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Q & A: Common Law Spouses

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Q. My partner and I are not married. We have been de facto for nearly six years. Do we have any recourse to apply under Canadian law as a couple, or do we need to apply individually?

Answer: In cases of common law spouses, the individuals will typically be assessed separately initially. In the event that one applicant is not considered eligible, the case may be considered under Humanitarian & Compassionate Grounds.