Frequently Asked Question
Mario D. Bellissimo’s Answer
A. Your situation is quite complex because you have never lived together. A common law relationship for immigration purposes requires one year of cohabitation and so you will not qualify under this category. With respect to conjugal partners, you must demonstrate that you have been in a committed and mutually interdependent relationship for at least one year where there exists a clear obstacle to cohabitation or marriage. Conjugal relationships are not easy to prove. In addition, because your partner remains married you would require clear evidence that he is living separate and apart from his wife and their marriage is at an end. Seek immediate assistance to explore your options. Good luck!