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This is the form where you give your personal information and your sponsored spouse/partner’s information to the government. Most importantly, you sign a declaration that you are assuming the responsibilities that are part of sponsoring a spouse/partner to Canada. The responsibilities are listed near the end of the form.
As well, if you have any previous or ongoing issues with IRCC – deportation orders, support payments not made for a previous sponsorship, any criminal convictions, etc. – you have to list them in the Sponsor Eligibility Assessment section. In this example, we have kept the form simple and answered “No” to all those questions but answering “Yes” to any of those may cause your sponsorship to be deemed ineligible.
If you believe that you may have to answer yes to any of these questions, you should consider getting advice from an experienced immigration consultant or lawyer.
Completing the Application to Sponsor and Undertaking of the IMM 1344
Question 1 asks you to choose an option in case you are deemed ineligible to sponsor your spouse/partner:
- Withdraw the application and get a partial refund, OR
- Proceed with the application and get NO refund.
The first option is for if you will not be appealing any decision finding you ineligible to sponsor. It is the “safe/cautious” option. You might consider this if you have a history with IRCC that includes the following:
- Previous sponsorships that involved those sponsored going on social assistance, incurring a debt with the government that you haven’t repaid in full yet
- Missing payments on an immigration loan for things like transportation, assistance, or permanent residence fees
- Missing support payments to a spouse or child
- Not having paid into an agreed-upon performance bond
- You were sponsored to come to Canada within the last 5 years
- Any violent crimes against a long list of relatives (partners/spouses & their children, grandparents, parents, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins … etc.).
The second option is for if you are willing to appeal that decision. It may mean paying a lawyer or immigration consultant to handle the appeals process. This is the more “aggressive/assertive” option. Choose this option if you feel that the specific issue that made you ineligible to sponsor will soon be fixed by you. You should consult with a lawyer or immigration consultant to see the steps necessary to solve the issue (generally one of the ones listed above).
For Question 2, your options are only English and French.
For Question 3 you should answer “No”. This is because you cannot have a co-signer if you are sponsoring a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner.
Questions 4 & 5: Provide full name and date of birth of your sponsored spouse/partner.
Question 6: Choose the nature of your relationship with the person you are sponsoring, which in this case is one of the following 4 options:
- Common-law partner
- Conjugal partner
- Parent (if you are also sponsoring your child with the spouse/partner or their child).
If your sponsored spouse/partner will not be in Canada for the full application process then choose Spouse Living Outside Canada. If you are sponsoring a conjugal partner, then provide the date on which you met.
Please note: You will very likely have to provide more proof of your conjugal relationship in the case of a conjugal partner you are sponsoring.
As well, if you are a Canadian citizen living abroad with your sponsored spouse/partner you will have to provide proof that you intend to return to Canada and live in Canada with your spouse/ partner. Keep this in mind as you gather your documents further on in the application process.
If you are a permanent resident living abroad for work you cannot sponsor your partner until you return to Canada.
Completing the Sponsor Personal Details in the IMM 1344
Question 1: Make sure your name is exactly as shown in your passport. If you don’t have a family name then enter all your given names in the Given Names field(box).
Question 2: Only fill this in if you have had/used different names in the past (aliases, nicknames, maiden names etc.)
Question 4: Use an asterisk (*) if you don’t know your complete birth date: for example, 1992/*/03 if you are unsure of the month you were born.
Question 8: Make sure you write your current marital status (not previous ones). Go here for a list of the different marital status states. Remember to include the date:
- Of your marriage OR
- The date your relationship became common-law (this is NOT the same as the date you met).
How to Comple the Sponsor Contact Information on the IMM 1344
This is the address where your correspondence from IRCC will be sent unless you indicate an email address further below in the form. So, remember, if you do indicate an email address, look for any communication from IRCC in your inbox of that email address.
How to Complete the Sponsor Eligibility Assessment in the IMM 1344
This section of form IMM 1344 is key. Be very careful answering these questions because they deal with any outstanding issues you may have with IRCC that could cause you to be ineligible.
As we stated above, if you have a reasonable expectation that the issue or issues that may be resolved soon then go ahead and apply – but remember to check “Yes” if those issues are unresolved at the time you submit your application.
You may have to later prove to IRCC that these issues have been since resolved in order to show you are eligible to be a sponsor. As well, please understand that this could delay your application.
In other words, it is probably safer to wait until all those eligibility issues for your as a sponsor have been resolved before you apply to sponsor your spouse/partner. Of course, sometimes that may not be possible, and you wish to go ahead and apply before they are resolved. That decision is up to you.
What follows below is a list of the responsibilities you will undertake as a sponsor. You should review them and be familiar with them. When you sign and date this form, you are legally assuming responsibility for the sponsored person in a number of ways that could impact you if you later get divorced or if they seek social assistance, for example.
Undertaking by Sponsor and Co-Signer (if applicable) in the IMM 1344
Finally, the sponsor must agree to the following:
(We have not included a screenshot of the actual declaration but all it says is that you agree to the above.)
As a final note on form IMM 1344, if as in this case, you are sponsoring a spouse/partner, they CANNOT be a co-signer so they SHOULD NOT sign the middle line and only sign and date the bottom line.
You the sponsor sign and date the top line.
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