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The way this works is that the sponsorship application and the permanent resident application go in together. Once your spouse is approved as a sponsor your application will be processed.
Your spouse will need to undergo medical, background and criminal checks.
Here is the link to the webpage that has all the information and forms:
It makes sense to retain an immigration
lawyer if possible.
What you can do to find a lawyer is one of the following things.
You can contact the Law Society and use their Lawyer Referral Service. You will be given the name of a lawyer and can consult with the lawyer and the first half hour will be free.
Or you can check on a site called lexpert
. This is a legal directory of leading lawyers and law firms throughout Canada and is well-respected by the legal community.
Here's the link to their website: http://www.lexpert.ca/Directory/DirectoryContent/FindLawyersOrFirm.aspx
Let me know if you need any further clarification.