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Family unity is highly valued in Canada. In fact, for this reason, through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), applications of a Family Class are granted maximum urgency at visa offices in Canada.

Sponsorship applicaiton

To be precise, sponsorship application gives the right to a Canadian or Permanent Resident, with approval by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to sponsor their partners or dependent children for a permanent residence in Canada. Qualification for spousal sponsorship whether same-sex marriage or opposite sex partners must have the relationship fit in any category below:

Common-law partner: if you have been cohabiting in a conjugal relationship for a minimum of one year.
A spouse: if you are in a legal and valid civil marriage and legally recognized by the Canadian law as well as the law of the place where the marriage took place.

Conjugal relationship: if there is a substantial degree of physical as well as mutually dependent relationship between the two of you and the relationship has lasted for at least 12 months without marriage due to barriers such as sexual orientation and religious beliefs.

Types of Spousal and Common -Law partners Sponsorship Applications

Basically, there are two types of sponsorship application. 

1. Inland sponsorship.

2. Outland sponsorship.

Inland Sponsorship

This type of sponsorship application is applicable where the couple in question resides together in Canada. 


The sponsored individual benefits by being legible for an Open Work Permit and hence can be able to work at any place in Canada as their application for sponsorship is being processed.

Outland Sponsorship/ Common-Law Partner Sponsorship

This type of sponsorship application is applicable where the sponsored partner resides outside Canada. 

Outland sponsorship applications proceed through the visa office serving the applicant’s country of origin or residence for the past year. However, in both cases, it is important to note that individuals must meet eligibility requirements for their applications to qualify, and need to be admissible to Canada.(See more about the admissibility requirements at the Inadmissibility section).

Dependent child Sponsorship

Due to different circumstances, some families live separately from their children and in different countries. Immigration Sponsorship of the depende

nt child program designed to make a difference and give these families a chance to reunite in Canada.

Sponsor eligibility

There are certain conditions for the sponsor to be eligible to sponsor. Also, the sponsor undertaking the financial responsibility for the sponsored person for certain amount of time.

Solid evidence

Moreover, the crucial aspect of the application is being able to prove the genuine nature of your relationship. One should consider the use of solid evidence and material property to prove the authenticity of your relationship.

All the information must be trustworthy and correctly expressed in the immigration forms as well . whether unintentional or not, discrepancies can often occur. Background information should be also thoroughly completed . In turn, the unreliability between information may lead to consequences, resulting in misrepresentation and eventual ban from entrance into Canada. Overall, proper explanation must be provided to avoid negative investigation and possible consequences that will ultimately affect your future.

If these requirements are not met, the Immigration Sponsorship application may be refused and the applicant may appeal this decision.

Overall, to avoid unnecessary delays, complications, or any setbacks that may occur, proper legal representation is advised to ensure success in attaining Immigration Sponsorship from a loved one. If you, or anyone you know, requires legal help and/or guidance to achieve success in order to flow through this application process efficiently, contact our legal team via email info@vblegal.ca or via telephone at (905) 370-0484 to receive necessary help.