A bit of background, common-law and conjugal spouses are awarded the same rights and privileges as a married spouse on a Canadian Immigration application. Both require the couple to demonstrate that they are, and have been in a relationship for at least 12 months or longer, and they can demonstrate a significant degree of commitment to each other.
To be considered common-law spouses the couple must demonstrate that they have resided together in a committed relationship for at least 12 months continuously. A conjugal relationship does not require cohabitation.
When applying as conjugal spouses, you need to demonstrate not only that you are in a relationship but there exists a significant barrier preventing you from being able to live together. These barriers can include immigration barriers, religious reasons and sexual orientation.
Often conjugal relationships apply to homosexual couples because in many countries homosexuals cannot be married, or even live together for fear of criminal prosecution or bodily harm.
It should be mentioned that conjugal relationships are completely valid for heterosexual couples too but they are often the only option available to people in same-sex relationships.
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