PART II Conjugal partner vs spouse for immigration to

RE:  Conjugal partner vs spouse for immigration to CanadaIRPA What kind of questions can you expect? ask internationalincome tax & immigration expert consultant david ingram fromNorth Vancouver, BC,Canada experts on RRSP RESP IRA 401(K) radio
Hi David, 
My wife and I did the "Conjugal partner" route and were quickly succesful. She applied from the US (she is a US citizen) We found it to be very quick compared to friends who did the same from within Canada. I was approved as a sponsor in about 2 months and she was approved to immigrate in about 6 months. She created a scrapbook of our "dates" in both canada and the US which we photocopied and sent off. We also opened a joint checking acccount right before we submitted our application. When we got engaged I sent off a letter for an update to our file, so im not sure if that help speed things up or not.  We found the process very stressful because Immigration Canada will NOT talk to you about timlines! So I just wanted to send a note along to the person below letting them know its not that bad, and if you prepare immaculate paperwork it is pretty easy.
david ingram replies:
Congratulations and thanks for passing it along.
I am a 47 year old female American, and want to immigrate to Canada in order to be with my 44 year old Canadian boyfriend.
We have been together for many years, and finally, the timing is right, and we want to move ahead. 
As I live in America, we can not do our paperwork under the common-law category as I can not stay one  year, and are hoping to immigrate using the conjugal partnership category.
I am concerned about this, since it appears that that category is denied alot. I am not someone who is trying to buck the system to fool anyone.  We have a gazillion photos of us, I have been to Canada approx. 30 times to visit, and our trail of paperwork is immense.
I do not have much money, and would hate to go thru this entire process, just to have someone deny me. 
If we get married first, then I will have to come back here to the US, to get my house sold, quit job, move, etc, and I dont particularly like the idea of having to leave a brand new marriage for God knows how long, even tho I know the law now states if you are a spouse you can stay in Canada until the paperwork is complete.  I do have other obligations.
Is it risky to try the conjugal partnership?? Would it be safer, easier, quicker, to get married first?? 
I am totally stressed out about this. 
Please help! 
david ingram replies: 
I believe that your own statement that "finally, the timing is right" 
testifies that you have not been a conjugal partner within the meaning of the IRPA (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act".
To be a conjugal partner, you need to have been a couple for just one year. 
And, it is possible to be a partner for a year without specifically living together if you have been living together or marrying because of an immigration barrier (true in your case).
The test is whether you are in fact a conjugal partnership. 
Commonly, a conjugal partnership will have some blended financial commitments such co-signing mortgages, a car bought in two names, etc.
Whether conjugal, common-law, or married in a church, by a JP or a tribal ceremony, any spouse or partner "and their sponsor" can expect to be asked some or all of the following questions which although you will look at them and say "how simple", I have to say that I was a t a hearing in Vancouver a month ago and the husband and wife (who was interviewed by phone in FIJI) answered half of the questions differently.
What happens is that they ask you something like "where did you spend your first night together?".  Then they ask him and get a different answer.
The following questions will give you an idea: 
1.      What is your spouse's / partner's full name including middle name? 
2.      What is your spouse's / partner's nickname? 
3.      What is their date and place of birth? 
4.      How many brothers, how many sisters does your partner have? 
5.      How many brothers and sisters do you have - what are their ages? 
6.      Are your partner's parents alive? How old are they? Where do they live? 
If No, When did they die? 
7.      How, when and where did you meet your partner / spouse? 
8.      Who was there? Who were you with? 
9.      How long did you date? 
10.     Where did you go on dates? 
11.     Where did your spouse live before you started dating? 
12.     Describe the events leading up to your decision to marry / live 
13.     How long was it before you started discussing marriage / living 
14.     Who made the decision to live together / marry? 
15.     How did you / your partner propose to marry / to live and share life 
16.     Was their a formal engagement?  Was there an engagement party? Who was 
there if yes? 
17.     Was their a shower?  Was their a stag? 
18.     Describe your wedding. Who was there? 
19.     How many people were there from your side of the family?  How many were 
there form your partner's family? 
20.     Who were the witnesses at the wedding? 
21.     Who were your first dinner guests after you started living together? 
22.     Who paid for the wedding? Who paid for the reception? 
23.     Did you go on a honeymoon? Where did you go?  How much did it cost? 
24.     Where did you spend your wedding night? 
25.     Where are you living now?  Where does your partner / spouse live? 
26.     What is your education? What is your partner's education?  Where did you 
and your partner get your education? 
27.     What is your partner's favourite meal?  What is your favourite meal? 
28.     What hobbies do you have?  What hobbies does your partner have? 
29.     What kind of birth control do you use if any? Who buys it? 
30.     When did your spouse move in with you or did you move in with them? 
31.     Do you live in a house, an apartment, on a boat or in a mobile? 
32.     How many bedrooms are there? 
33.     Describe your bedroom? 
34.     What colour are the walls, the bedspread, the carpet, the drapes, the 
35.     Is there a TV / radio in the bedroom? 
36.     What channel is the TV usually set to?  What news channel(s) do you 
watch at night? 
37.     What station is the radio usually tuned to? 
38.     What station to you listen to in the car? 
39.     What is your favourite song? What is your partner's favourite song? 
40.     Describe your living room. 
41.     What colour are your phones and where are they located in your home? 
42.     Where did you live before you were married?  Where did your partner 
43.     Do you have plans for a family?  If so, how many children? 
44.     Where does your spouse work?  How much do they earn? What do they do 
there? Who is their boss? 
45.     How much does your partner earn? How much do you earn? 
46.     What is your partner's phone number(s) at work? 
47.     Who wakes up first in the morning?  Who goes to sleep first at night? 
48.     How do you wake up?  Alarm or clock radio? 
49.     What church do you attend?  What church does your spouse attend? 
50.     Do you have breakfast /lunch / dinner together? Who makes it? What do 
you eat? 
51.     Who does the laundry? 
52.     Has your spouse ever been convicted of a criminal offence? 
53.     What is your favourite meal?  What is your partner's favourite meal? 
54.     Who are your neighbours? 
55.     What did you have for dinner last night? 
56.     Which one of you drove to this interview? 
57.     Where did you park the car? 
58.     Do you have a joint bank account? 
59.     How do you spend your spare time together? 
60.     When did you first start discussing the possibility of immigrating to 
Canada. Who brought the subject up? 
61.     Did you marry your spouse to get into Canada? 
62.     Have you discussed with your partner what you will do if turned down? 
63.     What were you given for Valentine's day, Your birthday, your 
anniversary, Christmas? 
64.     What was the last movie you saw together? 
65.     What was the last video you rented? 
66.     Who are your common friends? who is your best friend? who is your 
partner's best friend? 
67.     Who locked the door this morning when you left to come to this 
68.     Who pays the rent? 
69.     What do you do at your job? Who is your boss? 
70.     What kind of car does your partner drive?  What kind of car do you 
Hope this helps. 
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