Canadian Immigration: Common-Law vs. Spousal Relationships

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Canadian Immigration: Common-Law vs. Spousal Relationships

Canada is one of the most non-discriminatory countries in the world. With plenty of nationalities living within its borders that respect each other’s different backgrounds, Canada is one of the most diverse places to live in. Knowing this has made many people from different parts of the world appreciate Canada for all their work to achieve equality and acceptance. 

Many people are likely wondering about spousal and common-law partner sponsorships. Perhaps you are married to or marrying a Canadian citizen or have lived-in together with someone but have not officially tied the knot. Fortunately, Canadian immigration policies don’t favour specific types of relationships when it comes to sponsorship. However, this means that all kinds of potential sponsorships are subject to the same amount of screening by the Canadian government.

Now, what differentiates a common-law relationship from having a spouse? Today’s article will tackle the sponsorship aspect of Canadian immigration services: 

Common-Law Relationships VS. Married Couples

When it comes to common-law relationships, these people often live a similar lifestyle to married couples. This type of relationship means living together for a prerequisite amount of time, but are not married by legal definition. Married couples have gone through the process of marriage, which includes the license and certificates that state they are spouses. Spouses often share relationship responsibilities and have a different operational background than the former type of relationship mentioned. 

What Does Canadian Immigration Say About This?

Canadian immigration law applies to both of these relationships, with the main difference being how common-law partners present their proof of verification. Married couples can easily show a government document stating that they got married and the event details. 

Common-law partners will often receive heightened suspicions since their lack of legal binding poses more fraud risks. This dynamic does not mean they always have a lesser chance of being granted Canadian citizenship. It just requires a more exhaustive list of documentation. 

What Are Documents That Can Be Used as Proof?

Some of the best proof documents used are joint bank accounts shared by the common-law couple. These include all kinds of savings, checking, and credit card statements that prove both parties’ activity in the relationship. Additionally, property rental or purchases with a joint signature are useful pieces of proof that a couple is actually a common-law partnership. Lastly, statutory declarations help prove that the relationship is genuine and continuing, which can also be supplemented by photos and other receipts.

Other Things to Note

Asides from all the documents needed as proof of a continuing and genuine relationship, common-law and married couples both fall under the same legal framework. This framework ensures that both kinds of couples get the same rights as one another, such as being able to sponsor a dependent to be a permanent resident of Canada. 

Sponsorship is the same for all permanent residents or citizens that wish to bring their families to Canada to live. The rule is that common-law partners cannot sponsor another partner after successfully sponsoring someone else until after five years. Additionally, in terms of dependents, those sponsored must be under 19 years old and not married or in a common-law partnership. 

Take note that being the common-law sponsor entails all the partnership’s responsibilities, similar to being in a married relationship. This means having financial records that prove that caring for the partner being sponsored is possible. 

Conclusion

Canada is non-discriminatory in many ways and multiple aspects of life. However, moving to Canada is not as simple as signing up and waiting. Immigration consultants can assist with all the proper documentation and fees that need to be paid to become a citizen. By putting in the appropriate work, all dreams can be made true. So what are you waiting for? Canada awaits!

If you’re looking for professional help from a trusted firm please contact us at info@brightimmigration.com or call 1-888-404-8472.

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