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Bringing a Chinese partner to Canada means sponsoring them. And that means marriage, either in China or in Canada. This is because to sponsor a Chinese partner you must be living in a common law relationship or conjugal relationship. A common law partner, as defined by CIC, is one of the same or opposite sex that has been living in a conjugal relationship with you for at least 12 months, with brief absences where you are away from each other allowed for business travel or family reasons. To qualify as a common law relationship, you will need to prove to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that you have combined your affairs, and that you have set up a household together. Documentation such as credit card and bank account receipts should be saved as proof.

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