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The spousal sponsorship process can be intimidating if you don't know where to start. The first thing you need to know is that there are three categories of spouse or partner sponsorship in Canada. It is important to understand the legal description of each category to ensure that you qualify before submitting any application to the immigration authorities.

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Spousal Sponsorship


A spousal relationship is a marital relationship. The marriage can be performed in any country and will be recognized as valid by the Canadian immigration authorities.

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Common-Law Sponsorship

Common-Law Partner Sponsorship

A common-law relationship are two people who have been living together continuously for at least one year in a marriage-like relationship and has the same legal effect as marriage.

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Conjugal Partner Sponsorship

Conjugal Partner Sponsorship

Conjugal partners are two people who are in a marriage-like relationship but due to extenuating circumstances have not been able to marry or to live together continuously for a year.

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Spouse and Partner Sponsorship Guide

Spouse and Partner Sponsorship FAQ

We've created a FREE downloadable FAQ guide that answers some common questions about how to bring your spouse or partner to Canada.

What you need to know

Spouse must not have criminal conviction

What to do if the sponsorship application was refused

If your sponsorship application was refused, you can submit an appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD). Sponsorship appeals re-address the refusal of a sponsorship application by the immigration authorities in an attempt to sponsor a family member such as a spouse, partner, child or parent for permanent residence in Canada.

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Sponsoring In Canada vs Outside of Canada

It’s important to understand the difference between submitting your application from inside and outside Canada. Understand your situation and have your family sponsorship lawyer to explain what would work best for you. Learn how each type of application will impact your future.

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Demonstrating genuine relationship

Demonstrating Your Relationship is Genuine

Immigration officers must ensure that the relationship between the sponsor and their common-law partner or spouse is genuine and not entered into for the sole purpose of immigration. The genuineness of a relationship depends on various factors and the evidence provided by the applicant and his or her sponsor in the sponsorship application.

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How long does the sponsorship process take?

The processing time is dependent on the workload that the visa or immigration office is experiencing, as well as how complete the application is. Missing or confusing information can delay the approval.  If the immigration authorities have concerns about the application they may schedule an interview which can cause delays and also complicate the case.

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Matthew Jeffery Immigration Lawyer

Matthew Jeffery Immigration Lawyer

Matthew Jeffery, Barrister & Solicitor, is an expert in Spouse and Partner Sponsorship applications. With over twenty years of experience in immigration law, he has assisted hundreds of couples to achieve their Canadian immigration dreams. Matthew Jeffery Law Office not only assists with spouse and partner sponsorship applications, but with appeals to the Immigration Appeal Division or to the Federal Court when sponsorship applications are refused. With an in-depth understanding of all aspects of the law related to family sponsorships and an excellent success rate, his firm offers a level of expertise and service unsurpassed in the legal industry.

Mr. Jeffery holds a law degree from the prestigious Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is Certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by the Law Society of Ontario, which is recognition of his expert status in this field. With many years of experience in all aspects of family sponsorship law, Matthew Jeffery has the expertise needed to successfully guide his clients through Canada’s complicated immigration system.

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Fill out our FREE Assessment form to see if you qualify to sponsor your spouse or partner. If our assessment indicates that you are qualified as a sponsor, we will contact you within one to three business day(s) and provide further information to help you start the process!

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Today I won my spousal appeal case. I would like to express my most sincere thanks for the most professional representation. Mr. Jeffrey and his staff worked hard to ensure my success. I admire their work ethic and most of all excellent representation. I feel I have won my life back because of Mr. Jeffrey despite the complexity of my case. I want to thank Maryam for her hard work and her dedication to my case. I would recommend and trust Mr. Jeffery for all types of immigration cases.

Roya Aghashirin

I used Matthew Jeffrey’s legal services for my husband’s appeal process and I am so glad I did! I wish I would have done this from the beginning of the sponsorship process but I’m happy I had the team on my side when it mattered. Absolutely professional, courteous and realistic (about options, upfront about costs and realistic total cost). They were by my side, advising me throughout my appeal process and hearing. Highly recommend!

Roxie Iliuta

My husband and I highly recommend this lawyer office for spousal sponsorship. Special recognition goes to John. All of our questions and concerns were addressed in a timely manner and explained well. Because of them, my husband from Guyana was able to come to Canada to live with me. The process was completed in about 14 months (despite covid delays).

Kait L

Congratulations to this lawyer he did a perfect job during my spousal sponsorship , thanks to God and to Matthew Jeffery I'm with my wife in Canada as PR. I highly recommend this lawyer!!!

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