As only a few countries recognize same-sex marriage, most of the spouse sponsorship applications for Canada are processed using the common-law partner stream. As of August 2013, the countries that recognize same-sex marriage are: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay and some USA states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, the District of Columbia, eight counties in New Mexico).
You are a common-law partner - either of the opposite sex or same-sex - if you have been living together in a conjugal relationship for at least one year.
Sponsoring a partner using the common-law stream makes the spouse sponsorship application a little more difficult. The fact that the couple is not married poses a challenge. It is very important that the proof that will be presented be coherent and complete. Place of residence, shared expenses, invoices, testimonials, time living together, time living apart, and other proof play an important role. We are Canadian immigration experts specialized in spouse sponsorship applications. Getting a permanent resident visa for your common-law partner will be a very important event in your life.
If you have a marriage certificate, you also have to show evidence that your relationship is real. All the proof that was mentioned above also applies to this stream.
Subjectivity plays an important part in Canadian spousal sponsorships. We know the Canada spouse sponsorship process very well. Errors or omissions could delay your spouse visa application or even lead to a refusal. We, as Canadian Certified Immigration Consultants will represent you before Citizenship and Immigration Canada in order to obtain the Permanent Resident visa for your spouse. Don't risk your future. Send us a message or fill out the form so that we can assess your case.