Incomplete Spousal Sponsorship Application

Incomplete Spousal Sponsorship Application

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This blog post is designed to guide Canadian spousal sponsorship applicants through the process if their application is returned by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) due to incompleteness.

Each applicant will receive their incomplete application back along with a letter explaining the reasons for the return and a checklist of documents. These tools will help identify what was missing in the original submission.

Additionally, IRCC assures that applicants will receive a refund if their spousal sponsorship applications are returned due to incompleteness. It’s important to note that the refund process may take up to eight weeks. If the waiting period exceeds this timeframe, applicants have the option to submit a refund request.

According to the current information from IRCC’s help centre, if a digital copy of the incomplete spousal sponsorship application exists, it will be returned via email. In cases where no digital copy is available, the return will be made by mail.

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What to Do After Receiving Your Incomplete Spousal Sponsorship Application from IRCC


Once you receive your incomplete spousal sponsorship application, carefully go through the accompanying letter and document checklist. This will help you understand why your application was returned and what elements were missing.

When you’re ready to resubmit your spousal sponsorship application, make sure to include any documents or information that were missing in your initial submission. You can include all documents and payment receipts from your first application in your resubmission, as long as all signatures are still valid. If any signatures have expired, you’ll need to complete, sign, and date new forms.

Next, write a letter to IRCC detailing any changes or updates to your information.

If your spousal sponsorship application was missing documents when it was returned and you’re unable to provide the documents that IRCC initially requested, you should explain why in your letter.

Remember to include the explanatory letter and document checklist that you received from IRCC when you resubmit your spousal sponsorship application.

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Essential Points to Remember When Resubmitting an Incomplete Spousal Sponsorship Application to IRCC


When resubmitting an incomplete spousal sponsorship application, keep the following key points in mind:

  1. Revisit the application guide to check for any changes since your initial submission.
  2. If you received your returned spousal sponsorship application by email, you can find the steps for resubmission here.
  3. Ensure that IRCC receives your resubmitted spousal sponsorship application within 90 days of signing; the signature date on the new application should not be postdated.

Please note that the processing time for resubmitted spousal sponsorship applications starts from the day IRCC receives the completed application.

Why It’s Crucial to Submit a Complete Spousal Sponsorship Application to IRCC

IRCC provides a completeness checklist to all spousal sponsorship applicants to ensure that every application they receive is ready for processing. This highlights the importance of submitting a complete spousal sponsorship application to IRCC.

Therefore, it’s vital to double-check that your spousal sponsorship application is complete to avoid the need to restart the Express Entry process with a new profile if your first application is returned as incomplete.

SUCCESS - Accepted for processing : Acknowledgement of Receipt


If the Application is deemed to be complete and accepted for processing at the intial stage, you will receive an ‘Acknowledgment of Receipt’ or AOR.

  • AOR Meaning: The AOR is a confirmation from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that your spousal sponsorship application is received and ready for processing. It’s not an approval but a crucial first step.
  • Importance of AOR: Your AOR contains your unique application number, essential for tracking and correspondence. Keep this document safe as it’s vital for the entire spousal sponsorship journey.
  • Next Steps After AOR: Link your application to your online IRCC account for updates. Promptly respond to IRCC requests and inform them of any changes in your circumstances.
  • Processing Stages: The spousal sponsorship process has two main stages: sponsor eligibility and applicant admissibility. Prepare for background checks, medical exams, and possibly an interview.
  • AOR Timeline: Expect the AOR within a few weeks to months after submission, but this can vary. It marks the start of the official processing time for your spousal sponsorship application.

Remember, the AOR is just the beginning. Patience and attention to detail will guide you through the spousal sponsorship process.

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