August 11, 2017
Here is a very common inquiry we often receive from couples: “We plan on marrying soon/ have been living together for a year and were wondering if we could apply for the permanent residence visa.”
Submitting your marriage certificate and completing the application forms in whole is still no guarantee that it will be sufficient enough to obtain your Permanent Residency Visa.
Though this of course does not apply to all applicants, very close attention has been drawn to by the Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) especially since there have been cases of applicants guilty of abusing their privilege to apply for the visa through marriage. Some examples include couples caught in marriage frauds such as marriage for convenience. To prevent such things from happening, additional documents to prove whether or not the relationship between the two is genuine is required. In cases where such document cannot be provided, further investigation, as well as interview may need to be taken.
A common-law partner is defined as two people in a marriage-like relationship in which both partners are not married, but have been living together for a period of at least 1 year. This applies to all heterosexual as well as same sex couples. Generally, more pieces of proof and documents are required for Common-l-aw applicants as opposed to married applicants.
So, what does the IRCC consider as a genuine relationship? They consider all of the following:
Apart from the general documents required, I will also go through and introduce you to some other important points that people often make mistakes on as well as some other ways and things to be careful about in order to maximize the potential for your case to succeed. Don’t strictly adhere to submitting only the documents listed in the document list of the IRCC. Include any additional document you would like to add that you think would further strengthen your case.
“He is a shy person and we don’t have many photos together.” You will have instantly lost an easy way to further strengthening the application you already put so much work into. You can include up to 20 photos in your application. “I strongly encourage for us to take photos of us two as a couple together. I want to receive my Permanent Residence visa and we can stay together as long as possible.”
When submitting your photos to the IRCC, be sure to also include photos of you two in different landscapes, photos from different days and photos with different people in the background along with you two (Family, Close friends, etc.). Finally, when submitting photos to the IRCC, don’t forget to include the dates in which the photo was taken and a brief description of where it was taken and who are in the picture.
At our company, our top priority is to help each client to the very best in helping their applications succeed. We go through all your documents and suggest ways of improvement to maximize your chances of succeeding.
Finally, remember to submit all your documents in a well-organized manner. Not only will your application be more likely to be accepted, you will also save time by not having the whole application returned to you by IRCC due to missing documents and having to resubmit it later.
If you have any further concern on sponsoring your spouse through marriage or common-law, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Yumi Ueda, LLB 【Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant】