Conjugal Sponsorships Revisited

2009-06-14

This is a big topic on which I’ve written in the past. I would like to address one question I get from so many people: “Why does Citizenship and Immigration Canada approve so few conjugal applications?”

There are some people who think that CIC targets conjugal applications for rejection. That is not true.

The reality is that most people attempting to apply through the conjugal category are simply dating. Sponsorship is reserved for people who are in a life long committed and exclusive relationship.

If you are not married, and have not lived together for at least one year, or have not even tried to live together for whatever time period you can, you have to ask yourself: are we in a life long relationship?

There are people who come to me looking for advice. They have no joint assets.

They have made no real efforts to be together other than a few weeks traveling together. They haven’t even met each other’s families. Objectively speaking, there is no way these people can be seen as being in a relationship that is equivalent to marriage for immigration purposes.

There are circumstances for which the conjugal application is appropriate, and I’ll address those in the weeks to come.

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile

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