Canada has allowed the reunion of genuine couples to promote family unity, as it is the top priority of immigration. Permanent residents or citizens of Canada of at least 18 years of age may sponsor their partner, whether opposite or same sex conjugal partner or common-law partner, to enter and live with them in Canada.
Partner Visa Qualifications
For opposite or same sex common-law partner, you must be over 16 years old to comply with Canada’s immigration regulations on Partner Visa, and must be continuously living with a citizen or permanent resident of Canada in a marital relationship for a minimum of one year. Canada tolerates temporary absences due to family reasons or business travels. The Canadian citizen or permanent resident who sponsors you must be 18 years old and must legally undertake to provide you with your basic needs in a three-year period. Canadian immigration authorities need strong supporting documents as proof of your continuing and genuine relationship.
For opposite or same sex conjugal partner, you must be over 16 years old to comply with Canada’s immigration regulations on Partner Visa, and must be continuously living with a citizen or permanent resident of Canada in a marital relationship for a minimum of one year, but exceptional circumstances which are beyond your control have prevented you from getting married or living together.
Benefits of Partner Visa
When your application for a Partner Visa is approved, a visa of permanent residency in Canada will be issued to you. You will then be allowed to live indefinitely in Canada and work for any employer. The right to study in any university in Canada will also be granted to you, just like any Canadian citizen. The Partner Visa basically gives you the same rights as any Canadian citizen except for the right to obtain a Canadian passport and the right to vote.
Three years after permanently residing in Canada, you will be given the right to claim Canadian citizenship. Aside from obtaining free access to Canada’s health care system which is among the best in the world, you will also be granted access to Canada’s education system. Canada offers free education system for all students in public schools both at primary level and secondary level. Other benefits granted to Partner Visa holders are family allowance for big families, social services for destitute individuals and employment insurance in case you become unemployed.
Processing Time of Partner Visa
The required time in obtaining a Partner Visa may vary from 12 to 18 months. The large number of applications received and capacity of every visa post may affect the processing time of your application.
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