Are you ready to begin your life in Canada with your fiancé? Does one (1) of the following two (2) scenarios apply to you:
If you answered yes to one, then you may be eligible to sponsor your fiancé. For both options, being legally married is not a requirement.
For many, this is the only route available to bring their fiancé to Canada and obtain permanent residency. The good news is that the requirements for the applicant are much lower than other routes to permanent residency, such as Express Entry. If your fiancé has children, they can be included in the sponsorship application. The sponsored partner is referred to as the “Applicant”.
To be eligible to sponsor your fiancé you must meet the following requirements:
If you have lived with your fiancé/partner in a married-like relationship for more than 1-year continuously, you may be eligible to sponsor your fiancé under the common law sponsorship route.
If your fiancé is residing inside Canada, they may apply under the Inland Common Law Sponsorship route.
Note: if your fiancé does not have valid legal status in Canada, they do not qualify for the open work permit
The main advantage of using the Outland Common Law Sponsorship application is that you will be able to exit and enter the country while the application is being processed. For applicants who have commitments abroad such as family or employment, they are free to attend to their commitments, while also having the option to remain with their partner in Canada.
There are many couples which are neither married nor in a common-law relationship. Situations often arise outside the couple’s control that prevent them from either living together or getting married. Fortunately, you may still be able to sponsor your partner through the conjugal sponsorship route.
Eligibility conjugal partner sponsorship is similar to that of married/common law couples, but with a few key differences. The parties must be:
The reason why you and your partner cannot get married or live together must be carefully explained. It is especially important that the reason be something you cannot control, such as legal, social, religious, or political reasons. Sometimes it may be self-evident, as with a same-sex couple from a country where marriages are not permitted or even recognized.
Immigration officers will examine the efforts and attempts you and your partner have made to deal with these circumstances, such as previous attempts to reunify through a visitor visa application.
Waiting a significant length of time after separation before starting an application could be interpreted as evidence that the relationship is not strong if the status quo were acceptable for so many months or years.
Demonstrating that your relationship is genuine is a pivotal aspect for both common law and conjugal sponsorship applications. Couples must demonstrate to the immigration officer that you are a loving and committed couple Officers are always looking carefully for signs of immigration fraud through phony relationships.
Depending on the length and nature of your relationship, examples of evidence supporting a genuine relation include:
If you and your partner are living together, joint documents showing both your names and/or address will add to the genuineness of the relationship. Examples include utility bills, drivers license, insurance, etc.
A personal statement allows you the opportunity to explain your love story to the officer, from the moment the relationship began.
Sponsoring your fiancé can be a time-consuming and confusing process due to all the requirements, fees and steps to be taken. It’s not just about obtaining the mandatory documentation and submitting your application. To ensure you have the highest chances of success, you must go above and beyond what is simply required.
At VisaPath, our representatives are highly trained and experienced and can thoroughly guide you through the process to ensure the best possible chances of success. We have handled sponsorship applications from all walks of life and with a high success rate.
If you have any questions or personal inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-477- 2545 to book a consultation.