If it’s not 6 consecutive months, don’t worry to much. You didn’t mention you submit sponsorship inside Canada or outside and if principal application is in Canada, they don’t do upfront PCC. If they’re outside Canada, ask local Canada Embassy.We used a lawyer to file our application and he had us submit a criminal record check for Canada. My husband had been living in the Canada for 10 months at the time with a two week trip to visit his home country. He had been here for 5 consecutive months at the time of submission. I don't know what the right answer is but I do know that we were instructed to send the criminal record check for Canada by our legal representative.