IMM 5409

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I am not quite sure so I wouldn't take my word for it but I would just tick never married and then check common law.
Are you currently in Canada?
If so I would try calling CIC.

If you are common-law, check common-law.

Quote from: Fiore on December 23, 2009, 10:44:32 am

Also, when it asks your marital status, either for the sponsor or the sponsored person, what should we tick, Never married (since neither of us have been married before) or Common-law (since we are in a common-law relationship)?
We want to do everything correctly so sometimes something that seems easy it may confuse us even more!  ???

We were informed by CIC that we should not include the IM5409 UNLESS one has a co-signer.  They stated that one should get a notarized statement based on the IMM5409, i.e. a legal declaration of a common law union, along with notarized letters of support from family/friends but that the IMM5409 was to be used for sponsorship of other family members where the sponsor had a co-signer to meet LICO. 

If you are applying as common law partners then you must check the common law box - do not check never married as the application could be returned to you.

All that IMM 5409 says is that "yes, we are a common-law couple and this is why". If you are in a common-law union, it can't possibly hurt to include it - if CIC doesn't need it, they just won't look at it. So I'd say include it even if it's not necessary. If it's not too much trouble.

Thank you very much for the advise! :D


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