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June 27, 2024

Quebec imposes limit on spousal sponsorship applications from June 26

Dear future neighbour,

Quebec is now limiting the number of applications for spousal sponsorship and for children who are 18 years or older. This means only a certain number of these applications will be accepted.

There is also a limit on applications for sponsoring parents, grandparents, and other relatives. Quebec wants to control how many of these applications they receive.

However, there are some exceptions to these limits. Not all applications will be affected by the new rules.

Starting June 26, 2024, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation, and de l’Intégration (MIFI) will accept only 13,000 applications for family sponsorship over two years, impacting families seeking to reunite in Quebec.

Below is the breakdown of the family sponsorship cap

Type of Application Capping Until June 25, 2026
Spouses, common-law spouses, and dependent children aged 18 and up 10,400
Fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, or other eligible relatives 2,600

This cap does not apply to the following categories of people:

– A sponsor’s dependent minor child.
– Minor children the sponsor wants to adopt.
– An orphaned minor child related to the sponsor (brother, sister, nephew, niece, grandson, or granddaughter).
– A sponsor’s adult child who is dependent due to disability.

These individuals must not be married or in a common-law relationship.

Applications to add a sponsored person’s dependent child, spouse, or common-law partner, who is eligible under an undertaking application or awaiting permanent resident admission, are also exempt from the cap.

See below current processing time:

Spousal sponsorship applications for Quebec have been taking between 28 and 34 months, a duration that is significantly longer compared to the rest of Canada, where the process typically takes about 10 months.

Application Type Current Processing Time Change Since
May 1
Change Since
April 23
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada (intention to live outside Quebec) 10 months -3 months -2 months
Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada (intention to live in Quebec) 34 months No Change +6 months
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada (intention to live outside Quebec) 10 months -1 month +2 months
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada (intention to live in Quebec) 28 months +1 month +4 months
Parents or Grandparents PR (intention to live outside Quebec) 24 months +4 months -3 months
Parents or Grandparents PR (intention to live in Quebec) 48 months +15 months +11 months

The cap aims to ensure the number of family-class applications aligns with Quebec’s immigration targets for 2024 and 2025.

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