Sponsored individuals have many rights in Canada:

Once a sponsorship application is accepted, sponsored people are considered Permanent Residents. If you have been sponsored by a spouse, your permanent residency may be “conditional” for two years. As a Permanent Resident or Conditional Permanent Resident you enjoy the following rights: Access to health care insurance coverage (OHIP); Ability to live/work/study anywhere in Canada; […]

What are a sponsored person’s rights if their sponsor does not financially support them?

A sponsor is required to care for the people they sponsor for the duration of their promise regardless of whether a sponsorship relationship breaks down. If, however, a sponsorship relationship breaks down and a sponsor does not financially support the sponsored person, then the sponsored person can apply for social assistance. A sponsored person always […]

Can a sponsored person lose their permanent residence?

The risk of losing permanent residence because of a sponsorship breakdown is dependent on whether the sponsored person was given Conditional Permanent Residence. Conditional Permanent Residence only occurs in cases of Spousal, Common-Law or Conjugal Partner Sponsorships. If a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner was sponsored before October 20, 2012, they cannot lose their permanent […]


Individuals present in Canada often have an immigration “status”. For example, someone may be a Canadian Citizen, a Permanent Resident, a Foreign National (meaning they are in Canada on a temporary visa like a Work Permit or Visitor’s Visa), or they could be a Protected Person. There are also individuals without status. This means they […]

How to Get Status

There may be several options available to you if you do not have status. One such option could be what is a called a Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) application. This is when you can ask Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for Permanent Residence based on humanitarian and compassionate reasons. Such reasons may include: your establishment […]

Is it possible to lose your status?

Yes, unless you were born in Canada, it is possible to lose your status. You could lose your status if you or your sponsor and/or family member lied about any fact on your immigration application (even if you have already received your Canadian Citizenship). You could also lose your status if you are a Permanent […]

Sponsorship Breakdown

One of the many ways a new immigrant receives permanent residence in Canada is through sponsorship by a family member. It is important for a sponsored person to know what it means to be sponsored to Canada and what rights a sponsored person holds.

What does it mean to be sponsored?

Sponsorship is a legally binding promise that a sponsor will “provide for the essential needs” of the sponsored person and their dependents for a specific period of time. If you have been granted permanent residence status in Canada, the sponsorship promise cannot be taken back and you can only loose your permanent residence status in […]

How long does the sponsorship promise last?

The period of time is dependent on the age of the sponsored person and their relationship to the sponsor. The following only applies to sponsorship agreements signed on or after June 28, 2002. If sponsoring your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner, the sponsor must provide financial support for 3 years from the date that […]