Most Sponsored Spouses from these 10 Countries

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Most of the Canadian spouses were sponsored from these 10 countries in 2021

Last year, most spouses sponsored for Canadian immigration came from India. 

More than 64,000 spouses, common-law partners, and conjugal partners were sponsored for Canadian immigration in 2021.

Of these, most came from India. Last year, Canadians sponsored about 10,715 loved ones from India, according to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The second most popular source country was the US, where nearly 4,810 spouses and partners immigrated from.

Here are the top 10 source countries of new immigrants through the Spousal and Common-law Sponsorship program for 2021.

Source countries of Spouses and Partners in 2021

Country                                                                                           # of sponsored immigrants

France 1,125
India 10,715
US                4,810
Philippines 4,805
China            4,265
Pakistan   2,740
Vietnam 1,945
UK 1,905
Mexico 1,575
Jamaica 1,345


Sponsoring spouses for Canadian immigration 

Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their spouses, common-law partners, and conjugal partners for Canadian immigration.

Canadian citizens can apply to sponsor their spouse from outside Canada but must demonstrate intent to return once IRCC makes a decision on their file.

Common-law partners need to demonstrate that they have lived together for at least 12 months.

After confirming that they meet all eligibility criteria, couples can then apply for spousal sponsorship from the Canadian government.

Spouses need to be married to their sponsor in an in-person ceremony. Virtual marriages are not recognized for the purposes of immigration

Common-law partners need to demonstrate that they have lived together for at least 12 months.

Conjugal partners are living outside Canada and have been in a relationship for at least one year.

Foreign spouses and partners must also be at least 18 years old.

Both sponsors and their partners must meet some basic eligibility criteria.

The immigration officer handling the file will also want to see that the applicants are in a genuine relationship.

IRCC has a 12-month processing standard on spousal sponsorship applications, although it may take longer. The sponsor needs to be at least 18 years old, and have Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or Indian status (under the Indian Act).

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