Canada has some of the most gay and lesbian friendly immigration laws in the world. Many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual/transgendered singles and couples move to Canada every year to enjoy improved civil rights, benefits, and the protection of a tolerant society. Same-sex marriage is legal in Canada. PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP specializes in Same Sex Sponsorships. With our assistance, couples may remain together in Canada while awaiting the approval of their permanent residence. Processing times for the sponsorship of spouses, common-law partners and conjugal partners is relatively fast, although these applications can be quite complex.
A Same Sex Sponsorship application is a two-step process. The first step of the process entails processing by the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, where officers assess the sponsor’s eligibility. The application is then transferred to a Canadian visa office that is responsible for applications in the spouse, common law or conjugal partners’ country of citizenship or country of permanent residence, where officers assess the genuineness of the relationship and the admissibility of the applicant.
A Canadian Permanent Resident must reside inside of Canada in order to sponsor a spouse or partner. A Canadian Citizen may reside either inside or outside of Canada while sponsoring; however, the sponsor in this case must establish the intention to return to Canada upon the approval of the Same Sex Sponsorship.
If you marry a Canadian partner in Canada, your Canadian partner can apply for Same Sex Sponsorship. Common-law partners are similar to domestic partners and are defined as life partners who have been living together for at least one year. If you have been living together with your Canadian partner continuously for at least one year, he/she can sponsor you as his/her common-law partner. A conjugal partner is like a common-law/domestic partner but no cohabitation is required. Conjugal partners may be in a genuine relationship but be forced to live apart due to immigration restrictions or fear of prosecution. Immigration lawyers at PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP specialize in Same Sex Sponsorship applications and take pride in the reunification of families.
With Canadian offices in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta, and associate offices and affiliate representatives in many countries worldwide, we are available to represent clients around the world, around the clock. Our team of immigration lawyers and attorneys are fully licensed and are members of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association (Citizenship and Immigration Section), the Illinois State Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario and the Canadian Relocation Council, to name a few. Our lawyers and paralegal staff are highly approachable and encourage open communication. Being a fully networked practice, we offer our clients the capability of online communications, ensuring ongoing personal attention and a prompt, informed response.