Appellant's Guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference re: Sponsorship Appeals - ADDENDUM – Marriage, Common-law or Conjugal Partner Cases

IAD.08a Addendum - Marriage/Partner
October 2006

What kind of documents should I provide as disclosure before the ADR Conference?

In this kind of case, one of the reasons for refusal of your sponsorship may be that the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officer did not believe you have a genuine marriage, or a genuine common-law or conjugal partner relationship, and that you entered into this relationship primarily for immigration purposes.

At a hearing or an ADR Conference, you should try to show:

  • how you met your spouse or partner and how your relationship developed;
  • how long you have known your spouse or partner;
  • the circumstances of your marriage or common-law/conjugal relationship, including the knowledge and involvement of your families;
  • what you did after you got married or started your conjugal relationship, including what contact you have had with your spouse or partner;
  • what you know about each other;
  • what you plan for your future together; and
  • any other information that may help your appeal.

You should come prepared to deal with all of the reasons the CIC officer gave for refusing your spouse's or partner's application.

Some of the important documents that would be useful to bring to a hearing or an ADR Conference would be evidence such as letters, telephone bills, photographs, videocassettes, airline tickets, passports, receipts for gifts or money sent by either spouse or partner, etc. If the written information or documents that you want to use were not already provided to the Immigration Appeal Division or Minister's counsel, then you must provide it no later than 10 days before the ADR Conference.

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