Citizenship and Immigration Canada cracks down on Marriage and Adoption for Immigration Purposes

What You Need to Know About “Adoption for Immigration”

A small mention proposing new regulations on family relationships for immigrants was mentioned in Saturday’s Canada Gazette about ‘adoption for immigration in Canada.

The Canada Gazette is a publication put out by the Government of Canada that contains information on notices for the public, hearings and proposed regulations among other Parliamentary happenings.

The Gazette states that Section 4 (R4) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations are already designed to “protect the integrity of the immigration system” by not allowing for marriages or relationships of convenience to be used to get around immigration laws. However, determining which relationships are for real and which ones are only for immigration purposes is difficult.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada wants to further define the family relationships used in family class immigration situations, meaning it will be far easier for immigration officials to not allow someone to immigrate into Canada if they suspect they have entered into a marriage simply for immigration purposes.

Crack Down on Adoption for Immigration Purposes

The proposed measures will also crack down on child-parent adoptive relationships, in case they are not genuine or are for immigration purposes only. These also present the same difficulties with regards to identifying relationships of convenience and will also be covered under the proposed regulations.

Leaving such decisions up to a few officials isn’t a very safe idea. People can make mistakes, but in the case of these “adoption for immigration” issues,  a simple unfounded suspicion can result refusals of Canadian immigration applications.   Having a knowledable immigration lawyer on your side is worth it’s weight in gold when you are applying for family class immigration status.

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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

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