There are instances when, as a Canadian citizen, you may want to sponsor your foreign partner to immigrate to Canada. If you are not married to your partner or may have been in a common-law relationship, how do you go about having your partner moved to Canada? The answer to that is to have your conjugal partner sponsored, without necessarily having to get married.
In this article, we will share with you what you need to know about sponsoring a conjugal partner:
Conjugal partner in a nutshell
Now, let’s first define what a conjugal partner is. Simply put, a conjugal partner is a person outside of Canada who has a relationship with a sponsor for at least one year. This applies to both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships. On the other hand, a sponsor is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who wishes to sponsor his or her foreign partner to immigrate to Canada.
Sponsoring a conjugal partner
The conjugal partner sponsorship is an application process that allows you to sponsor your partner. However, the conditions are as follows: first, you should have an ongoing relationship with your conjugal partner, and second, you both aren’t residing together for at least a year. The goal of the application is to get approval so that your conjugal partner will be given permanent residence in Canada.
As a sponsor, it is your sole responsibility to provide financial support to your conjugal partner. This means that your partner isn’t covered by Canada’s public health services, and isn’t entitled to ask for financial help and support from the Canadian government. Ultimately, the sponsorship is a binding promise of support which means that it is your responsibility to support your partner.
Now, let’s take a look at your eligibility as a sponsor. You can become a sponsor on the following conditions:
- You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person registered as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
- You are at least 18 years old.
- You are living in Canada. If you are a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you need to prove that you plan to live in Canada so that you can sponsor.
- You must be able to prove that you have sufficient income to provide the basic needs of your partner.
Conjugal partner eligibility
Now, let’s take a look at the eligibility as a conjugal partner. You will only be considered a conjugal partner and eligible to get sponsored based on several requirements. For the most part, you must:
- Show an ongoing and genuine relationship for at least one year with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada.
- Have combined documents with your Canadian partner.
- Show that cohabitation was not possible due to reasons outside of your control.
At this point, know now that it is the immigration officer who will determine if your conjugal sponsorship will be accepted or denied. The immigration officer will factor in the eligibility outlined above, and evaluate all circumstances of the case to arrive at a particular decision.
If you need a certified immigration consultant in Toronto to help you in sponsoring a conjugal partner, get in touch with us today to see how we can help!