New developments Canada is making in the spousal and common-law partner sponsorship programs submission system 

The IRCC is shifting its application process for most permanent immigration programs, including both inland and outland spousal and common-law partner sponsorship to 100% online.

In its attempts to improve services provided to clients, the IRCC Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has decided to completely digitalize the application process for Canada’s inland and outland spousal and common-law partner sponsorship programs.

Previously the IRCC had allowed the submission of online applications for permanent immigration programs like spousal sponsorship along with giving applicants multiple methods to apply for these programs up until 23rd September 2022. However, now Canada is changing this system to accept online applications for inland and outland spousal and common-law partner sponsorship as well.

This change is being implemented for client comfort as according to the IRCC the online application system gives applicants more flexibility in their application process and also allows them to confirm whether they have successfully submitted their application. This process will be facilitated through the Permanent Residence Portal which is not only active but has also allowed some immigration hopefuls to submit online applications for other programs since March 31, 2021.

Requirements to be eligible for spousal and common-law partner sponsorship programs


The following requirements must be fulfilled for a person to be eligible as a sponsor under either the outland or inland spousal and common-law partner sponsorship program:

  • Be 18 years of age or older

  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident living in Canada, or a person registered under the Canadian Indian Act

  • Live in Canada or be planning to return to the country

  • Not be receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability

  • Be able to provide for your basic needs, those of your spouse or partner and, if applicable, those of dependent children

  • Be able to support your spouse/partner financially

  • Ensure that your spouse/partner will not require social assistance from the government

Moreover, the person coming to Canada through the sponsor also must be at least 18 years old along with passing all required background, medical and security checks.


How to apply for spousal and common-law partner sponsorship programs

First of all, you need to make sure that both the sponsor and the dependent applicant meet the eligibility requirement before applying for spousal or common-law partner sponsorship.

Furthermore do not forget that you are required to submit two applications at the same time in order to apply for the spousal and common-law partner sponsorship one of which is from the Canadian sponsor to in fact sponsor their spouse/partner as well as the dependent’s permanent residence application.

Afterward, you will be ready to start the application process which consists of four easy steps as explained below:

  1. Open the online Canadian government website to find the application package, which contains detailed instructions on how to properly complete the application.

2. Pay the online application fees, which include:

  • A processing fee for all persons included in the application

  • A “Right of Permanent Residence” fee

  • Biometrics fees

  • Other third-party fees, if applicable

3. Follow the submission instructions provided in the guide you downloaded to submit your application through Canada’s Permanent Residence Portal.

4. Submit the required supporting documents when prompted

New developments Canada is making in the spousal and common-law partner sponsorship programs submission system

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