The family sponsorship program allows both permanent residency and Canadian citizens that are at least 18 years of age to sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada to live, study and work.
One of the main obligations of the sponsor revolves around the legal promise of providing financial support for the basic needs of the person being sponsored.
The Canadian government allows a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor their spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner who is at least 18 years of age.
Several key definitions:
Spouse: Relationship through a legally valid civil marriage.
- Conditions: A valid marriage certificate is sufficient to sponsor one’s spouse to Canada.
- Proof: Marriage certificate obtained within Canada or abroad.
Common-law partner: A common-law partnership requires either same or opposite-gender couples to have been living or have lived together for at least 12 consecutive months in a marriage-like relationship.
- Conditions: Be in a genuine relationship and have lived with your partner for year one continuously.
- Proof: Notarized document along with proofs of the relationship.
Conjugal partner: Defined as a person who is living outside of Canada and has been in a conjugal relationship with the sponsor (Canadian) for at least one year. Furthermore, the conjugal partner is considered conjugal if they could not live with the sponsor as a couple because of reasons beyond their control (for example, religious reasons, sexual orientation, immigration issues).
- Conditions: There must be a significant degree of connection between the two partners which includes both a physical relationship and codependent relationship.
- Proof: Must show proof that the relationship is real and genuine for at least 12 months followed by proof that getting married or living together is impossible due to special circumstances.
Proving your relationship with the person you want to sponsor is the most important aspect of your application. The immigration officer evaluating your file must be convinced of the relationship you are evoking.
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