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According to this article published by Post Media News, the proposed changes to the Spousal Sponsorship program are scheduled to take effect in early fall. The proposed changes – including giving sponsored spouses a two-year probationary permanent resident status – have raised concerns from critics and domestic abuse experts.
As per the change to the Spousal Sponsorship program, couples will have to live together for at least 24 months to prove they have a legitimate relationship, otherwise the sponsored spouse could be deported or charged criminally.
These changes are intended to reduce the amount of immigration marriage fraud – when one spouse uses the other to get into Canada and leaves them immediately.
Critics argue that women in abusive relationships will not be able to leave their abusive spouse until the two-year probationary period ends, because they could be deported or charged with fraud.
The change was first published in the Canada Gazette in March of last year.
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