Spouse by marriage, common-law partners, and conjugal partners are all accepted for spouse sponsorship

For a Spouse Sponsorship application to Canada, you need to know that there are several types of relationships that the Canadian government recognises. If you meet the requirements of any of these three relationships, and have the documents to prove it, you are on your way to Immigration to Canada.

What is a legal spouse?

A spouse is someone who is legally married to you. Moreover, they must be at least 18 years old.

Be sure to provide evidence that supports your union, such as a marriage certificate, joint bank accounts, joint rental agreements, letters from friends and family, and so on.

Remember, your spouse can be any gender.

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What is a common-law partner?

On the contrary, a common-law partner is someone you are not legally married to. However, you must have been living with this person for at least 12 consecutive months without any long periods apart.

As well, you will need to show proof of the common-law relationship. Valid documents include shared leases or homeownership, shared bills, shared insurance policies, etc. Click here for a full list.

Remember, your common-law partner can be any gender.

What is a conjugal partner?

Lastly, a conjugal partner is someone who is in a serious relationship with you for at least one year, but has not been living with you due to immigration reasons in their own country. These reasons include marital status (for example, a divorce from a previous partner is illegal), sexual orientation (same-sex marriage is illegal in their country), and persecution (a relationship between two different religions is illegal).

As well, you will need to give evidence that you could not stay together in the partner’s home country. For example, proof of visa refusal.

Remember, your conjugal partner can be of any gender.

Are you eligible to sponsor?

Anyone who is at least 18 years old, is a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident, is not receiving social assistance, and can financially provide for their sponsor is eligible. You can find more information on eligibility here

Finally, remember that all new permanent and temporary residents of Canada must have an Immigration Medical Exam

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