Myself and my partner are looking to apply for Express Entry Permanent Residency. We have been living together in my

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Customer: Second opinion] Myself and my partner are looking to apply for Express Entry Permanent Residency. We have been living together in my parent's house while saving here in Ireland and would like to know how can we apply together as common-law partners? We don't have our names on the bills/lease and we are not married. Would it be sufficient to have my parents legally attest to the fact that we have been co-habiting for over a year on their property?Thanks,
Steven
JA: What steps have the partners taken? Have they filed any paperwork with the government?
Customer: No we have not filed any paperwork with the government. We will create our profiles for Express Entry this summer once we have completed our language exams.
JA: Have they talked to a lawyer about this?
Customer: No we have not. We have spoken to an immigration consultant
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: That's everything.
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The way this would work is that one of you would be the main applicant and apply for permanent residency status and the other would be part of the application. You just have to prove that you have been living together for at least one full year. You can do that by providing your own statements, letters from family and friends and professionals etc.

You might be able to show drivers licence information or credit card or bank statement information that proves your address.

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Hi, Debra that makes sense. Can I ask - will Canadian immigration authorities accept affidavits sworn by Irish lawyers? I am assuming this would not be an issue even though we are in a different legal jurisdiction. Additionally, do you think it would be enough to have some evidence of postal orders sent to our shared address? As we are living in my parents' residence, we do not share bills or a bank account. I believe the threshold for immigration is for us to prove that we have been co-habiting for at least 1 year, which is a slightly higher burden that just proving that we are in a common law relationship. I think we will have no trouble proving that the relationship is genuine, but am concerned about the hurdle of co-habitation. So we will submit affidavits (friends and family attesting to the fact that we are together), evidence of some post sent to my parents address and also evidence of a shared health insurance policy we have both been on for the past two years (alongside two years worth of photos that we possess). Is there any further action you would recommend for us to strengthen our approach?
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That is all excellent and should work.

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