Adding Spouse to the PR application which is in Progress


You will have to wait for IRCC to send you another “Request for Visa” email before you can send them your passport. If they had sent one before you informed IRCC about spouse addition that email is invalid now that the status is changed. If your passport is already in cic office and you’ve informed them of spouse addition you can raise a web form query asking them to return your passport and they will do so.

@prasan thank you for the response I got married after COPR and informed them about martial status change. I received a mail to update the documents for spousal details like mentioned in the thread by @Coded and asked to return passport so I don’t know to where do I return the passport and how … please help

I’m in the same phase as you were in the past. I got married while my background check is in progress. And am asked to submit the same list of documents as you listed.

My application was in background check stage for 6 months. Now that am submitting my spouse’s documents, will that take another 6 months ? Please share your experience.

@waiting1234 @prasan @Doubts123
Thank you all.

Honestly the timeline varies depending on the office processing. But, I know for sure that if they process your file in their Montreal office it will take a long time, it’s notorious for it. My file was processed there.

Huh okay. Thank you Prasan for responding so quick, as always.
Have a great day.

@here I am in the same boat guys. Started a new thread here: Spouse Added Post PPR - Feb 2020. So, planning to post my updates for future reference for anyone who is or will be in the same situation. Good Luck!

Section 3 - says " IMM0008 for yourself and your spouse".
I included spouse details in the dependent section. Should spouse also fill out another form with same details ?
Please suggest.

Thank you
@waiting1234 @prasan @Coded

No need for spouse to fill a separate copy of imm0008

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I have informed cic about my marriage and they have sent me the same list of document to be uploaded in my cic account. But the problem is they made only one space to upload my document called “Observation”. Just wondering how I can upload all my document in the observation field? Please suggest.

hey @prasan,
Which version of imm5669e form did you submit ? I just found out that there are 2 versions.
Version 1:
Version 2:
The second version seems to be the newer one with the barcode thingie. Let me know! Thanks!

Good evening I just added my spouse and have all documents. Pls how do I upload the forms ie Imm008 and the rest. I have merged other documents in pdf format. But the other forms ie Imm008 and the likes can’t be merged cos it can’t be opened as it is passworded. Any email to attach it or what’s your advice. Thank you

I am also in the same situation. Were you able to figure it out ? Not sure how to combine IMM008 and IMM5669e.

Also, did you submit IMM5669e or EIMM5669e ? Please let me know. Thanks!

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Hi you can print it as pdf and then use that document to merge. I did it the same way.

Hi. Can anyone guide me, how do i know which office is processing my application? Also what is the average processing time once i add spouse to my application.

Hello Everyone,
I recieved an invite via express entry and was asked to submit my passport etc. I made a request to add a common law partner. They have shared a list of documents and all the information requested is a repeat for me. Do i need to share all the information from scratch or just my updates alongside my partner’s details?( I have 1 travel update and no residential updates)
Thank you so much for all your help :slight_smile:

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Hello @avinash and @prasan

I am in the same boat as you were in Feb and @prasan was in last year. I got married while my PR application was in progress and it still is, but I wanted to add my spouse to my application. I have read this thread and few others on this blog but wanted to ask both of you (anyone else who can help as well)

  • if I add him on my application does my score go down? or once a score is accepted, Canadian government does not reassess it?
  • is my husband required to give IELTS to apply as a dependent with me or that is not needed?
  • I saw the list of the documents that were listed by you and @prasan - is there anything else needed?
  • For Police Verification, my husband lives in Boston,MA from last 4 years; so we can get it from there but do we need to get it from India as well?
  • If we take this route both of us get PR at the same time ?

Thank you in advance and any help and guidance is much appreciated.

Waiting for the response

  1. Yes, your score will go down once you add your spouse to your existing express entry profile
  2. If you want to add your husband to your existing Express entry application, then yes he has to write IELTS. If you want to sponsor him later as a dependent in family sponsorship class, then IELTS is not required
  3. NA
  4. Any country you husband has lived since 18 years (check this one) for more than 6 months, PCC will be required
  5. Yes, but likely your PR will be delayed because the decision has to be reevaluated based on a new applicant (PCC, medicals, education, funds etc. etc. etc.)

Hi Sanah,

  1. If you already have an AOR then no your score will not be re-evaluated. If you’re still in the pool waiting for an ITA then yes.

  2. If you have an AOR then no your husband need not give IELTS. My wife didn’t as I had gotten my AOR already.

  3. Not to my recollection

  4. You would need it from any country your husband has lived for more than 6 months in the last 10 years or from his 18th birthday whichever is less. That is true of both of you and doesn’t matter at which stage the application is.

  5. Once your spouse is added to the application it will be evaluated as one so yes you would both get your COPR at once. We did and we moved to Canada this June together.

Since I couldn’t figure out if you have already gotten your AOR or you’re still waiting for your ITA few of the answers are conditional. If you have not submitted your PR application (in response to the ITA) then your husband needs to give IELTS and you will then add him to your Express Entry application which will get your scores re-evaluated.

Hi Nick,

So I have already submitted my documents to IRCC and have received an AOR (Acknowledgement receipt) from them.
I am not sure if you read another response from Prasan who had a similar case and his wife didn’t give IELTS and their score also remained the same as per his response.

I want to make sure you understand my situation and where I stand in the process right now.
When you said he needs to give the IELTS and score will be re-evaluated , did you thought that I have not submitted my application yet?


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Hi Prasan,

Thank you so much for your quick response. I did get an invitation to apply and also once I submitted my documents received an AOR in late Feb. I informed IRCC about my marriage but have received no response from them yet. I was not sure of if I can add my husband to my current application or have to sponsor him later. But adding him now makes more sense and will save time as well.

  1. So as per your case I don’t think he needs to give IELTS and my score will remain the same (am i right?)
  2. I read you were living in USA as well, did you give Police certificates from India(I am guessing you are from India) and USA both? and how to get this certificate from India if he is not living there. Is this something where the Indian Embassy can help ?

Really appreciate your help.