If you have a spouse or even a common law or conjugal partner in Canada, then we’ve got good news for you: it may be possible for us to help reunite you with your spouse through the Family Class Immigration program. Canada believes it is very important to keep families together whenever possible. These applications are given high priority.
However, it’s not always as easy and straightforward to meet the standard of proof for eligibility requirements (listed below) as it might seem. When you’re trying to prove that your relationship qualifies it is good to have experts on your side.
The Spousal Sponsorship Category
The Spousal Sponsorship program is a subsection of the Family Class immigration category. Under this program, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor a spouse or common-law partner for Canadian permanent residence.
Both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (also called the ‘sponsor’) and the foreign national (the ‘sponsored person’) must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa.
In order to receive a visa through this immigration program, the sponsor and sponsored person must prove that their relationship qualifies under one of three categories:
- Common-law Partner
- Conjugal Partner
NOTE: Canada recognizes same-sex marriage, and same-sex partners may be eligible to apply under any of the above three categories, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.