Canada Spousal Sponsorship Visa Refusal Reasons

Canada Spousal Sponsorship visa Refusal Reasons

Canada Spousal Sponsorship Visa Refusal Reasons


Canada Spousal Sponsorship Visa Refusal Reasons: As per new Immigration levels plan 2023-2025, Canada is aiming to reunite more than 240,000 couples via spousal sponsorship.

IRCC has service standard of processing 80% of the spousal sponsorship applications within 12 months.

However, IRCC has not yet recovered from pandemic backlog completely. The current processing time for inland spousal sponsorship is 13 months and for outland it is still 16 months.


1. Inadmissibility

Applicants who are found to be inadmissible due to criminal or medical reasons can have their sponsorship application refused.

For e.g., if the spouse have had a DUI (Driving Under Influence) conviction in their home country, then they might be considered criminally inadmissible.

2. Lack of Genuine Relationship

The application may be denied if the immigration officer feels that the connection between the sponsor and the sponsored spouse is not real or was entered into for immigration purposes.

Ironically, many spousal sponsorship applications get rejected because their application fails to establish a genuine relationship.

As a result, they have to then appeal the refusal which can take some time to get through. Long appeal durations have also taken toll onto the breakdown of relationship for many families.

So, it is always advisable to submit your application upfront with full strength.


3. Misrepresentation

The application may be declined if the sponsor or sponsored spouse gives incorrect information or misrepresents oneself throughout the application procedure.

4. Insufficient supporting documents

Failure to provide sufficient or suitable supporting documentation, such as marriage certificates, pictures, and shared financial records, might result in a denial.

Additionally, even a slight doubt of forged document (even if they are original) due to inconsistencies can result in refusal of spousal sponsorship.

5. Unsatisfactory Financial support

The sponsor must show that they have enough money to support their spouse once they arrive in Canada.

If they do not give appropriate financial support proofs, the application may be denied.

This can be in the form of pay stubs or balance in the saving account.

Always remember sponsoring spouse has 3 years of financial obligation and immigration officer do assess the financial situation of the sponsor.


6. Providing Inconsistent Answers in Interview

Immigration officer may call some sponsored spouses for an interview to clear out the doubts in application or just to establish if relationship is genuine.

This is a good chance for the sponsored spouse to satisfy the officer by provided correct and accurate answers.

Remember lies are always caught based on the answers that you provide or may result in inconsistencies.

7. Not Declaring all the dependents

It is important to declare all the dependents on the application. Furthermore, always declare your non-accompanying family members on family information form accurately.

The application may be denied if the sponsor fails to declare all of their dependents in their application or if their financial assistance is judged insufficient for all dependents.


8. Proof of Residency

The sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Furthermore, they should be residing in Canada to submit a sponsorship application.


9. Previous Sponsorship Defaults

If a sponsor has previously failed to fulfill a sponsorship commitment, they may be judged ineligible to sponsor again.

10. Incomplete Application

Always remember that an application can also be refused if the application form is incomplete or if the required fees are not paid, or if sufficient information is not provided.

Immigration officer always have the discretion of refusing an application or they may ask for additional documents.


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