Restriction for 5 years to people who were sponsored to come to Canada as a spouse or partner

If a spouse or partner sponsored you, you cannot sponsor a new spouse or partner within five years of becoming a permanent resident.

This rule applies even if you got your Canadian citizenship within those five years. Other members of the Family Class will not be affected by the rule change.

Spouses and partners sponsored before March 2, 2012 (Date CIC got your sponsorship application), The five-year sponsorship bar does not apply, no matter when you became a permanent resident.

Spouses and partners sponsored on or after March 2, 2012 The five-year sponsorship bar applies. You cannot sponsor someone until you have been a permanent resident for five years.

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