spouse or common-law partner who does not have a temporary resident status may also be eligible if they:
- had a valid status that's expired, for example, as a visitor, student, or worker
- worked or studied in Canada when they could not legally do this
- came into Canada without a visa or other document that's required by Canada's immigration law, for example, as a refugee claimant
They may also be eligible if they came into Canada without a valid passport or travel document if:
- they did not use a fake document or one that they got illegally, and
- they have a valid passport or travel document when Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is ready to give them permanent resident status
But they'll not be eligible to get permanent resident status in Canada if:
- Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is taking steps to force them to leave Canada, or
- a has been made against them