Spouse or Common-Law Partners

 

i30If you are a Canadian Citizen or a Canadian Permanent Resident, you can apply to sponsor your Spouse for Permanent Residency as long as you meet all of the requirements as a Sponsor.

If you yourself were sponsored to Canada as a Spouse, you cannot sponsor a new spouse or partner to Canada within five years of you becoming a Permanent Resident of Canada.

For those applying to sponsor a Spouse, Canada defines a Spouse as any of the following:

• Spouse (Married)
• Common-Law Partner
• Conjugal Partner

If you are a Canadian Citizen, you can be residing outside of Canada when you apply to sponsor your spouse. If you are a Permanent Resident, you are required to be physically present in Canada when you apply to Sponsor your Spouse.

You can choose to Sponsor your spouse while they are outside of Canada, or can sponsor them from within Canada if they are able to enter Canada. Certain individuals who require a visa to enter Canada may not be able to obtain a visa to enter Canada and allow you to apply from within Canada.

There are no financial requirements to sponsor your spouse like there are for the Parent and Grandparent program.

Your spouse will have to undergo a medical examination and criminal background check with their application.

Your application will be reviewed to ensure that your marriage legitimate and is not a marriage of convenience and was not entered into for the purposes of obtaining Permanent Residency.

You need to ensure that your Spouse meets the following requirements:

• Is 18 years of age or older
• You (or your sponsor) were NOT married to someone else at the time of your marriage
• You have NOT lived apart from your sponsor for at least one year
• Either you or your sponsor are NOT the common-law or conjugal partner of another person

• Is 18 years of age or older
• You (or your sponsor) were NOT married to someone else at the time of your marriage
• You have NOT lived apart from your sponsor for at least one year
• Either you or your sponsor are NOT the common-law or conjugal partner of another person

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