Filipino Husband Still Married To Another Woman When Sponsored

Question: I’ve been married to my second wife, a Canadian citizen, for two years now. My first wife was in the Philippines, and we already filed for annulment before I left the country. When I left, though, the annulment process wasn’t finalized yet. I was told it has been finalized after I came to Canada, so I thought I could marry again. I just got the news that my first wife has died, and our lawyer told me our annulment was never finalized – we’re still married until now. I don’t know what to do. What should I tell immigration about this?

Answer: You can be charged for bigamy even though your wife is already dead since your marriage to your second wife took place while she was still alive. However, since the second marriage took place while you were under the impression that you were already annulled, that should count for something. One thing you can do is to ask your second wife to sponsor you as a common law partner, given that your marriage turned out to be not legal.

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