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Sponsoring Your Same-Sex Partner Canada

There is currently and interim policy in place for this class.

You can apply to sponsor your same-sex partner as a spouse if:

Are You Eligible For A Same-Sex Partner Visa?

You cannot apply to sponsor your same-sex partner as a spouse if:

However, if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, you may qualify to sponsor your partner as a common-law or a conjugal partner.

The Supreme Court of Canada has rendered an opinion on the same-sex marriage reference. The Government of Canada has introduced a Bill to legalise same-sex marriages across Canada. CIC will review its interim policy, as needed, if a law is passed.

Common-law Partner

You are a common-law partner-either of opposite sex or same-sex-if you have been living with your sponsor in a conjugal relationship for at least 1 year. The year of living together must be a continuous 12-month period and cannot be intermittent periods that add up to 1 year. However, you are allowed temporary absences for short periods of time for business travel or family reasons.

You will have to provide documents that prove that you and your common-law partner have combined your affairs and have set up your household together in one home. This could include:

Conjugal Partner

The conjugal partner category is for partners-either of opposite sex or same sex-in exceptional circumstances beyond their control that prevent them from qualifying as common-law partners or spouses. A conjugal relationship is more than a physical relationship. It is a mutually dependent relationship, and it has some permanence and the same level of commitment as a marriage or a common-law union.

You may apply as a conjugal partner if:
You should not apply as a conjugal partner if:

Medical requirements and up-front medicals

The medical requirements for spouses, common-law partners, conjugal partners and dependent children are different from the medical requirements that must be met for other members of the Family Class.

Up-front medical examination allows applicants (your spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent children) to take the medical examination before the applications for sponsorship and permanent residence are submitted.

Are You Eligible For A Same-Sex Partner Visa?