Under this program, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor a spouse or common-law partner for Canadian permanent residence.
What is a Spouse/Partner?
Individuals under these 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 a 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 the country of origin)
Same-sex relationships: considered valid for immigration purposes under these categories
To learn about how Asteco Immigration can help you with your spousal sponsorship application, book an appointment with one of our licensed immigration consultant.