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For my spousal sponsorship application, what is a common-law partner?

Your common-law partner:

  • isn’t legally married to you
  • can be either sex
  • is 18 or older
  • has been living with you for at least 12 consecutive months, meaning:
    • you’ve been living together continuously for one year, without any long periods apart
    • if either of you left your home it was for:
      • family obligations
      • work or business travel
    • any time spent away from each other must have been:
      • short
      • temporary

When at least one partner chooses to end the relationship, we consider the partnership to be over.

You will need to give proof of your common-law relationship.


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