New Spousal Sponsorship Rules: Dangerous?

New Spousal Sponsorship rules

We recently blogged about the new rules Spousal Sponsorship applications face in Canada, namely that sponsored spouses will have to remain in Canada and in the marriage for a minimum of two years before applying for permanent residency in Canada.

This new rule change is to prevent immigration marriage fraud, which is what happens when people use marriage as a convenience to live in Canada – sometimes abandoning their sponsoring spouses once they enter Canada.

Spousal Sponsorship change could create dangerous situations

This rule makes it so that the marriage must be proven to be legitimate. While marriage immigration fraud does occur, the majority of spousal sponsorship cases are legitimate marriages that experience ups and downs just like everyone else’s marriage.

Imagine being forced to stay in an unhappy marriage for two years to prevent being deported from Canada. Worse, imagine being in an abusive marriage and unable to leave because you will either be deported from Canada and your spousal sponsor holds this over your head every single day.

This CBC article has a great write up with some opinions from those for the changes and those against the changes for that very reason. Check it out.

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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