page gives information for same-sex couples in
which neither partner is a Canadian citizen or
permanent resident. It is sometimes possible for
foreign same-sex couples to immigrate to Canada
together. Foreign couples may consider immigrating
to Canada in a number of situations:
a couple who are citizens of the same country
want to settle in Canada together.
two people from different countries are in a
relationship and they want to be able to stay
together but are unable to live in the country
of either partner. They may consider Canada
as an alternative place to settle together.
partner must qualify to immigrate to Canada
under one of Canada's immigration programs.
The most common one is the Skilled
Worker Class. Some people have also applied
under the Live-in
couple must have lived together in a genuine
committed and interdependent relationship for
at least twelve months. See common-law
some countries, it is not safe or legal for
same-sex couples to live together, for example,
countries that have sodomy laws or where the
personal safety of queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual
or transgendered people is threatened. In these
cases, Canada may still recognize the relationship
as common-law. The couple will need to explain
and document why they have not been able to
applicant who will meet the criteria for immigration
applies to immigrate as the principle applicant.
other partner is included in the application
as the family member of the principle applicant.
common-law partner must be included in the application.
If the common-law partner is not included as
a family member it will not be possible to sponsor
them as a family member later.
couples who are not common-law
you cannot meet the definition for common-law
couples consider this process. It takes longer
and requires that you live apart for some time.
most qualified applicant applies to immigrate.
this partner becomes a permanent resident and
settles in Canada with a place to live and a
job, they can apply to sponsor the other partner
as a conjugal
partner. See conjugal partner definition.
This process is described under Outside
Canada Family Class.
this situation the applicant does not have to
indicate that there is a same-sex partner at
the time of making the first application.
Providing Proof Of The Relationship
both common-law or conjugal partners it is important
to save documents that show that the relationship
meets the criteria and is genuine. See Application
Tips> Providing Proof Of The Relationship
for some suggestions.
common-law partners, send the proof with the
principle applicant's permanent residence application.
conjugal partners, once the principle applicant
is settled in Canada you will follow the process
described in Outside
Canada Family Class.
Where To Send The Application
partner who is the principle applicant must
be living legally in the country where the application
is made and have a visa that is valid for one
year. For example, a common-law couple is living
in the USA. One partner is a US citizen. The
other is from Hong Kong and is living illegally
in the US. If the American is the qualified
principle applicant, the application can be
made in the US. If the Hong Kong partner is
the qualified principle applicant, the application
must be made in Hong Kong.
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you are immgrating to Quebec as a skilled worker, the
application process is different. Information can be
found on the Immigration
Quebec web site