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Family unification is a fundamental aspect of the Canadian Immigration System and as such, Canadian Permanent Residents and Citizens have the ability to sponsor members of the Family Class for Permanent Residence in Canada.
As Canada considers many different relationships, you also have the ability to sponsor a Common Law Partner. A Common Law Partner is someone whom you have or continue to cohabitate with for a period of at least twelve months in a marriage like committed relationship.
The First step to any sponsorship application is ensuring that you are eligible to sponsor. In order to qualify as a sponsor, you must:
In order to sponsor a common law partner, or be considered in a common law relation, you must:
If you are in a relationship as indicated above, you may qualify to sponsor your common law partner. You should also note that as of October 25, 2012, sponsored spouses and common law partners must live with their sponsor for two years from the time they receive their permanent resident status in Canada.
This applies to you if:
Cohabitation means that you and your foreign spouse are living together. Cohabitation for the purposes of immigration means continuous living together for one year, not sporadic or intermittent cohabitation. In order to be considered as cohabiting, you and your foreign partner must have combined your affairs and set up your household together in one house.
If you are sponsoring your Common-law partner, you must provide proof relating to the nature of your joint household to demonstrate that you and your partner are cohabitating in a conjugal relationship. Some of the types of evidence you can include in your relationship include the following:
The following are key components that officer may use to identify legitimacy of the common law:
As Citizenship and Immigration Canada takes into account all different types of relationships, Common Law Partners qualify to be sponsored. In order to be considered in a Common Law relationship, you will need to have lived with your sponsor for a minimum of 12 months. You will also need to sign a Statutory Declaration of Common Law Union, which is a sworn attestation of your relationship.
When sponsoring a member of the Family Class, aside from the basic documentation like your identity documents or status documents, you will need to strongly demonstrate the genuineness of your relationship. In addition to this, you will need to provide documentation that attests to your cohabitation.
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