Citizenship and Immigration Canada to change spousal sponsorship rules

Spousal sponsorship changes on the way

According to this Winnipeg Free Press article, the government of Canada is bringing in new regulatory changes that would force a sponsored spouse to live with their sponsoring spouse for at least two years before they can receive their permanent residence status, or they will be deported from Canada.  

Until the two year period is up, the sponsored spouse will have conditional residency.

New spousal sponsorship rules could be dangerous

While the point of the new regulatory change is to deter spousal sponsorship fraud (when a person essentially uses a spouse to be sponsored into Canada and then leaves them as soon as they arrive), spouses in abusive relationships will face deportation if they try to leave their marriage – something that could put them in harm’s way. The government may have to find a way to work around this issue in order to ensure the safety of those who must leave an abusive marriage.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, it’s difficult to determine the actual number of fraudulent spousal sponsorship cases in Canada each and every year. But in 2010, approximately 16 per cent of the over 46,000 spousal sponsorship applications received were denied, many for suspected fraud.

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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