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Old Oct 7th 2007, 12:55 am
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Hello everyone. I'm hoping someone can help me with a fairly simple question. I am planning on moving back to Canada from here in London with my common-law partner. One of the requirements in the application pack for him to be admitted is:

"Also provide details of the history of your relationship and at least two statutory declarations from individuals with personal knowledge of your relationship supporting your claim that the relationship is genuine and continuing."

Does anyone know what constitutes a "statutory declaration"? Is there a specific form or format that should be used? Does it then have to be certified by someone in authority?
I cannot find anything on the Canada website, and they have not replied to my e-mail query!

Any assistance that can be provided would be most welcome!

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Old Oct 7th 2007, 1:59 am
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Hi There
We are going through the exact same situation as you and I also posted to find out what we need to have as far as signed letters ect. If you get anymore info please let me know!!!
How far are you into the application?
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hi, i needed to get this done too, i printed the form off cic website and got it declared by a solicitor it cost me a fiver...but i know other people have paid more..hope this helps
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If you write your own declaration a solicitor will charge you £5 to witness your signature, if you ask them to write one for you it will cost per hour - at least £85!!!! I had to get one for my damaged passport.....
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I'll be getting the Stat Dec form from the CIC site sworn by a solicitor (a fiver when I needed it done for my passport app), I also have a couple of letters from friends saying how long they've known us, that we're in a committed relationship living together and doing all the sort of things that couples do - socialising, holidays etc.

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Old Oct 14th 2007, 6:49 am
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Thanks for all your responses!! However I'm still a little confused. Do we need to complete a statutory declaration of our common law partnership in addition to the letter from friends (which from what I've read is just a letter, rather than a form)?

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Yes send both a statutory declaration of our common law partnership and a letter from a friend. Maybe try and choose someone with a professional career etc. if possible.

We got a member of the Queens Council at Vancouver Court House to do the Stat Dec of common-law union. In the UK it should cost a fiver with a solicitor.

Then I got a co-worker and friend to write a letter about how we spent Christmas with her and her daughter, and babysit her daughter etc. And a friend in the UK who knew us when we first got together.

I also wrote a letter about how we met and listed all the holidays we had been on, including copies of tickets etc. Also joint finances, utility bills at the same address, our joint bank account, joint tenany agreements, life insurance showing each other as benificieries, joint memeberships to clubs and socities etc. Included a christmas card we had both been sent, and a postcard from Mr L2S's parents that they sent to both of us.

We met at university so also our transcripts to prove that we had been on the same degree program in the same year.

I thought we had enough evidence in that so didn't bother to send in photos, but I know of other people who have done so.
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Hi Live to ski,
Thanks so much for your help, I'm very grateful.

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To add to whats already been said....

The stat declarations we used (for a Common-law family class sponsorship) were simple statements from friends and family stating that they'd known us for x years, we'd been together for y, cohabiting for z, had attended weddings & other social events, gone on vacation together & generally were a couple. We had these notarised by a notary public for not a lot. I recall he wasn't exactly happy with the lack of legal mumbo jumbo but our immigration lawyers said that simple was OK. It seemed to work as I got PR with no problems.
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To add to whats already been said....

The stat declarations we used (for a Common-law family class sponsorship) were simple statements from friends and family stating that they'd known us for x years, we'd been together for y, cohabiting for z, had attended weddings & other social events, gone on vacation together & generally were a couple. We had these notarised by a notary public for not a lot. I recall he wasn't exactly happy with the lack of legal mumbo jumbo but our immigration lawyers said that simple was OK. It seemed to work as I got PR with no problems.
Hi Atlantic Xpat,
Thanks for your reply. We are thinking of getting some friends in Canada to write at least one of our statutory declarations. Did the statements from friends have to be notarized by them, or were you able to get it done along with your form, without them being present?
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I just got our friends to sign their letters, put their name and address on it and added their business cards.
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Hi Atlantic Xpat,
Thanks for your reply. We are thinking of getting some friends in Canada to write at least one of our statutory declarations. Did the statements from friends have to be notarized by them, or were you able to get it done along with your form, without them being present?
We used friends in UK & had them come in and sign in front of the Notary Public. We certainly had a letter / declaration from Mrs AX's father & I seem to recall he got it witnessed by a solicitor in Canada. It's a few years back now so my memory is a little hazy.....
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Originally Posted by Atlantic Xpat
We used friends in UK & had them come in and sign in front of the Notary Public. We certainly had a letter / declaration from Mrs AX's father & I seem to recall he got it witnessed by a solicitor in Canada. It's a few years back now so my memory is a little hazy.....
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