If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and at least 18 years old, you can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada. Your relatives can live, study and work in Canada if they become permanent residents. Individuals sponsored to come to Canada by their spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner are granted conditional permanent resident status with certain conditions and obligations attached depending on the status of their relationship at the time of sponsorship. These conditions are:​


5 Year ban on spousal and partner sponsorships

Canadian citizens and permanent residents have the right to sponsor their spouse, common-law or conjugal partner to come to Canada. This right is, however, limited for individuals who were themselves sponsored in that category. These individuals cannot sponsor a new spouse or partner until a period of 5 years has elapsed from the day they landed in Canada, becoming permanent residents. This condition applies regardless of whether the person obtains Canadian citizenship in the interim.

The 5 year ban does not apply to non-spousal or partner sponsorships. As such, individuals who were sponsored as a spouse or partner can, even in the 5 year period following the beginning of their permanent residence, sponsor other members of the family class.


2 year conjugal relationship requirement is no longer applicable - Have your conditions removed!

Under certain circumstances, a sponsored spouse, common-law or conjugal partner is granted permanent resident status which can be revoked if they do not cohabitate in a conjugal relationship with their sponsor for a continuous period of 2 years following their acquisition of status. If an individual’s permanent resident status if revoked, any person who was in turn sponsored to come to Canada by that individual will also lose their status.

Permanent residents to whom the 2 year conjugal relationship requirement applies can have their status revoked even if non-compliance is discovered only after the initial two year period in question.​