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Common-Law Sponsorship

If you are contemplating sponsoring your common-law partner for permanent residency in Canada, it is imperative to understand the nuances of common-law sponsorship. We have prepared a comprehensive guide to provide you with essential insights into common-law relationships, how they are defined in Ontario, and how to bring your partner to live with you in Canada.

It is important to note that a common-law relationship requires cohabitation for a minimum of one year to be recognized, and it is distinct from a contractual marriage relationship. In Ontario, a common-law relationship is established when two individuals cohabit in a conjugal relationship for over three years, while the cohabitation period is reduced to one year in most cases if there is a child involved, whether through adoption or birth.

While a common-law partner who is still legally married to another person is not a barrier to common-law sponsorship, providing necessary documentation confirming divorce proceedings is crucial. Accurate and timely relationship documentation is required by immigration authorities for processing common-law sponsorship applications.

Sponsoring your common-law partner in Canada as a permanent resident or Canadian citizen requires that you meet certain criteria, including but not limited to being at least 18 years old, residing in Canada or intending to return if your partner becomes a permanent resident, and demonstrating the ability to financially support your common-law spouse for three years.

The processing time for spousal sponsorship applications, including common-law sponsorship, is typically around 12 months. However, it is important to note that complex cases or additional documentation requests may extend processing times.

At Brampton Immigration Consultancy, we understand the complexities of the common-law sponsorship process and the importance of reuniting with your common-law spouse. Our knowledgeable legal professionals and immigration consultants are here to support you throughout the process, ensuring the creation and submission of a robust common-law sponsorship application.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance with your common-law sponsorship application.