Same-Sex Immigration Rights in Canada


Many countries will not recognize a same-sex couple as a married couple when they immigrate or visit a country. This can prove very problematic if a landed immigrant wishes to sponsor their same-sex spouse under any immigration stream, because the same-sex couple will not be given the same rights as a heterosexual couple if the marriage is not recognized in the country. same sex immigration

Same-Sex Immigration in Canada

Luckily, Canada has same-sex friendly immigration laws because the country itself recognizes same-sex marriage as a legal and valid relationship. Many gay and lesbian couples immigrate to Canada every year to find the protection of a tolerant and loving society that grants them the same benefits, protections and civil rights that everyone else receives.

There are a number of ways same-sex couples can immigrate to Canada, because same-sex spouses are the equivalent of a heterosexual spouse in Canada.

These methods include being sponsored as a spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner. A Canadian Citizen or Canadian permanent resident who is your spouse (same-sex or otherwise) can sponsor you to come to Canada under the Family Class.

Canadian skilled workers or people who immigrate to Canada as an entrepreneur, investor or self-employed worker can also bring their same-sex spouse to Canada with them.

As with any method of immigrating to Canada, there are various restrictions in place for everyone. You will need to make sure you qualify to immigrate to Canada or sponsor your same-sex spouse to come to Canada with you, either during your arrival or after you arrive. Contact a licensed immigration lawyer as soon as possible to determine if you qualify to bring your same-sex spouse to Canada.

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