How do I sponsor my spouse or partner if they’re living outside Canada?

2. Get your documents

Your checklist will say which documents you need to include with your application. For example, you need to include:

  • proof of your status in Canada as a or citizen
  • proof of your status under the Indian Act
  • an identity document, such as a passport, for your or partner
  • a document, such as a marriage certificate, that proves you're legally married, if you're sponsoring your spouse
  • proof that your relationship with your spouse or partner is genuine

You can usually send photocopies but Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires originals of documents from certain countries. If you've selected the countries that you need documents from, your package will include the instructions for that country.

If you don't include all the required documents, IRCC will send the application back as incomplete. So, if you cannot get a document that IRCC requires, explain why and ask IRCC not to send the application back.

Translations

If a document is not in English or French, you need to get it translated to one of those languages.

You need to give IRCC:

A certified translator is someone who's a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial organization of translators and interpreters in Canada. They can make certified copies of the documents.

If the translator is not a certified translator, you also need to include an affidavit from the translator saying that the translation is true and complete.

The translator has to sign the affidavit in front of someone with the required authority in the country where the affidavit is being signed. In Canada, this is one of the following:

  • a
  • a commissioner of oaths
  • a commissioner of taking affidavits

The translator cannot be you or your or .

Photograph

The photograph that you include will be used for your spouse or partner's permanent resident card. The photograph must follow all of IRCC’s rules.

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