Sponsor your spouse, partner or child: after you apply

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How we process your application

We’ll review your sponsorship application and return it to you if:

  • it’s incomplete
  • fees are missing

If we begin to process your application, we’ll:

  • send you an:
    • application number
    • acknowledgment of receipt
  • assess your eligibility as a sponsor
  • assess if the person you’re sponsoring is eligible for permanent residence

If we refuse you as a sponsor

If we refuse you as a sponsor, you can choose to have us continue processing the application for permanent residence for your family members.

  • If you choose to withdraw your application, you won’t get the $75 CAN sponsorship fee back. You’ll get all other fees back.
  • If you want us to continue processing, you won’t get any fees back.

If you’re approved as a sponsor

We’ll assess the eligibility of the person(s) you want to sponsor.

Your family members can link their application to their online account

When we start processing their application, we’ll send your family members a letter with their application number.

After they get this letter, they can link their application to their online account. This way, they can communicate with us quickly and securely and get updates and messages about their application online.

Find out how to create an online account and link an application.

You (the sponsor) can link their application for them if you’re handling your family members’ application and you’re designated as their representative.

See the top questions about linking an application.

The persons you’re sponsoring must send us the additional documents we need.

During processing, we’ll ask the persons you’re sponsoring to submit their:

  • biometrics
    • When the biometrics fee is paid, we’ll send your family members a letter asking them to give their biometrics.
    • Your family members must show this letter when they give their biometrics.
    • They have 30 days to give their biometrics in person at their closest collection point.
  • medical exams

We’ll send instructions and let your family members know how much time they have to send us this information.

You must tell us of any change in circumstances, such as:

  • birth or adoption of children
  • marriage or divorce or separation
  • death of an applicant or dependant
If you live in Quebec

You must do the following steps before we assess the eligibility of your family members:

If the Government of Quebec approves your undertaking application, they’ll send us the information we need to process your family members’ permanent resident application.

If we approve your family members’ permanent residence application

To finish processing their application, your spouse, partner and child, and their dependants who are immigrating to Canada with them (if applicable), will have to send us:

  • their passports, or photocopies of their passports (we’ll let you know which one they should send)
  • 2 photos
  • proof of payment for the right of permanent residence fee, if you haven’t sent it to us already.

We’ll let them know where to send this information.

Documents your family members will get

If your family members are outside Canada

We’ll send them these documents once we finish processing their application:

  • a document confirming they have been approved to become Canadian permanent residents
    • We call this document the Confirmation of Permanent Residence.
  • a permanent resident visa, if required
    • If the persons you’re sponsoring are from countries whose citizens need a visa to travel to Canada, we’ll give them a permanent resident visa in their passport. We’ll do this even if they’re already in Canada.

Once your family members receive these documents, they can travel to Canada. Make sure to check the expiry dates on the permanent resident visa and Confirmation of Permanent Residence. Your family members must meet an officer at a Canadian port of entry before their documents expire. The officer will make the final decision to allow your family members to enter Canada as permanent residents.

Find out more about how your family members can prepare for arrival.

If your family members are inside Canada

They have to meet an immigration officer to receive their Confirmation of Permanent Residence.

We’ll send them a letter to schedule their appointment and we’ll let them know what documents to bring. The officer will make the final decision to allow your family members to stay in Canada as permanent residents.

If we refuse your family members’ permanent residence application

If we refuse their permanent residence application, we’ll let you know:

  • Why we refused it.
  • How to appeal the decision, if you’re sponsoring a spouse, partner or child from outside Canada.
    • You can’t appeal our decision if you’re sponsoring a spouse or partner who’s inside Canada.

Track and update your application

During processing, track your application and make sure it’s up to date by:

Check the status of your application

For sponsors

Sponsors can check the status of their application online.

As the sponsor, if you want to check on the application status for your spouse, partner or child, you must first request to get access to their information.

For the persons being sponsored

The persons you’re sponsoring can check their application in 2 ways:

In their online account

Follow these steps:

  1. Get the application number. They’ll receive this by mail when we’ve started processing their application.
  2. Create an online account.
  3. Link their application to the account.

Online tool

They can also use the Client Application Status online tool, which is updated daily.

If your processing time has passed

If your application is complex, it may take us longer than normal processing times to process it.

If the normal processing time for your application has passed, you can contact us using our Web form.

Keep your information up to date

To avoid delays in processing, make sure your contact information and your application details are up to date.

Tell us about changes in your application, such as:

  • marriage or divorce or separation
  • birth or adoption of a child
  • death of an applicant or dependant
  • contact information updates, including
    • email
    • phone number
    • mailing address

Don’t mail us changes for your contact or application information. If you do, we won’t acknowledge your request and we won’t update your application. This could lead to a delay in processing your application.

If you change your contact information, make sure you check your old contact information until we update your application.

You will be able to have your sex marked as X (unspecified) on your documents. Until then, once you are in Canada, you can apply for a supporting document that says your sex should be X. Find out more.

Add or change a representative or get access to your family member’s information

Even as the sponsor, you don’t automatically get access to your family members’ information. You have to request it.

If you want to handle your spouse’s, partner’s or child’s application for them

You’ll be acting as a representative if you want to:

  • fill out and submit your family member’s application for them
  • communicate with us on their behalf

To become a representative for your spouse, partner or child, complete, sign and save the form to appoint or change a representative. The person(s) you’re sponsoring must also sign the form.

Include it with your application. If you’ve already submitted your application, send it to us.

In your request, include your:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • country of birth
  • application number (if you know it)
  • relative’s Client ID Number (UCI) (if you know it)

You can upload the form after you’ve completed all the required fields.

If you want to check on your spouse’s, partner’s or child’s application status

As the sponsor, you may want to access your family members’ information without being in charge of their application. For example, you may want to check their application status on their behalf, but not act as their representative.

To protect their privacy, they need to give us their written consent before we’ll share any of their personal information with you or give anyone access to their application information.

Find out how the persons you’re sponsoring can give you access to their information.

Withdraw your sponsorship application

You can withdraw your sponsorship application at any time before the person you’re sponsoring becomes a permanent resident of Canada.

You may be able to get a refund if we haven’t started processing your application.

Use our Web form to request the withdrawal of your sponsorship application.

In your request, include your:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • country of birth
  • application number (if you know it)
  • relative’s Client ID Number (UCI) (if you know it)

Submit your right of permanent residence fee or request a refund

The right of permanent residence fee must be paid before the persons you’re sponsoring can become permanent residents. If it wasn’t paid, we’ll contact the persons you’re sponsoring to explain how they can pay the right of permanent residence fee online.

You can request a refund for the right of permanent residence fee if:

  • you’re withdrawing your sponsorship
  • your family member was refused
    • We can only issue refunds once you decline your right of appeal.

To send us the proof of payment or to request a refund

Use our Web form. In your request, include the:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • country of birth
  • application number (if you know it)
  • relative’s Client ID Number (UCI) (if you know it)
  • copy of the official receipt
  • copy of signed right of appeal (if you have one)

For proof of payment, you can upload the official receipt after you’ve completed all the required fields. For refunds, use the “Your enquiry” box to let us know that you’re requesting a refund.

Don’t send the same request more than once. It’ll delay the processing of your application.

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