My British boyfriend and I (Canadian citizen) are hoping that he might be able to live with me in Canada for a year, during which time he'd like to do a course, and work part-time. (I'd be working.)
He has enough points to qualify as a skilled worker, but it seems it would take quite a long time to process - several years, according to the CIC's website. He couldn't apply as a student, as the programme is a correspondence course with no daytime classes. (we asked)
I lived in the UK for two years as a working holidaymaker, then 6 months as a visitor while he supported me. I worked temporary jobs of moderate skill level. During that time, I lived with him for a year and a half out of a two-year relationship.
Documentary evidence of our commonlaw relationship is slim. I did receive mail addressed to (only) me at the address we shared, but the mortgage and utilities remained in his name as was the case before our relationship. I made payments to his account, but irregularly/in lump sums. I am listed as a second in his health insurance. We have travelled together many times in the two years of our relationship.
Would bank statements help support an application to sponsor a common law partner? Would 'circumstantial' evidence count or help (like photographs, flight tickets, emails between us, affadavits written by friends who've known us as a couple)?
We want to simplify our lifestyle - it's part of why we want to live in Canada. I think it would be difficult for him to get a permit-sponsoring job that would accommodate our goals.
Is an application through the family category the best way for us to go about this process, or is there a more expedient/easier approach?
Many thanks for any help.