How to apply for Canada PR Visa as a Married Couple?

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on June 23, 2022


How to apply for a Canada PR Visa as a married couple

Many aspiring immigrants struggle to bring their families along with them, but when it comes to Canada, this is not the case. Various pathways allow you and your spouse to migrate simultaneously, no matter whether you both obtain Canada PR at different times.

From the Canadian spousal sponsorship program to traditional options of your partner joining you in Canada as a dependent, there are different pathways to apply for Canada PR as a couple. Canada considers all the Spousal relationships for immigration purposes, including same-sex couples and common-law partners.

Let’s find the right program for you to begin the Canada PR process

It is one of key pathways to Canadian immigration and is divided into three federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Workers Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Couples who apply via Express Entry can follow any one of two options:

One partner can be the principle applicant and lists the spouse, conjugal or common-law partner as dependent or can make them secondary-applicant.

  • Apply with a principle and secondary applicant

Under this process, the principal applicant must submit enough proof of funds, but, the secondary partner is also seen as a contributor. This means that once you create an Express Entry profile, you get a CRS score out of 1,200 points, out of which your partner’s profile determines 40 points. This can indeed make a huge difference in improving your overall CRS scores.

It is essential to consider all the key points and decide which partner’s most vital profile before applying as the principal applicant.

*You can take a free profile assessment to determine whose scores are likely to be high.

  • Applying with Dependents

If you choose to include your partner as a dependent in your Canada PR application, you, as a primary applicant, must submit enough proof of funds. In addition, settlement proof is required as evidence that you can financially support your dependent partner in Canada.

Please note that you need proof of funds only if you are applying under Federal Skilled Worker Program or Federal Skilled Trades Program.

The amount of money required to support your family depends on your family size, which includes:

  • yourself
  • your spouse or partner
  • your dependent children and
  • your spouse’s dependent children

Canada PR visa fees includes the following:

  • Processing fees (for you, spouse you’re sponsoring and their dependents)
  • Right of permanent residence fee
  • Biometrics fee 

Spousal Sponsorship

This is, so far, the fastest pathway to bringing a partner to Canada. Being a part of Canada’s Family Class immigration program is considered the best option for those already living in Canada as PR holders or Canadian Citizens. Such individuals can bring their spouse or partner to Canada by sponsoring them for permanent residency.

In order to qualify as a sponsor, you must

  • Age 18 years or above
  • Be a Canadian permanent resident or citizen
  • Be able to support your sponsored partner financially
  • Ensure that your partner doesn’t need any social assistance from the Canadian government

For expert guidance with case analysis for choosing the right Canadian permanent residence option, you may consult a team of visa and immigration advisors at Visas Avenue.

You may reach us at Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777 or get a call back from us for further discussion by filling out a simple profile evaluation form online.


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