Spousal sponsorship in Canada is considered high-priority because the country as a whole values the importance of families. This means that you are a Canadian citizen or are a permanent resident, you can essentially sponsor your partner to move with you to Canada once certain criteria are met. If you’re planning to do so, then here are essential details you should know about:
Common-Law and Conjugal Partner
When sponsoring your partner to immigrate to Canada, you will come across the terms common-law and conjugal partner.
A common-law partner is a person of the opposite or same-sex who has been living with you for at least one year. A conjugal partner, on the other hand, is a partner who isn’t able to live together continuously for one year because of reasons beyond their control.
Find Out If You’re Eligible to Sponsor
Before you fix any documents to sponsor your partner, you need first to check whether or not you’re eligible. Here are the requirements to be able to sponsor a spouse to Canada:
- You are a Canadian citizen
- You are a permanent resident in Canada
- You are above 18 years old
- You are living in Canada or planning to return to Canada once your partner becomes a permanent Canadian resident
- You are able to provide the basic financial needs of your partner for three years
Proof of Relationship
If you’re eligible to sponsor your partner to Canada, the immigration will then need proof of your relationship.
If you’re married, you are expected to hand over these documents:
- Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation questionnaire
- Marriage certificate
- Wedding invitation and photos
- Birth certifications/adoption records of children you have together
- Registration of marriage with a government authority
You will also need to have the following documents:
- Proof of property ownership together
- Shared bank accounts, copies of government-issued IDs, car insurance, utility bills, pay stubs or tax forms that show you and your spouse live at the same address
If you are in a common-law relationship, you will need to send the documents listed above except a marriage certification and wedding invitation and photos. Additionally, you need to submit proof that you have lived together for at least one year.
You may also need to present at least two of the following documents:
- Documents that show you are recognized as common-law partners, such as insurance or employment benefits
- Proof of financial support or shared expenses between you and your partner
- Proof that your relationship is recognized by family and friends (social media & email)
If you’re in a conjugal relationship, here are the documents that you need:
- Shared residence
- Joint financial arrangements and shared bank accounts
- Evidence that your friends and family recognize your relationship
The Sponsorship Process
When you submit your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable processing fee. If the sponsorship is a success, an immigrant visa will be approved and you will be asked to pay a Right of Permanent Residence Fee for every person who is 19 years old or older for the visa to be approved. The sponsored person must then come to Canada before the visa expires.
Sponsoring a spouse to immigrate to Canada is a tedious task and it will also require lots of paperwork. To help you with the process, you can contact an immigration consultant to help you.
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