Spousal sponsorship: track and update your application

The application assessment process

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

  • it’s incomplete
  • the sponsorship and processing fees are missing

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

  • send you an acknowledgment of receipt letter with an application number,
  • assess your eligibility as a sponsor, and
  • assess if the person you are sponsoring meets the permanent residence requirements.

If we refuse you as a sponsor

Your relative can still apply for permanent residence. Their application may not be approved.

If we approve you as a sponsor

We’ll assess if the person you want to sponsor meets the requirements to become a permanent resident. If their permanent residence application is refused, we’ll let you know why the application was refused and how to appeal the decision.

Your relative can link their application to their online account

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

After they get this letter, the principal applicant 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 member’s application and you’re designated as their representative.

See the top questions about linking your application.

Check the status of your application

For sponsors

Sponsors can check the status of their application by using our online tool.

As the sponsor, if you want to check on your family member’s application status, 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. They can:

If your processing time has passed

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

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)
  • 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, you can withdraw at any time before the sponsored family member 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 and
  • a letter explaining your intention to remove yourself as a co-signer

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

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

If you want to handle your family member’s application for them

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

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

To become your family member’s representative, complete, sign and save the form to appoint or change a representative (IMM 5476). The persons you’re sponsoring must also sign the form.

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

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 family member’s application status

As the sponsor, you may want to have access to your relative’s 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.

Need help?

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


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