Canadians have a history of promoting equal rights for same sex couples, like marriage, spousal benefits, and spousal sponsorship. Canada became one of the first countries outside Europe to legalize same sex marriage nationwide in 2005.
Beginning in 2003, the process started as a series of court cases legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples across nine of Canada’s thirteen provinces. In 2005 marriage equality became legal nationwide, and in 2006 this process upheld. This recognition of same sex couples granted the same rights and those of traditional couples, meaning that spousal sponsorship privileges would also apply.
Spousal Sponsorship: The Process
Spousal sponsorship is based on the idea that there is one member of the relationship who is living in Canada as a citizen or as a permanent resident. This spouse can act as the sponsor for the non-resident and help him or her obtain citizenship. The process of obtaining sponsorship is a two-step process.