Applying for Overseas Sponsorship
Permanent residents or Canadian citizens are allowed sponsor family members for permanent residence in Canada.
OVERSEAS sponsorship means that the permanent residence application will be processed by the Visa Office responsible for the native country of the person being sponsored, or where the person being sponsored currently resides.
See our page about the requirements for sponsorship.
Overseas Sponsorship Processing Time
Processing times for Overseas Sponsorship Applications vary by visa office. CIC lists the processing time as 17 – 18 months for all countries, however complete applications are frequently processed several months more quickly.
Submitting an application with missing or expired documents, or incorrectly completed or outdated forms causes substantial delays in the processing time for an application.
Approval to sponsor takes an average of 2 months for an overseas sponsorship Application, and the application for permanent residence takes another 12 – 16 months.