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Applications for permanent residence in Canada will include the principal applicant and all of his her dependants as defined under "dependant" in paragraph 2(1) of Immigration Regulations. This means the applicant must include his or her spouse and all dependant children plus any dependant children of the spouse. The applicant and all dependants must be determined to be admissible, even if they have no intention of accompanying the principal applicant, in order for visas to be issued to the principal applicant or any dependants. The Immigration Regulations define spouse as someone of the opposite sex to whom an individual is joined in marriage. Due to this definition, sponsorship of same sex and common law spouses or inclusion of same sex or common law spouse of independent, refugee or other applicant is conventionally excluded.