Canada Spouse Visa 2024:
All You Need To Know

Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada interested in sponsoring your family members to join you in Canada? If you’re looking for assistance in helping your loved ones obtain a Canada spouse visa or partner visa in 2024, Pahl & Associates can provide the guidance you need. With our 20 years of experience in submitting Canadian Family Class applications, we can help you navigate the immigration process smoothly.

If you need assistance regarding Canadian Family Visas and the application process, feel free to contact Pahl & Associates. We are here to help. We are located in the UK and regulated by CICC. Feel free to give us a call at 0345 055 9861, or conveniently reach out to us online today.

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What are Canadian Family Visas?

The Canada Family Class Programme in Canada is a vital part of Canada’s immigration system, allowing Canadian citizens and permanent residents to support their spouses, common-law partners, or conjugal partners in obtaining permanent residency in Canada. The programme is designed to make it easier for Canadian citizens or permanent residents to bring their loved ones to live with them in Canada.

Having a Canada spouse visa or partner visa grants individuals the opportunity to reside and pursue employment in Canada alongside their loved ones.

It is essential to grasp the differences between spouse, common-law, and conjugal partner relationships.

Spouse: The sponsored individual is in a legal marriage with the sponsor.

Common-law Partner: The sponsored individual and the sponsor have been residing together in a committed relationship for a minimum of one year without interruption.

Conjugal Partner: The sponsored person and the sponsor have been in a sincere and ongoing relationship for at least one year, but have faced challenging circumstances preventing them from living together or getting married.

Each of these options has specific eligibility criteria and documentation requirements for immigration purposes.

Pahl & Associates can assist you with sponsoring your spouse / partner or children, as well as being sponsored.

Sponsor your Spouse, Common-law partners, and Conjugal partners

Spouse or common law-partner sponsorship

This is one of the most popular Canadian family visa categories.

To be eligible to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner, you must:

         ➤ Be a Canadian or permanent resident.

         ➤ Be 18 years of age or older.

         ➤ Have enough money to support your spouse or common-law partner and any dependent children (if applicable) once they arrive in Canada.

         ➤ Not be inadmissible to Canada, meaning you don’t have a criminal record or any other reason that would make you ineligible to sponsor your spouse or common-law partner.

To successfully sponsor your spouse or common-law partner, you’ll need to provide evidence of your relationship, such as a marriage certificate, if you’re sponsoring a spouse. Proof that you’ve been living together for at least one year if you’re sponsoring a common-law partner.

Types of spousal or common-law sponsorship applications

There are two types of spousal or common-law sponsorship applications which leads to grant of a Canada spouse visa or partner visa:

Inland sponsorship – Allows Canadians or permanent residents to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner who is already living in Canada.

Outland sponsorship – Allows Canadians or permanent residents to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner who is living outside of Canada.

The application process for each type of spousal or common-law sponsorship is different, so it’s important to ensure that you’re applying for the correct Canadian family visa.

Pahl & Associates can assist you with sponsoring your spouse / partner or children, as well as being sponsored.

Understanding the Process: Spousal Visa in Canada

How long does it take to sponsor your spouse or partner to Canada?

Sponsorship applications take approximately 12 months to process from start to finish. They are typically not processed much faster than 12 months, but they can take longer, depending on the nature of your case.

If you have a complex situation or if the visa office needs more evidence regarding your relationship, it may result in a delay in processing your case, leading to a longer wait time for your Canada spouse visa or partner visa.

To ensure the swift processing of your sponsorship application, it is vital to ensure its accuracy right from the beginning. Pahl & Associates have a proven track record of helping hundreds of individuals with their spousal sponsorship applications over the past two decades. We encourage you to check out our Google Reviews to gain confidence in our services.



For the current published processing time for applicants applying outside Canada and based in the UK:.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Canada Government Published Processing Times – 12 months

Pahl Associates Average Processing Times 2023-2024 : 6 – 9 months

Reasons a sponsorship application is refused

To be eligible for spousal sponsorship of any kind, it is necessary to provide evidence of the authenticity of your relationship. Immigration officers carefully consider various factors based on the nature of your relationship.

Visa officers will carefully evaluate various factors to assess the authenticity of your relationship. Some of the factors they will take into account are more conventional, such as photographs of your wedding that depict family members present. Others can have a more distinct focus on the cultural practices of the region.

If your relationship is unconventional, it is advisable to provide additional evidence to demonstrate the authenticity of your relationship. Providing letters of explanation can assist a visa officer in comprehending the unique aspects of your relationship that may not align with the typical expectations of a marriage in your cultural context. Please note that online marriage ceremonies are not recognised for Canadian immigration purposes.

Spousal Sponsorship in Quebec

When seeking sponsorship to reside in the province of Quebec, prospective applicants must be aware of the additional documents and fees necessary for the comprehensive review of their applications. Quebec imposes specific requirements beyond the standard sponsorship process, necessitating a thorough understanding of the supplementary documentation and associated fees. 

How much does It cost to sponsor your spouse, conjugal partner, or common-law partner to Canada?

On April 30, 2024, the costs for all permanent residency applications increased. If you paid your costs before April 30, but have not yet completed your entire application, you will be required to pay the difference.

A detailed infographic titled "IMMIGRATION FEES: Canada Family Class" listing various fees for the Canada spouse visa 2024, including Sponsorship, Right of Permanent Residence, Principal Applicant Processing, Dependent Child, and Biometrics fees.

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Additional FAQs

Immigration interviews for spousal sponsorship cases are not very common and are considered to be the exception rather than the norm. Spousal sponsorship immigration interviews typically take place when there are insufficient documents to support the relationship, conflicting information between the forms and the documents, significant age or religious differences, a short period of time between meeting your spouse and getting married, or minimal cohabitation.

Using the services of a qualified professional can greatly enhance your application and address any concerns the visa officer may have regarding the validity of your relationship. It’s important to present your case in the best possible light, and an immigration attorney can help you achieve that.

As long as your spouse’s medical condition is not a danger to the public health or safety, they will likely not face any issues with their sponsorship application.

There are three kinds of medical inadmissibility: excessive demand on health or social services, danger to public health, and danger to public safety. Medical inadmissibility for excessive demand does not apply to sponsored spouses or common-law partners.

A Sponsorship Undertaking is a legally binding agreement between you and the Canadian government. It outlines your responsibilities as a sponsor and the obligations you agree to meet.

You must sign a Sponsorship Agreement and an Undertaking with IRCC promising to support your sponsored person(s) for the entire sponsorship period.

The sponsorship period starts when your loved one becomes a permanent resident and ends either after they become a Canadian citizen or if they no longer meet the conditions of their permanent resident status.

The sponsorship undertaking is a contract between you and IRCC. It outlines your responsibilities as a sponsor, including:

To provide for the basic needs of your sponsored person(s), such as food, clothing, shelter, and health care.
To make sure your sponsored person(s) does not need to ask for financial help from Canadian government programs during the sponsorship period.
To reimburse any Canadian social assistance program that gives financial help to your sponsored person(s) during the sponsorship period.

What are my ongoing obligations if I sponsor my spouse, conjugal partner, or common-law partner under spousal sponsorship?
When sponsoring a spouse, conjugal partner, or common-law partner, you are responsible for fulfilling the basic needs of your partner, including their everyday and health needs for three years.

You must make sure that your sponsored spouse, conjugal partner, or common-law partner does not require social assistance from the government before signing the undertaking agreement. If your spouse, conjugal partner, or common-law partner does require financial help from the government, you must pay back he full amount they received while you were legally responsible for them. If you do not pay back the full amount, you will not be permitted to sponsor another eligible family member until you do.

Your financial obligation will stay in effect even if:

your sponsored spouse, conjugal partner, or common-law partner becomes a Canadian citizen
your relationship ends
your spouse, conjugal partner, or common-law partner moves to another country or province
you experience financial problems

Your spouse, conjugal partner, or common-law partner may include any accompanying dependent children on their application for permanent residence.

No job is required to sponsor your spouse, conjugal partner, or common-law partner to come to Canada. Unlike some other sponsorship programmes, there is no minimum income requirement for spousal sponsorship. However, since you are obligated to sign an undertaking agreement, which entails fulfilling your partner’s basic financial needs, the immigration officer will evaluate whether you possess adequate funds to sponsor. It is important to provide evidence of how you will financially support your spouse, conjugal partner, or common-law partner in Canada.

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