Spousal Sponsorships

In today’s world of increased globalization, spring break vacations to Mexico, and online dating, an increasing number of relationships are occurring that span borders.

Under the spousal sponsorship category, a Canadian may sponsor a spouse for permanent residence in Canada. The definition of spouse includes a married spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, and same-sex partner.

A common-law relationship is a marriage-relationship where two people have been cohabiting for a period of at least one year.

A conjugal partner is someone who would ideally be in a common-law relationship, but cannot live together because of legal or social barriers.

Not all relationships are eligible, however, including:

  • Relationships where someone is under the age of sixteen;
  • The sponsor is already sponsoring a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner, and the undertaking has not ended;
  • The sponsor is already a spouse to someone else;
  • The applicant or the spouse is the common-law or conjugal partner of another person;
  • The applicant was a non-accompanying family member of the sponsor and was not examined when the sponsor previously applied to Canada as a permanent resident; or
  • The relationship is one of convenience – ie, it was entered into for the purpose of immigrating to Canada.

Our Services

We have extensive experience in this category, and can help you submit what we refer to as a “scrap book” application, whereby your relationship is thoroughly documented, and there should be no doubt in the visa officer’s mind that your relationship is genuine, and that no ineligibility exists.


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