The Canadian citizens and permanent Canadian residents, under family class sponsorship, can apply to sponsor their common-law partner for permanent residence in Canada. This provides an opportunity to those who have been residing with their Canadian partner for a period of at least one year or 12 consecutive months to be sponsored for a permanent residence.
The visa is granted on the conditions that the sponsor and the sponsored
Let us understand what a common-law relationship is and who common-law partners are, before we move on to discussing the perquisites for sponsoring and to be sponsored for a common-law partner visa, under family class sponsorship.
Two individuals, either of the opposite or same sex, are considered to be in a common-law relationship, who have been living together for more than 12 consecutive months or a period of one year in a marriage-like setting, without any long periods of separation.
A common-law relationship is considered valid by both the partners, but has not been registered formally with any statutory body or a formal religious institution. The relationship ends when one or both of the partners do not intend to continue.
However, being in a common-law relationship doesn't mean that both the partners have to live together continuously for more than 365 days. This only means that they must be living together like any wedded couple and either of them may have left the city, state or country for work or family responsibilities, or any other valid reason. This separation must be short or temporary.
Common-law partners are two individuals, either of the opposite or same sex, who have been living together in a marriage-like setting, without being formally married, for more than 12 consecutive months or a period of one year.
A sponsor must fulfill all the requirements in order to be eligible. He/she must:
Not only a sponsor needs to fulfill the eligibility requirements, but a sponsored also needs to. An applicant must
A common-law partner, who is granted permanent residence, will have the rights to
He or she is also eligible for Canadian government's pension schemes, retirement plans, old age security and guaranteed income supplement plans. In addition, they can also apply for Canadian citizenship
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