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Spousal Sponsorship Processing Time – By Countries

Check for the spousal sponsorship processing time for your country!

When love is in the air, surely you wouldn’t want distance to be a barrier!. Staying away from your spouse while you are in Canada can be distressing and lonely, that is why Canada has provided the spousal sponsorship program.

The spousal sponsorship processing time for each country differs, so we would like to take you through the different processing times for each country around the world.

Before diving into the spousal sponsorship processing time, let’s talk about what spousal sponsorship is.

Spousal sponsorship

The Canadian sponsorship program is a program by the Canadian government that allows permanent resident or Canadian citizens to sponsor their partner (who lives in another country) to Canada and live with them permanently.

Applications for sponsorship in Canada are considered a high priority because it is fairly understandable that families aren’t meant to live apart. So, with this program, your common-law partner, spouse, or conjugal partner can live with you.

Types of spousal sponsorship Programs in Canada

There are different types of spousal sponsorship programs you can choose from, depending on the conditions at hand

#1. Family Class (Outland) Sponsorship Class

You should apply for this stream if you fall under this category

  • Your common-law partner or spouse lives outside of Canada
  • You do not plan to stay in Canada for the duration of your application process even though you are currently living in Canada with your spouse

Note that living with your spouse may be difficult until your application has been approved. However, you can get a temporary visa for your spouse to come to Canada while the family class Outland sponsorship application is under processing.

#2. In Canada Sponsorship Class

You should apply for the In Canada Sponsorship Class (Inland) stream if you fall under this category

  • You live with your sponsor in Canada
  • Your immigration status in Canada is valid
  • As you process your application you would like to apply for an open work permit for you to subsequently work in Canada.

Also, your common-law partner or spouse may be able to submit under this stream even if they are out of date of Canada while they are being protected under the public policy. The public policy allows them to stay in Canada and see that are fully processing the application.

However, the downside of this stream is that you wouldn’t be able to travel out of Canada as your application is processed.

Documents needed to submit a sponsor sponsorship proposal

Without a doubt, if you want to apply for spousal sponsorship, you are expected to come along with the following documents

  • Completed application forms;
  • Proof of status in Canada;
  • Identity documents;
  • Marriage certificate;
  • Police Certificate and Clearances from all countries your spouse has lived in for six months or longer past the age of 18;
  • Medical certificate for your spouse;
  • Proof of payment for applicable government fees;
  • Digital photo;
  • Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation questionnaire;
  • Marriage certificate (see common-law if you are not married);
  • Wedding invitations and photos;
  • Birth certificates or adoption records for any children you and your spouse have together;
  • Proof of registration of marriage with a government authority

Also, you need to provide the following documents to demonstrate your relationship

  • Proof that you and your spouse own property together
  • Shared bank accounts,
  • Utility bills with both of your names,
  • Copies of government-issued IDs,
  • Car insurance,
  • Pay stubs or tax forms that show that you live at the same address

Requirements to sponsor your partner

If you are a permanent resident or Canadian citizen you may be eligible to sponsor your spouse or common-law partner if you meet the following conditions

  • You are 18 years and above
  • You are a Canadian resident or plan to return to Canada when your partner becomes a resident of Canada
  • For three years you can sponsor and meet the basic financial need of your partner or spouse

Spousal Sponsorship processing time – By Countries

Basically, the application for spousal sponsorship takes about 1 year (i.e 12 months) for completion. You will have to submit your completed application to IRCC (immigration refugees and citizenship Canada) at the processing center in Mississauga Ontario.

The case processing center will review the qualification of the sponsor, and if the sponsor is qualified the sponsorship application will be referred to the visa office for appropriate processing. The decision by the office in Mississauga usually takes about 3 months.

Once the application gets to the foreign visa office, the time for the processing might vary depending on the number of staff, workload, and priorities of the individual visa office.

Therefore, the average spousal processing time takes about one year to two years. The most vivid way to ensure that your spousal sponsorship processing time is not delayed is to ensure that you make things right in the first instance.

If the visa office requires additional proof of your relationship, or you have a complicated case the processing time can take a little longer than expected.

So, under normal circumstances, we have the list of the spousal sponsorship processing time for people in Asia & Pacific, Europe, and American countries, and Africa & Middle East.

Note that if you are already living inside Canada with your spouse the sponsorship time can take about 16 months and you will spend another 10 months for background checks, medical checks, security checks, and some other verifications.

Check below for the spousal sponsorship processing time peculiar to your country.

#1. Africa and the Middle East

  • United Arab Emirates: The assessment of the applicant is 15 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Ghana: The assessment of the applicant is 16 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Jordan: The assessment of the applicant is 24 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Turkey: The assessment of the applicant is 10 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Lebanon: The assessment of the applicant is 14 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Egypt: The assessment of the applicant is 11 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Senegal: The assessment of the applicant is 14 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Kenya: The assessment of the applicant is 18 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • South Africa: The assessment of the applicant is 15 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Morocco: The assessment of the applicant is 9 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Israel: The assessment of the applicant is 10 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Nigeria: The assessment of the applicant is 15 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days

#2. Asia and Pacific

  • China: The assessment of the applicant is 13 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Sri Lanka: The assessment of the applicant is 15 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Pakistan: The assessment of the applicant is 24 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Philippine: The assessment of the applicant is 12 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • India: The assessment of the applicant is 18 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • South Korea: The assessment of the applicant is 12 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Singapore: The assessment of the applicant is 11 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Australia: The assessment of the applicant is 10 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days

#3. Europe

  • Romania: The assessment of the applicant is 14 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Ukraine: The assessment of the applicant is 12 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • United Kingdom: The assessment of the applicant is 14 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Russia: The assessment of the applicant is 11 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • France: The assessment of the applicant is 9 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Italy: The assessment of the applicant is 11 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Austria: The assessment of the applicant is 15 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Poland: The assessment of the applicant is 10 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days

#4. Americas

  • Colombia: The assessment of the applicant is 14 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Argentina: The assessment of the applicant is 15 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Guatemala: The assessment of the applicant is 15 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Cuba: The assessment of the applicant is 15 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Jamaica: The assessment of the applicant is 15 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Peru: The assessment of the applicant is 14 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • United States: The assessment of the applicant is 14 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Mexico: The assessment of the applicant is 16 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Canada (Case processing center): The assessment of the applicant is 12 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Haiti: The assessment of the applicant is 20 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Trinidad and Tobago: The assessment of the applicant is 9 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Chile: The assessment of the applicant is 15 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Dominican Republic: The assessment of the applicant is 17 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days
  • Brazil: The assessment of the applicant is 10 months, while the assessment of the sponsor is 22 days

Costs of sponsoring your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner to Canada

The cost of sponsoring a conjugal partner, spouse, or common-law partner in Canada is listed below. Note that if your spouse’s common-law partner or spouse has dependent children, you will have to pay an additional fee of $150 for each child. Here is a breakdown of the fees to be paid

  • Sponsorship fee $75
  • Principal applicant processing fee $475
  • Right of permanent residence fee $500
  • Biometrics: $85
  • Total: $1135

Importantly, if you reside in Quebec or you are planning to leave in Quebec after your permanent residence is issued, you will have to pay an additional fee of $289 CAD which is including the fees mentioned above.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is IRCC still processing applications?

We’re still accepting most permanent residence applications.

How long does it take for IRCC to review eligibility?

Most applications are processed within 6 months or less.

What is the next step after spousal approval?

The file will be transferred to the visa office overseas for further processing.

Conclusion

Based on the difference in spousal sponsorship processing time, the period of getting a permanent residence for your spouse might be delayed.