Common Law, Taxes and Immigration in Canada without SIN
June 2, 2012 8:21 AM Subscribe
My common-law partner and I are in the process of filing forms for her sponsorship of me to receive permanent resident status in Canada. She changed her marital status to common-law on her most recent tax forms (we have been living together since 2009). She is now being audited by Revenue Canada, since this reflects a change from her last tax return and how her GST/HST refunds are calculated.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (3 answers total)
Specifically, Revenue Canada wants:
- either my SIN or date of entry into Canada, presumed to be 2010 or later
- a letter documenting our partnership and the date of our union.
- my "world income" for 2010 - which was $0 since I was in school and not employed.
I don't have a SIN and my study permit which granted me legal residence in Canada from 2004 - 2012 (with renewals) expired in the latter part of 2011 after I dropped out of school in 2011 for health/financial reasons. I've tried calling the legal aid clinic helping us through the immigration office but they haven't gotten back to me and my partner is getting quite worried.
Does this have any effect on sponsorship process? What kind of document is she expected to send to Revenue Canada? How would this affect my current undocumented status, especially since we haven't gotten the forms in yet? She is also being asked to return the GST/HST credits she received in the last six months (about 120 dollars) so that they can recalculate the allocation; a lesser concern is whether this change in marital status means she will be receiving less GST/HST returns in the future.
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