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Proof of Relationship Letter (Sample Included)

Updated: May 15

Proof of relationship letters of support from family and friends can make the spousal sponsorship application stronger and can be an important proof of relationship.

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Proof of Relationship Letter (Sample Included)

A key part of spousal sponsorship applications is the determination of the genuineness of the applicant’s relationship with the sponsor. Applicants must provide extensive proof of their relationship including proof of relationship letters or letters of support for immigration from friends and family, proof of joint ownership, wedding invitations, photos, and much more. All these documents serve one purpose: Convincing the officer that the relationship is genuine.

One such document is a proof of relationship letter, also known as a relationship support letter or a letter of support for immigration through spousal sponsorship. This relationship letter of support is used to provide further evidence that the relationship of the applicant with the sponsor is recognized by close friends and family members. A strong proof of relationship letter can be instrumental in proving the genuineness of the relationship, especially when it comes from close family members such as parents, siblings, and close friends of the couple. 

The Proof of Relationship letter of support is not stated as a mandatory requirement in IRCC’s document checklist for spousal sponsorship. However, we strongly recommend our clients submit letters of support for immigration from family members and close friends to strengthen their application and increase their chances of success. This is especially true for applications where the proof for the relationship is weak because of lack of family involvement, fairly recent marriages with short duration of cohabitation, and low attendance at the couple’s wedding. You have to make sure that you are avoiding the common mistakes people make with spousal sponsorship and show how you are meeting the requirements for sponsorship.

Are you submitting your own spousal sponsorship application? Click here for a guide answering common questions about spousal sponsorship. 

Need Guidance on Your Spousal Sponsorship Application?

We can help. Our team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) is experienced in spousal sponsorship applications, from simple to complex cases. We pride ourselves on our thoroughness and ability to deal with complex situations for a high success rate.

5 key points that every Proof of Relationship letter of support for immigration should include for a strong spousal sponsorship application:

1. Relationship to the Couple

The writer of the letter of support for immigration should show that they are close with the couple. If they prove strong ties with the couple, it makes their words even more impactful. They should mention how long they have known the couple.

2. Introduction to the Couple & Perception of the Relationship

Provide details about how they met the couple and became aware of the relationship. In the letter of support for immigration, they should talk about why they think the sponsor and the applicant make a good couple and bring positivity into each other’s lives.

3. Positive and Emotional Stories Showing Proof of Relationship

Positive stories about the couple show the officer that the couple closely interacted with their friends and family members. Since spousal sponsorship requires proving the relationship, the writer can be emotional in the letter of support for immigration and share instances that show how the couple interacts with each other.  

4. Explicit Statement of Genuineness and Proof of Marriage

Include a conclusive statement in the letter of support for immigration that, in their judgment, the couple is in a real, ongoing, genuine relationship based on their experience and knowledge. It’s important to include this clear statement so that the visa officer can determine the message from the letter and see that the writer supports the relationship.

5. Contact Information

The immigration officer may contact the writer of the proof of relationship letter if further information or clarification is required. This also demonstrates their confidence in the couple and their determination to help prove the couple’s genuineness.

The Proof of Relationship letter of support for immigration is one method to provide further evidence about the genuineness of the spousal sponsorship application. A relationship letter is an important letter for marriage support. However, since the onus is on the applicant to prove the genuineness of their relationship with the sponsorship, the spousal sponsorship application often requires documents not included in the standard checklist. If you are completing your application on your own, a review of your final application by an immigration professional can help you assess the strength of the application and get feedback to further improve your chances of success. You can check our pricing for review services here

To make it easier for you to interpret the above tips, we have included a sample Proof of Relationship letter of support for immigration through spousal sponsorship. We have also compiled a guide listing answers to common questions related to spousal sponsorship which can be accessed here.

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Our Services for Spousal Sponsorship Applications

Want to ensure you have a successful spousal sponsorship application? We can help! We pride ourselves on our high success rate with thoroughly made spousal sponsorship applications. We have done a range of simple to extremely complex applications. We are especially familiar with the complications of LGBTQ+ spousal sponsorships in certain countries and other complex cases and know how to navigate these complications to create a strong application. 

We offer the following services for those looking for assistance with spousal sponsorship applications:

  1. Consultations - This is for individuals who are completing their entire application on their own and want to ask questions about specific parts of their application. You can use as many consultations as you need to get your questions answered and parts of your application reviewed. You can book a consultation here: Book a Consultation With an RCIC

  2. Full Application Review - Since spousal sponsorship applications are complex, it is a good idea to get them reviewed for correctness and strength. You can book a review of your application here: Spousal Sponsorship Application Review

  3. Complete Application - We offer full representation services for spousal sponsorship applications where we prepare your entire file and submit it on your behalf. This is recommended for complex applications. You can request a quote for our services here: Request a Quote

Please note that if you choose to retain our full services after consultation or review, we will adjust the consultation fee to our full retainer fee. Conditions Apply. 

A Cautionary Note: The foregoing provides only an overview and does not constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal advice should be obtained, and the readers are asked to refer to the government website for the most updated information.


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