top of page
  • Writer's pictureHossein Alavi, RCIC

Understanding Differences Between Spouse, Common-Law Partner, Conjugal Partner

Updated: Apr 10

Sponsorship in Canada: Differences Between Spouse, Common-Law Partner, Conjugal Partner

Family reunification is a cornerstone of Canada's immigration policy. To facilitate this process, the country offers a variety of family sponsorship categories that allow Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their loved ones to join them. In this blog post, we will provide a detailed overview of the different family sponsorship categories, focusing on eligibility criteria, application processes, and requirements. Furthermore, we will discuss how Immigrative's professional services can help you navigate the sponsorship process successfully.

A Guide to Traveling Outside Canada as an International Student


A spouse is a person who is legally married to the sponsor, either in Canada or in a foreign country. To qualify for sponsorship, the sponsor and the spouse must provide evidence of a genuine and continuing relationship, such as joint bank accounts, shared utility bills, and photographs.

Common-Law Partner

A common-law partner is a person who has lived with the sponsor in a conjugal relationship for at least one year. Unlike marriage, there is no legal ceremony required to become common-law partners. However, the couple must provide evidence that they have cohabited for at least one year and have a genuine and continuing relationship.

Conjugal Partner

A conjugal partner is a person who cannot qualify as a spouse or common-law partner but has a relationship akin to a marriage or common-law partnership. This category is intended for situations where the couple cannot live together due to extenuating circumstances such as immigration barriers or legal restrictions in their home country. To qualify, the couple must provide evidence that they have been in a committed and exclusive relationship for at least one year, have maintained regular communication, and have made efforts to live together.

Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex couples in Canada have the same eligibility criteria and requirements as opposite-sex couples when it comes to spousal sponsorship. Same-sex couples who are legally married, in a common-law relationship, or a conjugal partnership are eligible to apply for spousal sponsorship in Canada.

In summary, spousal sponsorship in Canada is a complex process that requires careful consideration of eligibility criteria and application procedures. Understanding the differences between spouse, common-law partner, and conjugal partner is crucial when considering the most appropriate option for your situation. Seeking professional guidance can help ensure that your application is complete, accurate, and meets all the necessary requirements. At Immigrative, we are here to help you navigate the spousal sponsorship process and reunite with your loved ones in Canada.

At Immigrative, we specialize in providing personalized assistance for spousal sponsorship applications, ensuring a smooth and efficient process. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing comprehensive guidance on eligibility requirements, documentation, and application procedures for each sponsorship category. We can assist with document preparation, review, and submission, ensuring that your application meets all necessary requirements. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you bring your loved ones to Canada.


This blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For personalized advice regarding your specific immigration situation, it is recommended to consult with an authorized immigration professional.

About the Author:

This blog post is authored by Hossein Alavi, RCIC, a seasoned Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and the founder and CEO of Immigrative Visa Services Inc. and EduPal Canada. With over ten years of experience in the education and immigration sectors, he is dedicated to assisting individuals and companies with their Canadian immigration needs. Contact Immigrative Visa Services Inc. today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward realizing your Canadian dream.


Join the Club

Subscribe to our club for exclusive insights and updates on navigating your immigration journey.

Thanks for submitting!

Our Clients Say

(Translated by Google) It is a super serious and recommended agency, thanks to them in August we will arrive in Canada
Daniel Sarmiento
(Translated by Google) I want to share my experience from the beginning, they were always very attentive with the messages, calls in the process, a very good quality, the professionalism is noticeable, thanks to this, today I am very happy since I will be able to meet my mother, what an excellent service, highly recommended.
Andres Moreno
bottom of page