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Conjugal partner

A person 16 years of age or older of the same or different sex who has maintained a marital relationship with the sponsor for at least one year and is living outside Canada.

Co-signing spouse

Your spouse or de facto spouse may sign the undertaking form. Your spouse then also becomes jointly and severally liable with you for this undertaking.

The co-signing spouse must meet the same conditions as the sponsor. He or she undertakes to provide for the basic needs of the sponsored persons and assumes the same responsibilities as the sponsor.

Dependent child

A biological child of either parent who has not been adopted by a person other than the spouse or de facto spouse of either parent; or an adopted child of either parent.

One of the following situations applies to this child:

  • He/she is under 22 years of age and is neither married (he/she is single, widowed or divorced) nor a de facto spouse.
  • He/she is still substantially dependent on the financial support of either parent, is 22 years of age or older and, at least since his/her 22nd birthday, has been unable to support himself/herself due to a physical or mental disability.

This definition also extends to the child of a dependent child.

Spouse

Spouse or de facto spouse

Spouse
A married person 16 years of age or older who:

  • Was not, at the time of marriage, another person’s spouse
  • Is not the de facto spouse of another person who has been separated from his or her spouse for at least one year


De facto spouse

A person 16 years of age or older of the same or different sex who:

  • Has been living in a marital relationship with the sponsor or the principal sponsored person for at least one year
  • Has had a marital relationship with the sponsor or the principal sponsored person for at least one year, but is not able to live with him or her due to persecution or penal control
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