Immigrating to Canada can be a nerve-wracking challenge, especially with all the forms and requirements you have to collate and submit. Bringing in your spouse, however, is another whole challenge, as the amount of proof that has to be checked out is equally as gruelling.
Once you’ve become a permanent resident of Canada, one of the most important tasks in order to bring your spouse through a spousal sponsorship application is to prove your relationship. The slightest mistake or discrepancy can cost you the acceptance, so extreme care and thoroughness when completing the requirements are necessary.
Prior to submitting a spousal sponsorship application, you must know whether you are eligible first. You will be eligible to sponsor a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner if you meet the following criteria:
- You are at least18 years of age,
- You are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident,
- You can prove that you are NOT receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability,
- You are living in Canada;
- For Canadian citizens OUTSIDE of Canada, you must prove that you and your spouse are planning to live in Canada when your spouse becomes a permanent resident.
- If you’re a permanent resident, however, then you can’t sponsor your spouse if you aren’t living within Canada.
Aside from these, you must also be able to prove that you can provide basic needs for yourself, your spouse or partner, and your dependent children. You will both have to sign that you each are aware of and understand your basic obligations and responsibilities, and are liable to meeting them.
Take note, however, that if you entered Canada after 2012 as a sponsored spouse or partner, then you are not eligible to sponsor a new spouse or partner for a period of 5 years from the date you landed on Canada.
The Requirements for Sponsoring a Common-law Partner
Being legally bound by marriage is one thing, however, a common-law partner may have extra requirements in order to be eligible. Aside from the basic requirements required for spousal sponsorship, you must also prove that you and your partner, regardless of gender, been living with your partner for at least 12 consecutive months in a marriage-like relationship.
In order to prove this, submitting documents linked to the two of you living together is required. Some items that could help prove this are the following:
- Copies of documents that prove shared ownership, joint leases, rental agreements of residential property
- Proof of shared utility accounts for gas, electricity, telephone bills
- Valid documents that indicate you have the same address (driver’s license, insurance policies, legal IDs)
While these are quite basic requirements, it is not necessary to collate all of these, but it would definitely help. Photographs, letters/mail, and screenshots of text messages can count as well. Do note, however, that once received, these will not be returned to you. For documents that you do not wish to lose but need to be authenticated, certified true copies will work for most requirements unless specifically stated.
Knowing a bit about the basic necessities to have your common-law partner’s application approved can definitely prepare you ahead of time. The best results, however, can be attained by hiring the help of an immigration consultant that can help you process your spousal sponsorship application.
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