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What is Spousal / Dependent Children Sponsorship?
Under this category a spouse, common-law partner or a dependent child can be sponsored to Canada. Sponsoring a spouse has application fees of $1,050 CAD, whereas, sponsoring a child has application fees of $150.
Spousal/Common-law partner/Conjugal Partner Sponsorship
Who comes under Spousal Sponsorship?
An individual is considered as a spouse, if legal marriage has taken place and the individual is above 18 years of age. Sex of individual does not matter in this case.
Who comes under Common-law Sponsorship?
An individual is considered as a Common-Law Partner, if, the individual is not legally married to Sponsorer, is above 18 years of age and is living with the Sponsorer of at least 12 consecutive months, in a conjugal relationship, without any long periods apart. For proof of living together, following can be given:
- shared ownership of residential property
- joint leases or rental agreements
- bills for shared utility accounts, such as:
- joint utility accounts
- important documents for both of you showing the same address, such as:
- driver’s licenses
- insurance policies
Who comes under Conjugal Sponsorship?
An individual is considered as a Conjugal Partner, if, the individual is not legally married to Sponsorer, is at least 18 years old, is in relation with Sposnorer for last 1 year, is living outside Canada, and can not live in country of residence of Sponsorer or can not marry sponsorer because of reasons outside their control, such as, the individual is still married to someone and divorce is not possible in their country of residence; sexual orientation i.e. both are in same-sex relationship and the same is illegal in country of residence; face danger or persecution because of their relationship in applicant’s country of residence. Proof of the above proving reasons is required to be provided for proving Conjugal Relationship.
Class of Sponsorship
There are 2 classes under which sponsorship of Spouse or Common-law partner can be done. Whereas, Conjugal Partner Sponsorship can only be done under Family class. Following are two classes of Sponsorship:
If you are interested, you can read more about Spousal Sponsorship Open work permit applications.
Dependent Child Sponsorship
Who can qualify as a Dependent Child?
A dependent child is considered as someone, who is:
- Less than 22 years of age.
- Do not have any spouse or common-law partner.
- Child aged 22 years or above can qualify as dependents, if:
1. They can not financially support themselves due to a mental or physical condition.
2. They were dependent on their parents for financial support before the age of 22.
Also, a Sponsor can sponsor their own child, adopted child, as well as child of the spouse or partner to Canada.
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