Spousal sponsorship: track and update your application

Check the status of your application

Find out when we get your family class sponsorship package.

Subscribe to our text message service.

As of September 30, 2017 this service will no longer be available. If you enroll on or before this date, you will still receive a text message.

Check the status of your sponsorship application online. If you have an authorized paid representative, they need to use their online account to check the status of your application.

Your spouse or partner can check the status of their application through their online account after they link their application.

Change your address or contact information

Use our web form to update your contact information.

To avoid missing important messages and experiencing delays in processing, let us know if your mailing address or contact information changes. This includes updating your:

  • mailing address
  • email address
  • phone number

Don’t mail our office your contact or application information changes. 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.

Check your old contact information until we update your file. We may have tried to contact you using your old information.

Change your application information

Tell us about any changes in your application, such as a:

  • birth or adoption of a child
  • marriage or divorce
  • death of an applicant or dependant

Withdraw your sponsorship application

You can withdraw your sponsorship application at any time before your spouse, partner or child becomes a permanent resident of Canada.

To do so, send us your request and include:

  • your name
  • your date of birth
  • your complete address
  • the date the application was sent
  • your client ID number, which is your unique client identifier (UCI) (if you know it)
  • the type of application (for example, sponsorship of my spouse)
  • the reason for the withdrawal
  • a copy of the electronic payment receipt

If your sponsored relative becomes a permanent resident before we get your request, you can’t withdraw the application. You’ll have to respect your sponsorship obligations.


If you withdraw your application:

  • before we start processing it, we’ll give you a total refund
  • after we start processing it but before we decide on your sponsorship eligibility, we’ll refund:
  • the right of permanent residence fee (RPRF)
  • all processing fees (except the sponsorship fee)
  • after we start processing it and after we decide on your sponsorship eligibility, we’ll only refund the RPRF

Remove yourself as a co-signer

If you no longer wish to be a co-signer on a sponsorship application, send us:

Add or change your representative

If you need to add or change your representative, send us a completed and signed Use of a Representative form [IMM 5476]. 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 complete all required fields.

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If you need help, you can find answers to your questions in the Help Centre.


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