Learn More About Canada Spousal Visas

In Canada immigration is permitted for the spouse, common-law or conjugal partner of a permanent Canadian resident through a system of sponsorship. Take the online Canada immigration assessment to find out about qualifying.

In this arrangement, a Canadian citizen or a person with Canadian permanent resident status currently living and working in Canada may agree to sponsor the applicant for a period of between three and ten years until they establish themselves in the country.

If you are interested in migrating to Canadian Immigration consultants at Brighter Visas can help you establish whether you qualify for this Canada immigration class.

As a specialist Canadian immigration consultancy, Brighter Visas can offer immigration lawyer advice and a wide range of Canada visa services.

Through the use of our comprehensive immigration services we can ensure that you obtain the most appropriate visa for your relocation to Canada.


Relocating to Canada under this kind of sponsorship allows an applicant to seek and undertake employment in the country without any restriction.

Unlike temporary Canadian visas for short-term entry clearance such as the Canadian visit visa, which are issued for a strictly limited duration, Canada visa applications for family immigration through this route offer a path to permanent residency.

Successful applicants will become permanent residents and after a minimum residency requirement of three years, may be able to apply for Canadian citizenship.


The requirements of family immigration sponsorship differ according to whether the applicant in question is the spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner of the Canadian citizen or holder of Canadian permanent residence as outlined below:


Where marriages took place in Canada, a marriage certificate issued by the province or territory will be required.

For marriages occurring outside Canada, the marriage must be valid under Canadian law and the law of the country in which it took place.


“Does Canada recognise same-sex partnerships and relationships in the same way as a heterosexual relationship? My partner and I have been together for ten years, but are unsure whether we’re eligible?”

The rules regarding the status of same-sex relationships, as you can imagine, varies greatly from one country to the next; thankfully, Canada has an extremely welcoming and progressive immigration policy, so, yes, you will be eligible.

However, you will still have to go through the same rigorous process of immigration as any other couple, which can be quite a daunting experience! The most important thing for these cases has to be providing evidence of your relationship; many people simply don’t know what they need to supply here, and get themselves in a bit of mess trying to organise everything! Knowing what evidence to provide is key to obtaining the visas you need, so having a little professional help could make all the difference in your application, not to mention how much easier the process is this way.

Common-law partner

If you wish to sponsor your common-law partner of the same or opposite sex to immigrate to Canada you will need to demonstrate that you have been living together continuously for a period of at least a year.

Conjugal partner

The conjugal partner Canadian immigration route is intended to be used only in exceptional circumstances where parties are unable to qualify for spouse or common-law partner immigration through circumstances beyond their control.

This route for immigration to Canada is valid for same sex or opposite sex partners, however, it must be demonstrated that the relationship is one of mutual dependence, and commitment.

Conjugal partner applications may be made in the following circumstances.

  • The relationship has existed for at least a year.
  • Marrying or living together has been prevented due to an immigration barrier.
  • Marrying or living together has been prevented due to marital status, for example, you are living in a country where divorce is not permitted.
  • Marrying or living together has been prevented because you are in a same sex relationship in a country where same sex marriage is not permitted.
  • Evidence can be provided that an impending factor has influenced the relationship, for example, long-term visits in each other's home country have been refused.

Find out further information on our Business Visa page.


Also related to this page:

Canada Spousal Visas

Canada Common Law Visas

Canada Conjugal Visas

February 14, 2015

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