Immigration for Non-Canadian Same-Sex Couples

Explains that the law in Canada recognizes the common-law partners of qualifying immigrants as dependents: if one partner qualifies for immigration on his or her own merits, that person would be the principal applicant and their common-law partner would be processed as a dependent.

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same-sex partners, immigrating to BC, immigration to Canada