Canada Spouse Visa: How does a Spouse or Common-partner increase your CRS Score?

Apart from discussing if you can get your spouse to become a Permanent Resident of Canada, we will also discuss if your family can get the same. 

To sponsor your dependants, you must be able to:

  • support them financially
  • make sure they don’t need social assistance from the government

How does applying with a spouse increase your CRS score points in 2020?

Applicants with spouses have a chance of earning extra points. You can gain at least 40 more points from your spouse’s qualification.

The below table specifies how having a spouse can improve your CRS points:


With Spouse/ common-law partner

Without Spouse/ common-law partner




Education level




languages proficiency (IELTS)



Canadian working experience



Spouse - Level of education



Spouse - Official language proficiency



Spouse Required IELTS Score (General)







You and your accompanying spouse/partner can receive a maximum of 10 points based on any combination of the elements listed below:

Adaptability factor


Your spouse/partner has achieved CLB 4 on all 4 components in an approved English or French language test



Your spouse/partner has completed a minimum of 2 years of full time study (more than 15 hours per week) at a Canadian secondary school or post-secondary education


Your spouse/partner has previously worked for at least 1 year in Canada on a valid work permit


You or your spouse/partner have one of the following family members, aged 18 or over,living in Canada as a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident:

  • parent 
  • grandparent 
  • child 
  • grandchild 
  • sibling 
  • aunt or uncle 
  • niece or nephew


Applicants with the highest CRS scores are invited to apply to become permanent residents of Canada. Knowing your CRS score will also help understand which of the different immigration programs you can apply for. If you attain the cut-off score, you can get a PR (Permanent Residency) visa for Canada.

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What are the different types of Canada's Spousal sponsorships?

Broadly, the spousal sponsorships can be classified into two types- Outland sponsorships and Inland Sponsorships.

  • Outland Sponsorship
  • Partner should be living outside Canada in another country.
  • Takes 8-10 months for the outland sponsorship application to be processed.
  • You will have to live without your spouse at this time or bring them in on a temporary visa. 
  • Inland Sponsorship
  • Partner should be living in Canada on a full-time visa or a visitor-visa.
  • Takes just about 2-3 weeks for the Inland Sponsorship Application to be processed.
  • You can live with your spouse during the application process

Now that you know the types of sponsorships available for your spouse in Canada, you'd be itching to know the exact procedure. But before that, you must understand the eligibility criteria for applying for a Spouse Visa in Canada.

What is the eligibility criteria for the spousal sponsorship program?

Here are the relationships that are eligible for spousal sponsorship program:

Your spouse

Your spouse can be either sex and must be:

  • legally married to you
  • at least 18 years old

Your common-law partner

Your common-law partner:

  • Isn’t legally married to you
  • Can be either sex
  • Is at least 18 years old
  • Has been living with you for at least 12 consecutive months, meaning you’ve been living together continuously for 1 year in a conjugal relationship, without any long periods apart
    • Any time spent away from each other should have been
      • short
      • temporary

If you or your common-law partner choose to end the relationship, we consider the relationship to be over.

Your conjugal partner

Your conjugal partner:

  • Isn’t legally married to you or in a common-law relationship with you
  • Can be either sex
  • Is at least 18 years old
  • Has been in a relationship with you for at least 1 year
  • Lives outside Canada
  • Can't live with you in their country of residence or marry you because of significant legal and immigration reasons such as:
    • Their marital status (for example, they’re still married to someone else in a country where divorce isn’t possible)
    • Their sexual orientation (for example, you are in a same-sex relationship, and same-sex relationships are not accepted, or same-sex marriage is illegal where they live),
    • Persecution (for example, your relationship is between different religious groups which is not accepted and they may be punished legally or socially)

You’ll need to give proof that you could not live together or get married in your conjugal partner’s country (for example, proof of refused long-term stays in each other’s country).

Dependent children

Children qualify as dependants if they meet both of these requirements:

  • they’re under 22 years old
  • they don’t have a spouse or common law partner

Children 22 years old or older qualify as dependants if they meet both of these requirements:

  • they are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition
  • they have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22

With the exception of age, your dependent child must continue to meet these requirements until we finish processing your application.

If they qualify as a dependent child, you can sponsor:

  • your own child
  • your spouse or partner and their child

What are the documents required to sponsor your spouse in Canada?

  • You'll be eligible to sponsor your spouse for a visa in Canada only if you are already a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident, be it native or foreign. But that's not the only prerequisite. 
  • You will take responsibility for your spouse or conjugal partner's finances and ensure a decent living. 

Here are the documents required to sponsor your spouse in Canada:


2 mandatory documents 

The immigration officers will see the Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation questionnaire to be filled by you and signed by your spouse.

Proof of a shared property, either residential or commercial, bought together. It might also be a joint business you run together.

You'll need to show the marriage certificate for traditional or same-sex marriage if you are already married. In case you're applying for sponsorship in a Common-law relationship, you need to deliver relevant documents to prove your relation as discussed earlier.

Details of joint bank account and relevant transactions.

Images of your wedding, invitation, video and any relevant evidence that you both have married either inside or outside Canada

Utility bills like credit card bills, electricity bills, shopping bills testifying that you are interdependent for these

If you have a dependent child, you would need to show a birth certificate, schooling record, or adoption certificate of all the children.

Copies of original government-issued IDs, driving licenses and so on.

Proof of marriage registration signed by relevant authorities at the place of marriage.

House, car, and life insurance involving both parties.


  • You might be asked to show tax records or other evidence proving that you live together.
  • Testimonials from neighbours and relatives can also go a long way in establishing your relationship in front of the authorities.

How to apply for a Spouse Visa?

  • Step 1: Log in to your IRCC account: Log in to your IRCC account through your sign in partner or your GCKey. You can look for the complete guide through the given link.
  • Step 2: Apply for the Visa: You'll find the option to 'Apply for Spouse Visa'. Click on it, and you'll be redirected to the application form.
  • Step 3: Upload your documents: Get ready with the documentation required including passport and upload it on the portal. Fill the form carefully as discrepancies might lead to rejection of the application.
  • Step 4: Pay the Fees: Pay the application fee and apply it. It will then be reviewed by relevant immigration authorities and will be communicated to you through email.

What is the cost of the Canada Spouse Visa?

The total cost of the Canada Spouse Visa is $ 1050. And if you take a dependent child along, there will be an additional charge of $ 150.

What is the processing time for a Canadian Spouse Visa?

The processing time for an Australian Spouse Visa application is 12 months.

What are the Spouse Visa Benefits?

Here are a few of the many benefits of the Australian Spouse Visa:

  • Your spouse can work in Canada
  • Your spouse can study in Canada
  • You can take a dependant child along
  • Marital benefits of the Canada Government
  • No need to take the IELTS

How can Kansas Help?

Our Australia Spouse Immigration experts have helped more than 98% of our clients to move and settle in Australia with their spouse.

So, If you’re planning to take your spouse along with you to Australia, we will help you in every step of the way.

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Other FAQs:

How can you sponsor your family to join you?

Here is a list of relatives you can sponsor to come to Canada and requirements for sponsorship:



Eligibility and Undertaking

How to Apply

Parents and Grandparents

If you want to apply for sponsorship to bring your parents or grandparents to Canada, you must make sure they won't need any social assistance from the government, and you should support them financially.

  • You must live in Canada and be a permanent registered or registered under the Canadian Indian Act.
  • You'll have to show proof of your income and that you can support them for 20 years. You'll also have to repay any assistance the government provides them.
  • Your grandparents or parents would need to apply for Permanent Residency. Apart from that, you would need to apply for their sponsorship at the same time separately. You can only submit the application package after you get an invitation from the authorities.


You should be eligible to apply for sponsorship as discussed earlier, and must be able to provide for their basic needs like shelter, clothing, and food without the government's assistance.

  • You must live in Canada at the time of application unless the relative is your spouse, conjugal partner, or dependent child.
  • You have to provide them assistance as required until 20 years.
  • You'd have to fill two application forms separately, as discussed above.

Adopted Child

You'd first need to apply for sponsorship for your adopted child from another country. Once the child arrives, you'd then have to apply for him to be a Permanent Resident of Canada.

  • To sponsor a child, you need to fulfil the above requirements and ensure you haven't violated any child support norms. 
  • To apply for Permanent Resident status for the child, you need to be a Canadian Citizen, and your child must be at least years of age. Or, the child must have at least one parent native of Canada.
  • You'd have to fill the two forms yourself along with the Permanent Residency application form on the child's arrival.

How long does it take to get a spouse visa for Canada from India?

Once you have submitted the required documents for Spouse Visa, it takes approximately 8-10 months for the process to be completed. The exact duration depends upon how flawlessly you have completed your application process. 

Does your spouse get a visa in Canada when you are doing a PhD there?

No, your spouse can't get a visa even if you are doing a PhD in Canada. However, they can always apply for a temporary resident visa for visitors

  • The accompanying spouse or common-law partners would need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa Made Outside of Canada on their own.
  • Your spouse can add your details in their application, which will ensure this visa gets approved quickly.
  • After applying for the visitor's visa, your partner can come to Canada and then apply for an Open Work Permit and submit a fee which will be valid until your visa, as discussed earlier.
  • Once you apply for a Permanent Residency visa after two years of PhD, your partner will automatically be eligible for Permanent Residency.
  • It's important to note that only 1000 applications are accepted under the PhD stream, and hence you'd need to be prompt with the deadlines.

Other than the spouse or partner, a lot of people want to bring in their family members as they complete a Permanent Residence in Canada. Here we look at what you can do in such a case.

How can your spouse obtain a work permit if he/she is already in Canada as a visitor?

If your spouse is living in Canada as a visitor, they can apply for an open work permit that will allow them to take up part-time or full-time jobs without having a relevant job offer in hand.

  • Openwork permits aren't job-specific. 
  • They are more inclined to provide spouses and the opportunity to work in Canada for their living while you continue studying or working. 
  • The open work permit of your spouse will typically be valid until your study permit or job permit.
  • In some specific cases, your partner might need to undergo a medical examination to obtain the work permit. 

Here is all you need to know about obtaining an open work permit for your partner:


Any international student or Permanent Resident studying or working on a full-time job can apply for an open work permit and submit a fee for their spouse as well as common-law partners. Once obtained, the partner can take up any full time or part-time jobs.

When to apply

You can apply for an open work permit for your spouse both before or after they enter the borders. Since the work permits are of the same length or your study or job duration, you can even apply for it when you are entering the airport.

What are the conditions to obtain an Open Work Permit?

Open-work-permits issued by IRCC come with certain limitations and restrictions. Suppose you were not asked for a medical examination before getting the work permit. In that case, you might not be able to work in a health care setting, educational organizations, as well as the dependent child care sector. You can visit the IRCC website for a list of occupations and Designated Medical Practitioners to ensure you don't fall in the category.

What can be considered for Proof of relationship?

  • Sharing the same residence for a substantial period
  • Your relatives, colleagues, and other closed ones should attest to you two being in an interdependent relationship
  • Financial and household support and documents testify it like electricity bills, rent, joint bank accounts, investments, and more.
  • The officers will look to ensure that you have a relationship fruitful enough to last long. 

Is Canada still accepting spousal immigration applications despite coronavirus?

Yes, Canada is. Striving through the global distress of coronavirus, Canada Immigration has not stopped accepting spousal immigration. 

Who can’t sponsor their spouse, partner or child?

  • Sponsors less than 18 years of age
  • If the sponsor is not going to stay in Canada
  • If the sponsor is not a Canadian citizen or mentioned under the Canada Indian Act.
  • If the sponsor can’t prove funds.


That was all you needed to know about getting your spouse a visa to live in Canada with you. With a host of employment opportunities and elite quality of living, getting your spouse to live with you would be ideal. Reach out to us for further assistance in the process.

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