What is a common-law partnership? Common-law partnership is a union between two individuals in a marriage-like commitment. Thus, if you want to bring your partner who isn’t a permanent resident of Canada into the country, one of the many ways you can do so is with the common-law partnership law. However, there are numerous criteria you must fulfill to go down this route. Furthermore, you will need supporting documents to prove that you are eligible for such a provision.
To help you out, here’s what you need to know about common-law partnerships:
Requirements for Common-Law Partnerships for Both Parties
Below are the basic requirements to fulfill for common-law sponsorships. To fulfill the criteria, partners must:
- Share the same house
- Must have lived together for at least a year
- Must not have been separated from your partner for too long
- Must prove that your affairs (mainly financial) are shared
There are a few things to keep in mind with these requirements, specifically for the “living together for at least a year” requirement. For that, you must have cohabitated with your partner for at least one uninterrupted year. If you left your partner for a period of time, then that one-year streak isn’t going to count. That said, there are still reasons that you might have had to leave your partner for a short while, but these reasons must be justified. For example, one can leave for a business opportunity—but again, not for too long.
Requirements for the Sponsor
For common-law partnerships to work, one of you will have to be a sponsor. These are the requirements the sponsor must fulfill:
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must live in Canada
- Must either be a PR (permanent resident) of Canada, a Canadian Citizen, or a registered Indian in Canada
- Must prove that the sponsor has enough funds for basic needs
Documents to Support a Sponsorship by Common-Law
After all the requirements above have been fulfilled, there is one more thing you’ll need to do, and that’s to gather all the necessary documents to prove it true. Failure to do so means that you will be denied for sponsorship even if you are, in fact, satisfying all the requirements.
That said, here are just some of the documents you can provide along with all the documents to prove that you are indeed your partner’s partner and that they are eligible for common-law sponsorship:
- Shared utility bills
- Receipts for household items that are shared
- Letters that lead to different partners at the same address
- Identity documents like driver’s license
- Rental and lease agreements
- Any other materials that support cohabitation
The above documents are some examples of what you can include when applying for a common-law sponsorship. In case you cannot provide these things, then don’t fret. It doesn’t mean that you will have no chance of being eligible, however, your chances will definitely be slimmer.
Common-law sponsorships, while a godsend for those who want to bring their partners to Canada, can be a real headache to carry out properly. With all the documents that are needed to be filled out and gathered, one can quickly lose track of what to do. Because of this, we highly recommend that you work with an immigration agency. With their help, they’ll be able to assist you in gathering all the necessary paperwork and documents to ensure that you and your loved one can live happily ever after in Canada.
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