Successfully sponsoring a common-law partner to Canada requires that you meet the Canadian Immigration definition of common-law, and prepare your application properly.
It is important that your application to sponsor your spouse or partner for immigration to Canada is perfectly prepared when it is submitted for processing, or it will be returned to you – which means months of wasted time. Simply following the online instructions when preparing to sponsor your spouse or partner to Canada is often not enough to ensure that your application is accepted for processing on the first submission attempt. This post offers our best practical tips to help ensure that your family sponsorship application is successful the very first time that you submit it.
Being separated from your spouse or partner because of immigration rules is a trying and difficult situation. The process to gain immigration approval for your loved one can be complicated and lengthy, as there are a myriad of different scenarios that each require a different solution in order to ensure that your sponsorship application proceeds quickly and gets approved. Read on for a discussion of the questions that arise most often with our clients who are preparing to sponsor their spouse or partner.
Canada provides common law couples with many of the same legal rights as married couples; but determining whether or not you are common law is confusing if you don’t understand what criteria must be met. You need to understand if you are considered common law in order to properly represent your family situation on your immigration application because an incorrect understanding can result in permanent separation from your loved ones.