Worth it to just get married for CDN sponsorship?

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Subject: Worth it to just get married for CDN sponsorship?
  I´m an American and my boyfriend is Canadian. We have a lease signed together here in Canada, and rent checks paid for over a year from our mutual bank account. So I guess, for all intents and purposes, we are legally common-law.

My work visa is expiring next year and I wanted to get the ball rolling on my permanent residency application.

My question is: is it worth it for us to just get married? On the CIC website, it looks like family sponsorship is the same, regardless of common-law or legal marriage status. But in anyone´s experience, does it expedite the process? Would it eliminate any questions raised by my boyfriend´s not-so-huge income? Or would it be a pointless action?

Thanks so much to anyone who replies.

[22-08-2009,18:23]
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kayymore
(in reply to: Worth it to just get married for CDN sponsorship?)
you never want to get married just to satisfy immigration- life is too short.

In Canada, common law status holds the same weight as married, as long as you can verify you have been in such a relationship for 1 year at the moment of application and that the relationship is genuine.

Now, DO NOT be tempted to file an inland application. Insteand you may want to file a outland family class or make it even easier on yourself, file Canadian Experience Class or skilled worker.

[22-08-2009,18:52]
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Sharon
(in reply to: Worth it to just get married for CDN sponsorship?)
Wow... I actually hadn´t looked at the CIC website for a long, long time, and I hadn´t even heard about the Canadian Experience Class. I graduated from a Canadian University, and I do have 6 months of work experience... I no longer work at that particular job, but maybe if I work somewhere else for an additional 6 months?

Are these two classes processed faster? Or are they easier for some reason?

Thanks so much for helping me out!!

[22-08-2009,21:29]
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kayymore
(in reply to: Worth it to just get married for CDN sponsorship?)
2 advantages - you likely can start the application immediately. it is cut and dry - either you qualify or you don´t - no need to prove a relationship is genuine blah, blah, blah.

other advantage - you are coming to Canada on your own merits. nobody has to sponsor you - nobody is financially responsible for you.


[22-08-2009,22:14]
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Sharon
(in reply to: Worth it to just get married for CDN sponsorship?)
Kayymore

When making big decisions it is always best to research ones options.

Your on the right path now so keep reading and make a decision based on your own personal circumstances what ever they may be.

CIC may question any CL spousal application because he/she has not made a formal commitment. Sounds old fashion but that is another possibility. What ever application you choose prove that your suited for that type of application.

Roy
www.cvimmigration.com

[23-08-2009,10:18]
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Roy
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