Being in a same-sex relationship and living in a country where you can’t live openly as a homosexual or where you can’t marry is frustrating at best and life-threatening at worst. Canada enables same-sex marriage immigration and allows these couples to live in peace and freedom. Read on to learn what you need to know about sponsoring your same-sex partner or spouse.
Who Can You Sponsor?
There’s good news if you’re in a same-sex relationship and you and/or your partner live outside of Canada.
Under Canada’s same-sex immigration rules, you can sponsor your spouse or your partner, provided that you and your partner meet certain criteria.
Same-Sex Marriage and Canada’s Immigration Rules
You can sponsor your same-sex spouse if you were married inside or outside of Canada.
If you were married inside of Canada, you must produce a valid marriage certificate from the province or territory in which you were married.
Let’s say you were married outside of Canada. You can sponsor your same-sex spouse if the jurisdiction in which you were married recognizes same-sex marriages.
Sponsoring Same-Sex Partners
What if you’re not married to your same-sex partner? You might still be able to sponsor him or her to immigrate to Canada.
Canadian immigration authorities recognize two categories of partners: common-law and conjugal.
A common-law partner is someone with whom you’ve been living for at least a year in a physical relationship. You’ll need to prove that you and your partner have set up a home together.
Such proof includes joint bank accounts or credit cards, joint ownership or rental of a home, and joint purchase of household items such as furniture or appliances.
Conjugal partners are those who would under different circumstances have a common-law relationship, except that a situation outside of their control makes that impossible.
These partners have been in a relationship for over a year but they couldn’t live together due to an immigration or other legal barrier. They must prove that such a barrier existed in order for one partner to sponsor another.