Class Application Process
of June 28, 2003 same-sex partners of Canadian
citizens or permanent residents can apply to immigrate
to Canada as part of the family class.
The Type Of Partner Application To Make
If the immigrating partner is living outside Canada
use the outside Canada family class application
and apply as Spouses, Common-law, or Conjugal
both partners are residing in Canada legally,
for example on a student visa, and are common-law
applying using the In Canada class application
is also an option. Partners legally in Canada
may still choose to make a family class application
outside Canada. See Outside
Canada and In Canada
for more details about choosing which kind of
application to make.
if none of these options seem to fit.
The Correct Application Kit
There are different application kits depending
on whether you use the outside Canada family class
or the in-Canada class. Each
application kit includes a guide and all the forms
you need. The
guide explains how to complete the forms, get
medical and police record checks, and pay the
fees. The forms include two basic parts: the sponsorship
application and the application for permanent
the CIC web site,
you can download the application kit or request
that one be sent to you by mail.
The Sponsorship Application
first part of a Family Class application is the
sponsorship application. The Canadian citizen/permanent
resident asks to be approved as a sponsor for
their partner. This
means the sponsor agrees to be financially responsible
for the applicant for three-years.
Canadian citizen or permanent resident must
be eligible to sponsor their partner.
is no specific minimum income requirement to
sponsor a partner. However, some conditions
do apply. The sponsor:
be on welfare (unless they receive disability
have an undischarged bankruptcy
have failed to support a previously sponsored
have sponsored a previous spouse within the
past three years ago
have failed to make a court ordered support
payment to a spouse or dependent children.
The Immigrating Partner's Application
second part of a Family Class application is the
application for permanent residence that is completed
by the immigrating partner. The applicant:
forms with personal information
a medical examination from a doctor listed in
police certificates according to the instructions
in the kit
Proof Of The Relationship
documents to show that your relationship is
genuine and that you meet the definition of
spouse, common-law, or conjugal partner.
Application Tips for
Canadian partner requests an official receipt
from the CIC web site or call centre.
the fees at a bank in Canada. The bank stamps
sure to include the original stamped receipt
with the application.
application kit includes instructions for Canadians
And Mail The Application
all the forms and supporting documents together.
photocopies of the entire package to keep in
a safe place.
the package to the appropriate office in Canada
as listed in the application kit.