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You are a common-law partner, either of opposite sex or same-sex, if you have been living with your sponsor in a conjugal relationship for at least 1 year. The year of living together must be a continuous 12-month period and cannot be intermittent periods that add up to 1 year. However, you are allowed temporary absences for short periods of time for business travel or family reasons.
Are You Eligible For A Common-Law Partner Visa?
Recently, the spousal policy for Canada changed. The new spousal policy sets out that most spouses and common-law partners in a genuine relationship with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, regardless of status, are able to apply for permanent residence while remaining in Canada. However, this change only applies to situations where a family class sponsorship has been submitted.
Under the previous policy, the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class was only available to spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens or permanent residents who had valid temporary immigration status in Canada.
Applicants in the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class are also permitted to include family members, living both in Canada and abroad, in their applications (i.e., applicants may have these applications processed at the same time).
The medical requirements for spouses, common-law partners, conjugal partners and dependent children are different from the medical requirements that must be met for other members of the Family Class.
Up-front medical examination allows applicants (your spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent children) to take the medical examination before the applications for sponsorship and permanent residence are submitted.
Are You Eligible For A Common Law Partner Visa?
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