Are You Marrying a Canadian Citizen? Deportation May Be in the Cards…

Many people mistakenly think that marrying a Canadian citizen automatically grants them Canadian citizenship or permanent residence in Canada, but this is not the case. In fact, not properly following suit after you marry a Canadian citizen can result in your deportation from Canada.

Woman Being Deported From Canada After Living in Canada 15 Years

A Hamilton woman is facing deportation from Canada after making the mistake of not applying for permanent residence after marrying a Canadian citizen in 1997. Her non-immigration status was found out when she was applying for jobs and applied for a work permit. When the permit was denied, steps to have her deported from Canada began. The woman, Lucene Charles, applied to stay in Canada as a refugee and then under humanitarianmarrying-a-canadian-citizen-deportation and compassionate grounds – she has three Canadian sons living here – but was denied. Coincidentally, she was approved for a work permit later as Canada has a program that allows people to work and support themselves while their refugee status is sorted out. She is currently working and supporting her family on her own.

Charles’ marriage to the Canadian eventually fell apart and she has a daughter from another relationship – who is not Canadian and also falls under the deportation order. Her sons, between the ages of 11 and 14, would either stay behind of face a life of poverty in her native St. Vincent with her and her daughter, where Charles says women are considered “nothing”. The case has sparked public outrage across Canada. You can catch a rare glimpse into the perspective of someone facing deportation from Canada by watching this video, which is in Charles’ own words. According to the video, her biggest regret is not sorting out her permanent residency – because her abusive marriage would not allow it.

Looking for Permanent Residency in Canada?

If you marry a Canadian citizen, realize that you must apply for permanent residency in Canada in order to gain legal status. This can be done by having your spouse sponsor you as a part of the Family Class Immigration Stream. Contact us to learn about how VisaPlace can help you.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

5 thoughts on “Are You Marrying a Canadian Citizen? Deportation May Be in the Cards…

  1. rick

    hi my fiancee lives in usa we were planning on getting married next summer …she is returning back to usa after we marry she will have 2 and a half years left to retire ,,,my plan was to sponsor her after the marriage are we allowed to do it this way or do i have to sponsor her before marrying her thanks

    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Rick. You must sponsor your fiancee after you get married. You have two options, an Inland spousal sponsorship, or an Outside sponsorship. Each one has it`s own specific benefits. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you and your fiancee. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Muga

  2. jenna

    can i get married to my boy friend for 5 years even if he is being deported ? please help

  3. ALLAN

    my wife, mother of three of my kids. is living in u.s. illegaly how do i get her to canada with me as soon as posssible

    1. Anisa Dattu

      Hello Allan,

      Thank you for your post. You may qualify to sponsor your wife to Canada under the Family Class-Spousal Sponsorship Program.

      You are able to sponsor your wife if you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. If you sponsor a family member to immigrate to Canada, you must provide proof that you can meet basic needs—such as food, clothing and shelter—for yourself and your family, support your wife financially and make sure she does not need to ask for financial help from the government.

      In order to assist you please provide us with more information using our free assessment and we will be able to help determine your eligibility under this program and other immigration programs that Canada has to offer.




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