Canada accepts spousal or common-law sponsorship applications from out-of-status foreign nationals

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If you are in Canada with your Canadian spouse or common-law partner and have fallen out of status, you can still apply for family sponsorship.

Among the recent challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic is that many people are not able to travel to where they had planned and are consequently stuck where they are.
It is important to note that this exemption only applies to people who would otherwise suffer due to lack of status alone. It does not apply to people whose immigration to Canada might be problematic due to factors such as serious criminality or national security risk. Partners also have to be eligible for sponsorship.