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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

The ten countries where Canada receives the most applications for spousal sponsorship


The ten countries where Canada receives the most applications for spousal sponsorship

In 2021, more than 64,000 spouses, common-law partners, and conjugal partners were able to immigrate to Canada.


The majority of these came from India. According to the figures from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Canadians sponsored around 10,715 family members from India last year. The US was the second most popular origin country, with about 4,810 spouses and partners immigrating there.


Philippines, China, Pakistan, Vietnam, UK, Mexico, Jamaica, and France completed the list of the top ten countries for spousal sponsorship applications.


You can become a sponsor if you are:

  • at least 18 years old

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

  • If you are a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you must show that you plan to live in Canada when your sponsored relative(s) become(s) a permanent resident

  • You can’t sponsor someone if you are a permanent resident living outside Canada

  • able to prove that you are not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability, and

  • able to provide for the basic needs of any person you are sponsoring (and in some limited situations, that you meet the low-income cut-off)


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