This area contains policy, procedures and guidance utilized by IRCC staff. It really is published from the department’s web site as being a courtesy to stakeholders.

Officers should really be pleased that the relationship that is genuine. A spousal relationship or common-law partnership which is not genuine or that has been entered into mainly for the true purpose of acquiring any status or privilege are going to be refused (R4). Likewise, under R4.1, the dissolution of a relationship between two individuals to obtain any status or privilege underneath the Act as well as its subsequent resumption will result into the relationship being excluded. Which means that the foreign nationwide won’t be considered a spouse, common-law partner or partner that is conjugal the Regulations. R4.1 is applicable whether or not the one who seeks to obtain status or privilege via a bad faith relationship may be the sponsor, the international national being sponsored or a third-party international nationwide.

Officers should examine the papers submitted as evidence of the partnership to ensure they’re not fraudulent.

Officers additionally needs to gauge the relationship involving the applicant and any reliant kids to establish evidence of parentage and dependency.

With this web web page

  • Proof of relationships
  • Evaluating for relationship of convenience
  • Same-sex marriages

Proof of relationships

The program kit requires that applicants distribute particular papers as proof the connection. When it comes to applicants when you look at the partner or common-law partner in Canada course, officers must be satisfied that also the applicant is managing the sponsor in Canada.

Sort of proof that is appropriate

Documentary proof includes:

When it comes to a common-law partner, documentary evidence will include:

  • A completed Relationship sponsorship and information evaluation questionnaire (IMM 5532) (within the application package)
  • evidence of separation from a previous spouse if either the sponsor or perhaps the applicant were formerly married
  • a finished Statutory Declaration of Severance of Common-law Union type (IMM 5519) if either the sponsor or even the applicant were previously in a common-law relationship with somebody else
  • if the main applicant and sponsor have actually kiddies in keeping, long-form delivery certificates or adoption documents detailing the names of both parents
  • pictures regarding the sponsor and principal applicant showing they’ve been in a conjugal relationship
  • at the very least two associated with after sets of papers. A detailed written explanation must be provided: if the sponsor and principal applicant are unable to provide documents from a minimum of two of the following sets of documents
    • essential papers when it comes to major applicant and sponsor showing they’ve been named each other’s common-law partner (such as for example work or insurance coverage advantages)
    • documentary proof of monetary help between your principal applicant and sponsor, and/or shared expenses
    • other evidence that the connection is identified by buddies and/or family ( e.g. letters from friends/family, social medical information showing a relationship that is public

If the sponsor and principal applicant are cohabitating, proof from at the least two associated with after sets of papers showing that the applicant that is principal sponsor have already been residing together for one or more year ( ag e.g. papers showing the exact same target for both). If they’re not able to offer papers from at the least two regarding the after sets of papers, a detailed penned description must certanly be supplied:

  • evidence of joint ownership of domestic home
  • leasing contract showing both the sponsor and major applicant as occupants of a property that is rental
  • proof joint energy records ( e.g. electricity, gasoline, phone, Internet), joint bank card records, or joint bank records
  • vehicle insurance showing that both the main applicant and sponsor happen announced towards the insurance carrier as residents of the’s address that is insured.
  • copies of government-issued documents for the major applicant and sponsor showing exactly the same target ( e.g. driver’s licenses)
  • other papers granted into the major applicant and sponsor showing the exact same address, if the reports take place jointly or otherwise not ( e.g. mobile phone bills, spend stubs, taxation kinds, bank or credit card statements, insurance coverages)

A Canadian resident or a permanent resident may sponsor their same-sex partner as being a partner, provided that the marriage is lawfully recognized under both the regulations regarding the destination where it happened and under Canadian law, and additionally they meet with the particular needs. Canadian residents and permanent residents can use to sponsor their same-sex partner being a partner should they had been hitched in Canada and issued a married relationship certification by A canadian province or territory on or following the following dates:


The onus is in the sponsor and applicant to offer information to IRCC confirming that their same-sex wedding ended up being lawfully recognized where and when it took place.

Same-sex partners that are maybe not married (or whose wedding just isn’t legitimately recognized) could be sponsored as common-law lovers, supplied they meet up with the meaning of common-law partner. They have maintained a conjugal relationship for at least one year if they have not been able to cohabit for one year, the foreign national partner may apply as a conjugal partner provided.

Some nations enable civil registrations of common-law opposite-sex and/or common-law partners that are same-sex. Some international jurisdictions offer recognition for the unions of same-sex partners under legal means apart from wedding, such as for example civil unions or partnerships that are domestic. These relationships must be processed as common-law partnerships for the purposes of immigration.