Read over the kit carefully several times.
Make several copies of the forms.
your application on one copy
send in a neat copy
Follow directions carefully. Work together to
complete the forms.
parts are completed by the sponsor
parts are completed by the immigrating partner
Leave nothing blank or incomplete
a question does not apply to you write N/A or
not applicable and draw a line in the box
Organize your application
tabs or coloured paper to show different sections
staple your application or put it in a binder
Completing The Spouse/Partner Questionnaire
questionnaire is to be completed by the immigrating
in mind that this is a questionnaire that is used
by people in different types of relationships
and from different backgrounds and cultures. Not
all questions will be relevant to every applicant.
Many of the questions do not fit for same-sex
partnerships. Here are suggestions for answering
some of the questions:
there formal ceremonies to recognize/celebrate
you have had a ceremony or social celebration
of your relationship then answer "yes"
and give details.
you answer "no" reasons might
include that you chose not to have a ceremony
or that ceremonies for same-sex couples
are not common in your culture.
you and your sponsor live together?
"no," explain the reasons why
you have been unable to live together. Include
such things as the need for visitorŐs visas,
any applications for visitor's visas that
your sponsor meet any of your friends or relatives?
you meet any of your sponsor's friends or relatives?
those people that you feel comfortable having
on your application.
you are not "out" with family
members (i.e. if you are unable to tell
family members about your relationship or
sexual orientation) then give this as a
reason for not meeting and explain why it
is difficult for you to be "out".
your relationship known to your close friends
briefly explain the difficulty of being
"out" to others if this is the
reason that you have been unable to tell
others of your relationship
you have any family members living in Canada?
does not mean your same-sex partner. This
refers to other family members of the applicant
you ever been married or in a common-law or
conjugal relationship before? Has
your sponsor ever been married or in a common-law
or conjugal relationship before?
think that immigration is using this question
to determine that all previous relationships
either partner has been in a heterosexual
marriage or common-law relationship before,
include this information.
must list previous same-sex partners if
they applied to immigrate to Canada.
must list previous same-sex relationships
if they were common-law, for example, if
they claimed benefits or paid taxes as partners.
Same-sex relationships have been recognized
in Canadian law as "common-law"
since July 2000 with the Modernization
of Benefits and Obligations Act.
will need to make a decision about whether
to include relationships that ended prior
to the Modernization of Benefits and Obligations
Act was passed based. There are no legal
guidelines. We suggest you consider how
long the relationship lasted and whether
you lived together as partners when you
make your decision
Providing Proof Of The Relationship
an application is made to immigrate based on a
relationship, Canadian immigration officials will
evaluate whether the relationship is genuine.
They will be looking for evidence that the relationship
was not created just for immigration purposes.
This is true of all relationships--straight or
queer--conjugal partnerships, common-law partnerships,
relationship is different. It is important to
consider your specific relationship and circumstances
when thinking of what you can use to support the
existence and genuineness of your relationship.
you are applying as spouses, common-law partners
or as conjugal partners, immigration is looking
for some key elements.
commitment to a shared life
emotional, financial, and social interdependence.
evidence of a conjugal relationship
evidence that your relationship
committed and long-term
physical, emotional, social and financial interdependence
existed for at least 12 months
are only suggestions. Choose items that best represent
your relationship. There may be things you have
that are not on the list. No one is expected to
history of the relationship: As a start,
each partner can write a brief history of the
relationship that tells the story of your relationship
e.g. how you met, how the relationship developed,
when you began to think of yourselves as a couple,
moving in together, living your life together,
the importance of the other person in your life
showing time spent together: You must also
show that you have spent time together. A relationship
that began via the Internet is fine. However,
you must document time spent together.
photos of visits /travel/time spent together
of visits such as airline ticket coupons,
boarding passes, copies of passport pages
showing entry/exit stamps
you have lived together for less than one
year, include any document that shows this.
showing the relationship was maintained while
cards, or letters between you and your partner.
Provide dates and show postmarked envelopes
if possible. You do not have to include the
content if it is personal.
distance telephone bills
showing physical, emotional, social and financial
joint finances: shared bank, trust, credit
union or charge card accounts, Joint loan
agreements, Insurance policies with partner
as beneficiary, joint ownership of any property
or durable goods
joint legal documents: income tax returns
claiming partner, wills naming partner as
beneficiary, powers of attorney, medical plans
or insurance with both partners
memberships, for example: fitness centres,
gardens, clubs, museums, or any place that
gives family or couple membership rates
ceremony certificate or invitations
or cohabitation agreements
of significant events or photos with family
or friends. Be selective. Provide dates and
declarations of individuals with personal
knowledge that your relationship is genuine
and continuing (currently they ask for at
least 2 statutory declarations)
of support from families, friends, bank manager,
employers, financial professionals, religious
leaders, community leaders, professors, teachers
or medical professionals with personal knowledge
that your relationship is genuine and continuing
(These are fuller and more detailed than the
evidence of a common-law relationship
examples from the list above to provide evidence
that you are in a genuine committed and interdependent
relationship. In addition, you need to provide
evidence that you have lived together for 12 months
recognizing a common-law relationship:
statutory declaration of common-law relationship
(included with application)
from other institutions or government agencies
recognizing a common-law relationship. For
example, workplace benefits, banks, memberships
lease, mortgage or purchase agreement signed
by both partners
receipts in both names
letter from the building manager stating that
both of you live in the apartment. Include
dates. If possible, get an affidavit to this
with postmarks, addressed to either or both
partners at the same address.
subscriptions with name/s and address
from family/friends stating when you moved
in together, if there was a housewarming party,
Completing The Applicant's Personal History
month must be accounted for. Leave no gaps
in the dates for the personal history listed.
spent unemployed, traveling or taking care of
a home or family members must be included
sure that your dates and places are consistent.
e.g. if you say you lived in Mexico City in
1999, your place of employment for 1999 should
be in or near Mexico City.