The coronavirus has made life a little more challenging for everyone. For example, business owners have had to slow their operations to limit the virus’s spread. Many more have had to confine themselves indoors, forcing them to create new routines.
If you have been planning to marry a non-Canadian this year and are worried about the pandemic getting in the way, rest assured that your marriage will likely push through, and getting your spouse into the country is still a possible option.
However, the outbreak still presents challenges that you will have to overcome. Here are the considerations you need to make if you want to marry a non-Canadian amid the pandemic.
1. Travel Restrictions
Travel restrictions are strict during this time. If you plan to travel to get married, you first need to ensure that your destination is accessible. As of this writing, Canada is under strict restrictions about allowing foreign nationals to enter the country. In fact, even those with a valid visa to enter the country will not be allowed in.
If you plan to fly your spouse into Canada to get married, you will have to consider other options. Do note that this is temporary, and the rules and regulations can change depending on the COVID-19 situation.
2. Marriage by Proxy
You may be considering marriage by proxy, which means that one spouse will not be present for the wedding, and someone else will be taking their place. Some countries may recognize this as an official wedding, but Canada does not.
Canada requires that both spouses be present at the wedding at the same time for the wedding to become official. The only exception to this rule is if you are working under the Canadian armed forces. Otherwise, a remote marriage will not work.
3. Common-Law and Conjugal Partnerships
If you have cohabited with your partner for at least a year, you are eligible for common-law partnerships. With this type of partnership, you can fly your spouse into Canada, given they have the evidence to support your past living arrangement.
On the other hand, if you have not cohabited with your partner for more than a year, you will need to opt for a conjugal partnership. Note that being eligible for these partnerships does not mean that your spouse can automatically enter Canada. You need to provide enough evidence to the immigration officer to support your eligibility.
Getting married during the pandemic is challenging but not impossible. If you and your spouse want to get married now, you may need to consult with an immigration professional to find the possible solutions for your situation. Otherwise, sit down and talk with your spouse about the option of delaying the marriage plans until a more feasible date.
While it is entirely possible to push through with your wedding now, it might make more sense to wait for the meantime, especially when you consider the risks involved. If you want to go through with your wedding despite the situation, it might be best to reach out to an immigration firm for help.
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