Is Canadian common-law marriage recognized by US immigration?
A marital relationship is an essential element for the spouse of a foreign national working or living in the United States. Suppose a qualifying marital relationship can be shown. In that case, the spouse of a foreign national on an E2, L1, H1B, TN, or any other non-immigrant visa in the United States can obtain dependent visa status. We discuss the viability of a Canadian common-law marriage for US immigration purposes here.