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CIC Recognizes Canadian Same-Sex Marriages

CIC Recognizes Canadian Same-Sex Marriages

Old Jul 15th 2004, 8:35 am
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Re: questions about whether married, same-sex individuals can apply as
spouses, CIC now recognizes same-sex marriages performed in Canada IF
at least one party is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Otherwise, apply as common-law or conjugal partners (whichever
applies).

From http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/sponsor/

"Interim Policy on Civil Marriages between Same-Sex Persons

For immigration purposes only, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has
adopted an interim policy to recognize the validity of civil marriages
that took place in either Ontario, British Columbia or Quebec between
a foreign national and his/her Canadian citizen or permanent resident
same-sex partner. Therefore, marriage certificates issued by
provincial authorities in Ontario (since 10 June 2003), British
Columbia (since 8 July 2003), or Quebec (since 19 March 2004) are
considered legally valid documents in support of an immigration
application.

This interim policy reflects Canada's tradition of supporting family
reunification of both recent immigrants and long-established Canadians
with their close family members from abroad.

The issue of marriage and the legal recognition of same-sex unions has
been referred to the Supreme Court of Canada and the Government of
Canada has indicated that the associated draft Bill will not be
considered by Parliament before the decision of the Supreme Court.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will revisit its interim policy, as
required, after the ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada on the
marriage reference.

Meanwhile, in accordance with existing policies and programs, same-sex
partners who marry in foreign jurisdictions, or two foreign nationals
who marry in Canada, may qualify as common-law or conjugal partners,
as applicable."
 

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