Spousal sponsorship is a popular option for couples who want to live together in Canada. However, not all couples qualify for spousal sponsorship, and for those couples, it’s challenging to find alternative options. In this blog post, we will discuss some alternatives to spousal sponsorship for couples in Canada.
Common-law sponsorship: If you and your partner have been living together for at least 12 consecutive months in a conjugal relationship, you may qualify for common-law sponsorship. This option is available for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples. You will need to provide evidence of your cohabitation, such as joint bank accounts, shared bills, and lease agreements.
Conjugal sponsorship: If you are in a committed relationship with your partner but cannot live together because of circumstances beyond your control (e.g., immigration restrictions, political instability, etc.), you may qualify for conjugal sponsorship. This option is available for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples. You will need to show that you have a genuine and continuing relationship, despite not living together.
Work or study permit: If you or your partner are eligible to work or study in Canada, you may obtain a work or study permit to continue living together. However, keep in mind that work and study permits are temporary and may not lead to permanent residency.
Express Entry: If you or your partner have the skills and experience that Canada needs, you may be eligible for Express Entry. Express Entry is a system that manages applications for permanent residency under three federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. If you meet the eligibility requirements and are invited to apply, you may be able to obtain permanent residency for you and your partner.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs): Each province and territory in Canada has its own PNP that allows them to nominate individuals for permanent residency who have the skills and experience that their province or territory needs. If you or your partner has the skills and experience that match a particular PNP’s requirements, you may be able to obtain permanent residency through that program.
In conclusion, spousal sponsorship is not the only option for couples who want to live together in Canada. Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for common-law sponsorship, conjugal sponsorship, a work or study permit, Express Entry, or a Provincial Nominee Program. It’s important to explore all of your options and consult with a licensed immigration lawyer or consultant to determine the best path forward for you and your partner.