Video Tutorial: Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union IMM5409


The Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union Form Number IMM5409 is typically used in spousal sponsorship applications where the applicants are not married.

A common-law couple must have lived together for at least one year, and also have intermingled financial or other affairs.

This form is required as part of the application and requires the couple to swear (or affirm) that they are in fact a common-law couple.  However, you should not include only this form as evidence of your common-law status.  You should include as many pieces of evidence as you can to show that you are in a committed, marriage-like relationship.  Click here for some ideas.

The video below provides some guidance on key aspects of completing the form that people miss or simply do not consider.

As with all of our videos, this video does not contain legal advice.  You should only complete the form with the instructions provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  You are also advised to seek legal advice for your application, as all applicants and circumstances are unique, and you may require additional evidence for your application to be successful.

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