Time and time again, Canada proves to those around the world that it’s one of the most immigrant-friendly nations regardless of where people come from or why they make the move.
From refugees seeking asylum to same-sex couples looking for a safe haven where they can get married, the Great White North has become synonymous with opportunities and freedom thanks to its lenient policies. Although it started its immigration-friendly efforts with a strong push from the get-go, the government has doubled down on its efforts with far more lenient policies, even more so when it comes to sponsoring partners.
An overview of sponsoring non-Canadian partners
In recent years, many Canadians have become increasingly concerned about the possibility of bringing their partners from other countries to live with them through permanent residency. Fortunately, the government has seen this increased need to create the “spousal sponsorship” program, which is overseen by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Through this process, any Canadian citizen or permanent resident can bring their non-Canadian partner into the country to live together with a better quality of life and no borders in the way!
The technicalities at play, and which couples are eligible
Generally, the spousal sponsorship program isn’t necessarily one that applies to married couples as it also considers other unions during the application process. If you’re currently away from your partner because of citizenship differences and want them to live with you in Canada, then you have a shot at being eligible for spousal sponsorship so as long as you fall under the following categories:
1. Marital Relationships
Couples who have tied the knot legally in any country that is recognized in Canada and are consistent with the law can seek sponsorship for their application as long as one spouse is a Canadian citizen or resident. It is also vital to note, however, that authorities will request for a marriage certificate to demonstrate the legality of their union as a supporting document.
2. Conjugal Partner Relationships
This relationship is defined as a type of union that involves two people who have been in a marriage-like state for at least one year but have not been able to continuously live together because of circumstances. While it may be a more accessible opening for couples who wish to live together in Canada, it is quite difficult to seek a sponsorship based on it because proving the relationship as a marriage-like one is a challenge in itself.
3. Common-Law Relationships or Partnerships
As opposed to conjugal partner relationships, common-law partnerships are defined as non-married couples who have been consistently living together for at least a year. In the eyes of the IRCC, this type of relationship bears the same legal weight as a marriage, but couples applying under this status are required to provide shared bills, leases, and rental agreements in both of their names.
For any couple seeking a better life in another country, there’s no doubt that Canada is a destination well worth considering. Nevertheless, it’s also necessary to determine if your relationship is eligible for such a privilege. By taking this guide into mind, you’ll be able to best ensure that your efforts towards living a comfortable and safe life in the Great White North are as successful as can be!
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