How to Sponsor Your Common-Law Partner Into Canada

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How to Sponsor Your Common-Law Partner Into Canada

You’ve found love outside of Canada, and the only way to top off your fairytale romance is to sponsor your loved one is through Spousal Sponsorship. Fortunately, Canada is among the most welcoming countries, regardless of where your spouse is currently residing. 

Under Family Class Immigration, both Canadian and foreign nationals must obtain approval from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Depending on your circumstances, you might decide to pursue the Outland Program. 

What is Outland Sponsorship?

The Outland Program is ideal for sponsored persons who need to travel in and out of the country during the application process. However, sponsored persons living in the country can just as easily apply. Whether the person may re enter Canada after exiting is up to immigration authorities. 

Applicants process documents with their home visa office and processing times may vary. In married and common-law partnerships, the CIC is quick to respond, processing applications within twelve months to facilitate family members’ speedy reunification.

The Basics of Inland Spousal or Common-Law Partnership Sponsorships

This policy allows the Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor their partner if they are already residing together in the country. Through this type of sponsorship, the foreign spouse or common-law partner can apply to become a permanent resident. However, they must already hold a valid temporary status in Canada via a work or study permit or visitor visa. 

In contrast to Outland processes, Inland procedures might be eligible for an Open Work Permit while waiting to facilitate their application. Even without a confirmed offer of employment, the party in question can build up savings during the lengthy application timeline. However, Open Work Permits are only considered if submitted along with an application for permanent residency. 

In some cases, the CIC will require an interview for this type of permit, along with additional documents. Note that individuals working or studying in Canada without the proper documentation are at risk of facing severe legal repercussions. 

If the application for permanent residency is rejected, the person in question must immediately exit the country after their temporary stay. Should the applicant leave the country amid the application process, there is no guarantee of reentry, particularly if they require a visitor visa. 

What Documents Do You Need to Prepare?

Whether you’re applying for a married or common-law partner visa, the required documents will differ—but barely. In both cases, you’ll have to prove the genuineness of the relationship by presenting: 

  • Shared assets
  • Mutual travel documentation
  • Proof of communication
  • Co-signed lease or property agreement (if living separately)
  • Shared bills

Conclusion

Being away from your loved one is a difficult obstacle to overcome. However, you need not be apart for long when you apply for spousal immigration. With that in mind, the process can become overwhelming, especially when there are weaknesses in your application or a lack of proof and documentation.

If you’re worried about application denial, you can turn to our immigration experts in Toronto at Bright Immigration for assistance. 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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