Sponsoring Spouse/Partner/Dependent Child

Who can be a Sponsor?

To become a sponsor, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, registered in Canada or must be a permanent citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be living in Canada
  • Submit documents showing your financial resources for the past 12 months (only required, if the spouse or partner you are sponsoring has a grandchild who is accompanying them.)
  • able to prove that you have enough income to provide basic needs for your spouse or partner’s dependent children.

Whom can you sponsor?

To be sponsored, your close relative must belong to the family class and satisfy specific requirements. You can sponsor:

  • your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner.
  • your dependent child, provided you meet the specific requirements
  • your father, mother, grandfather or grandmother, provided you meet the specific requirements
  • your orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece, grandson or granddaughter, who is under the age of 18, and not married or in a common-law relationship, provided you meet the specific requirements
  • a child you plan to adopt (international adoption) – process for adopting a child residing abroad.

Conditions to Sponsor

Quebec Spouse Sponsorship

A married person of at least 16 years of age who:

  • was not, the spouse of another person at the time of marriage,
  • is not the de facto spouse of another person while living apart from his or her spouse for at least one year.

Quebec De facto Spouse Sponsorship

A person at least 16 years of age of the same or the opposite sex who has:

  • been living maritally for at least one year with the sponsor or the principal sponsored person;
  • does not live with him/her because of persecution or penal control and has been in a marital relationship for at least a year with the sponsor.

Quebec Dependent Child Sponsorship

The biological offspring of either parent, who has not been adopted by any person other than the spouse or de facto spouse of one of his/her parents; or the adopted child of one or the other parent.

The following conditions apply to this child:

  • he/she is neither married (he/she is single, widowed, or divorced) nor a de facto spouse and is under 19 years of age, or
  • he/she is 19 years of age or over and is still substantially dependent on the financial support of one or the other parent,
  • has been unable to support himself/herself owing to a physical or mental disability since his/her 19th

Other Essential information

  • You can sponsor a close relative if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Québec, you are at least 18 years of age and you satisfy the prerequisites. The sponsorship targets this close relative and it accompanies family members, if applicable.
  • If you are a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you must prove that you intend to live in Canada when your sponsored relative becomes a permanent resident. It is impossible to sponsor someone if you are a permanent resident living outside Canada.
  • The Quebec sponsorship processing time for principal applicant is $779CAD, for Spouse or de facto spouse it is $ 167CAD and you might have to pay $167CAD for each dependent child.