Sponsoring your Cuban spouse for permanent residence in Canada will require you to submit proof of your relationship with your spouse. In most cases of marriages between Canadians and Cubans, the couple has not had the opportunity to live together prior to applying for sponsorship. This makes the task of proving the legitimacy of your relationship to Canadian Immigration a little more challenging, but there might be a few things you can do to add merit to your application.
Sponsoring Your Spouse for Permanent Residence in Canada?
Sponsoring your Cuban spouse for permanent residence in Canada will require you to submit proof of your relationship with your spouse in the form of supporting documents. In most cases of marriages between Canadians and Cubans, the couple has not had the opportunity to live together prior to applying for sponsorship. This makes the task of proving the legitimacy of your relationship to Canadian Immigration a little more challenging, but there might be a few things you can do to add merit to your application.
Ten Extra Things to Add to Your Application
- Letters from Friends
- You can include signed and dated letters from your friends explaining their relationship and experiences with you and your spouse.
- Receipts from Gifts you Bought for Your Cuban spouse
- You are likely buying some sort of presents for your Cuban spouse and it doesn’t hurt to include the receipts from these purchases, as well as pictures of your spouse receiving the gift.
- Phone Bills from your Family
- If your family has contact with your Cuban spouse, it is a good idea that they also keep documentation of their phone bills and emails to submit with your sponsorship application.
- Receipts and Proof of Changes In Your Home
- If you are moving or making changes in your home to accommodate your Cuban spouse and his or her children, this documentation and explanation can be included in your sponsorship application.
- Messages on the Backs of Photos
- In the age of Facebook, we don’t often print pictures and write the date, location, and a fun message on the back. But when submitting photos with your application, it is recommended to include these things written on the reverse of the photo.
- Notes, Cards, and Letters
- If you have exchanged cards for birthdays or your anniversary, including these (or scans of them) will only strengthen your application package.
- Screen Shots of Facebook Relationship Status
- Nothing is real until it hits Facebook… including a marriage to a Cuban.
- Print Out of SMS text messages
- This one is a little harder, but if you communicate with your Cuban spouse via SMS text you can include these conversations in your sponsorship package. There are downloadable apps that will change your SMS conversations into a jpeg, and in the worst case scenario you can take and print screen shots from your phone.
- Timeline of your Relationship
- You have to provide a basic timeline of your relationship in the sponsorship application (time of meeting and marriage, meeting of family and friends, etc), however you can include a more detailed timeline including things like your first kiss, first dance, first time to say I love you, first fight, anniversary and milestone celebrations.
- Keepsakes from Your Trips to Cuba
- In nearly all cases, you will be travelling to Cuba on a somewhat regular basis to visit your Cuban spouse or fiancé before they are granted their visa. If you keep certain special items that are important to your relationship, documentation (pictures and written explanation) can be included as proof of your relationship.
Riley Haas has been a leading expert since 2011 on immigration matters, with hundreds of publications online. Published author of three books about political philosophy, the Beatles and the Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively. BA from Bishop’s University, MA from McMaster University. You follow Riley on Substack https://rileyhaas.substack.com.