Who is considered a Spouse/Partner?

Individuals under Spousal categories are eligible for sponsorship:

  • Spouse: legally valid marriage in country of origin and under Canadian law
  • Common-law partner: At least 1 year of uninterrupted cohabitation in a conjugal relationship
  • Conjugal partner: Conjugal relationship for at least 12 months (permanence and commitment similar to marriage or common-law) where couple is prevented from living together due to immigration barriers, religious reasons, sexual orientation or marital status (e.g. married to someone else, where divorce is not possible in country of origin)
  • Same-sex relationships: considered valid for immigration purposes under these categories

Documents Required:

  1. Valid Passport
  2. Valid Registered Marriage Certificate or Proof of Common-Law-Relationship
  3.  Proof of Income
  4. Photo of applicants and relatives present during the marriage ceremony
  5. Proof of status in Canada or Permanent Residency
  6. Sponsorship agreement and spouse questionnaire
  7. Police Clearance Certificate
  8. Proof of Medical Examinations 

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