Family Sponsorship for Common-law Partner (including any dependent children)
Through this family sponsorship application, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their common-law partners (along with any of their children) to immigrate to Canada.
Are you currently looking to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, or dependent children? You may be eligible for Family Sponsorship for Common-law Partners.
You may be eligible for Family Sponsorship if you are:
18 years or older and,
Not receiving social assistance other than for a disability and either a:
A Canadian citizen currently living in Canada or if outside Canada must be able to prove you will be living in Canada when the dependant child becomes a permanent resident OR,
A permanent resident of Canada currently living in Canada or,
A person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
A married partner or spouse is defined as someone of the opposite or same gender that you have a legal marriage with and is at least 16 years old.
A common-law partner is defined as someone of the opposite or same gender that is not legally married to you, is at least 16 years old and has been living with you for at least 12 continuous months. Any time that you have spent away from your partner must be short and temporary.
A conjugal partner is defined as a permanent relationship where two people are not able to get married or live together because of situations outside of their control. Your partner being considered for immigration must provide evidence that:
They have had a conjugal relationship with you for at least one year
They are committed to the relationship and have shared interests with you
Eligible dependent children are classified as:
Under the age of 22 and,
Unmarried or not in a common-law relationship OR,
Over the age of 22 and,
Have been dependent on parents since before the age of 22 and,
Cannot support themselves financially due to a mental or physical condition
You must also be able to financially support your dependent child(ren) by covering:
Everyday living needs (food, water, shelter, etc)
Public health services not covered by the government such as eye and dental care
If you are sponsoring a partner or spouse who has a dependent child, and that child has 1 or more children of their own, you must fill out a Financial Evaluation form.
If you are sponsoring a dependent child that has one or more of their own dependent children, you must fill out a Financial Evaluation form.
How It Works
- 1Create An Account
Do an eligibility check, or pick a visa, or just sign up directly to create an account. Then you can see all the documents needed, questions you must answer, and fee payments for our services and to the government. If you have any questions, it is easy to contact our sales team or to schedule a call.
- 2Eligibility Confirmation Before Payment
First you will answer a few questions to ensure you are eligible for the visa. Only if you are eligible will the payment unlock. Making payment assigns an immigration lawyer or regulated consultant to your application. We are transparent in our process and pricing, and clearly list all the fees and processing times for your visa. Read our Transparency Pledge. We use Stripe for credit or debit card payment processing, which is secure and encrypted.
- 3Complete Your Application Online
You can complete as many of the application tasks you wish before payment. Take your time. Some visas require a lot of information, which requires answering questionnaires and uploading of documents. Our system ensures everything necessary is gathered depending on your situation - preventing errors and omissions - and saving you time.
- 4Visa Preparation and Submission
Once all the tasks are completed, our experts will review your answers and start preparing your application so that the best case is best presented. Government fees are also due once the application is completed and we can correctly calculate the government fees due. After a final review by you, and by our experts, your application will be submitted! You will have peace of mind that only comes with an accurate application.
- 5Approval and Renewals
We notify you when your visa is approved! If there are any questions or rejections from the government, we will answer them and resubmit without any further fees from us. We securely store your immigration documents for 7 years and provide alerts well before any expiry dates. Renewing or taking the next step toward citizenship is easy when all your immigration history is in one place.
Some documents you will need to provide, and some documents we may prepare for you.
- Employment/Source of Support
- Sponsor's Proof of Status in Canada
- Sponsored Person's Digital Photo
- Sponsored Person's Passport
- Sponsored Person's Police Certificate