Spousal, Common-Law, and Conjugal Sponsorship: What’s the Difference?

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Spousal, Common-Law, and Conjugal Sponsorship: What’s the Difference?

Many immigrants dream of moving to Canada to be with their significant other in the Land of Opportunity. Known for their welcoming immigration system, immigrants would be happy to know that Canada can help bring loved ones together by offering three distinct sponsorships for couples: spousal, common-law partner, and conjugal. 

Canadian immigration provides equal opportunity for all types of relationships; that’s why these programs cater to couples with different definitions of their partnership so everyone can get a fair chance to start a new life in Canada. 

Spousal Sponsorship 

Married couples can go down the Spousal Sponsorship route to apply for permanent residency or citizenship in Canada. So long as they have a marriage certificate, this specific program doesn’t look at the years the couple lived together, nor do you need to include a statutory declaration of common-law union (form IMM5409). 

Common-Law Partners Sponsorship

Common-law partners act like married couples and share the same “marriage-like” responsibility; the only difference is the couples are not married. Since there is no marriage certificate to show proof of their relationship, common-law partners need to meet the following requirements to be eligible for this program:

  • They must have lived together for a minimum of one year; 
  • They must have a legitimate, romantic relationship;
  • They must be in a monogamous relationship; 
  • They must share social and financial obligations; 

Seeing as you are not married to your partner, you’ll also need to submit the form IMM5409, which declares your statutory union. 

Conjugal Sponsorship 

Any permanent resident or Canadian citizen can sponsor their conjugal partner, though they cannot fulfill a common-law partnership or marriage due to certain circumstances. Same-sex couples, for instance, often take up most of the cases for conjugal sponsorships. 

Similar to common-law partnerships, you need to meet the following criteria and submit documents to prove your relationship: 

  • Documents showing shared ownership of the property; 
  • Documents showing rental agreements; 
  • Documents showing bills for shared utility accounts;
  • Documents showing insurance policies or ID with the same address as your partner; 

Keep in mind that conjugal relationships are rare since financial troubles don’t make your situation valid, which means you need to either marry or apply as common-law partners if your situation doesn’t reflect the definition required by the conjugal sponsorship. 

The Bottom Line: Knowing Where Your Relationship Stands When Applying as an Immigrant 

Canada’s immigration system welcomes all types of relationships so long as it’s built on genuine grounds. However, there are three primary ways to apply for a sponsorship, so the list above should help you define the different programs you can take when sponsoring your partner.

How Can Bright Immigration Help You?

The immigration process can be daunting for most people, particularly since meeting eligibility requirements and delivering accurate documents are time-consuming on top of being stressful. 

Rushing the process and skipping research increases your risk of getting rejected visas; that’s why working with an immigration company can simplify your immigration experience as they can guide you every step of the way. 

If you’re looking for some professional help from a trusted firm, please contact us at info@brightimmigration.com or call 1-888-404-8472. We are fully committed to delivering quality legal and immigration services so you can reach your dreams of moving to Canada as smoothly as possible. 

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