as Common-law or Conjugal Partners from Outside
a Family Class application if one partner is a
Canadian citizen or permanent resident wanting
to sponsor their spouse, common-law, or conjugal
partner who is living outside of Canada.
if both partners are currently residing in Canada,
you may still want to send an Family Class "Outside
Canada" application. For example, if you
have been in a relationship for 12 months but
have not lived together for 12 months, you would
not be able to apply in Canada. Another common
example is if one partner has previously claimed
refugee status in Canada, the application cannot
be filed in Canada. However, you can submit a
Family Class application as conjugal partners
outside Canada .
apply as Common-law partners you must
have lived together for at least one year. Time
spent living together outside of Canada counts
towards this one-year requirement. A couple
can still be considered as common-law partners
even if they have not had a year of cohabitation
but have maintained a conjugal relationship
for at least a year if they have been unable
to live together due to persecution or any form
of legal restriction.
apply as Conjugal partners must you have
maintained the relationship for at least one
Canadian permanent resident must be living in
Canada to sponsor a partner.
Canadian citizens may sponsor a partner while
they are resident in another country. They must
to Canada with their sponsored partner and reside
in Canada at the time their partner becomes
a permanent resident.
Things To Think About Before Choosing This Option
an interview is required the immigrating partner
must be able to travel to the interview location.
How To Apply
the correct application kit from the CIC web
guide (with detailed instructions)
sponsorship application forms and guide
immigration application forms and guide
country specific information for the applicant
the country specific information (part C) for
the processing centre for the home or resident
country of the non-Canadian. An applicant should
have a minimum of one year of legal residence
in a country before they could consider it their
resident country. For example, US citizens must
use the information for the United States [IMM
3910], Thai citizens use the South East Asia
and Pacific [IMM 3906] information. Check the
front cover of the information guide for the
names of the countries it covers.
or request the kit from the Citizenship
and Immigration Canada (CIC) web site
all of the parts of the application, gather
all the supporting documents and send them together,
along with the fee receipt, to the Case Processing
Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
How Applications Are Processed
immigration officer reviews the sponsorship
portion of the application and sends a letter
to the Canadian sponsor
file is then forwarded to the appropriate immigration
processing office for review. For example, US
citizens' applications are forwarded to the
processing centre in Buffalo, NY. Thai citizens'
applications are forwarded to Singapore.
will receive a letter if an interview or more
information is required. You must be
prepared to travel to the interview if required.
Typically, only the immigrating applicant is
interviewed, although it is good if the Canadian
sponsor can attend.
from office to office
Canadian Consulates have their own web sites
that may give some information about immigration
processing time lines. You will find a list
of consulate web sites at the CIC