Spousal Sponsorship Fraud Leaves Sponsor Broke

According to this article in the Toronto Star, a woman who sponsored her spouse to Canada from Cuba has been left abandoned and broke after her new husband disappeared three days after arriving at the Toronto airport.

Spousal Sponsorship Fraud

Photo from the Toronto Star

New laws were put in place by the government of Canada that prevents sponsored spouses from obtaining permanent residence in Canada for two years after their arrival to ensure they are a “legitimate” couple, but these laws only apply to applications made in October of 2012 and onward – this application was filed long before that.

Spousal Sponsorship Fraud the exception, not the rule

While this kind of fraud does happen, it is rare. That’s why these stories tend to make the news in a big way when they occur. This woman had been sending money to her spouse and his family in Cuba, all the while putting money into her own home through renovations so they could live together in a great place once he arrived – not to mention the cost of the destination wedding.

Spousal Sponsorship is a big responsibility, and anyone who is sponsoring a spouse needs to be aware that they are committing to sponsoring their spouse not just in spirit – but financially. If you sponsor someone and they disappear, you might be forced to repay any social assistance they received during the time you were on the hook for sponsoring them.

While this kind of news story is upsetting to read, it’s even more upsetting for the legitimate and loving couples who try to reunite in Canada each year and are sometimes met with obstacles and red tape because of cases like this.

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

  • Ali Salehi

    Hi there:,
    I sponsered a person back in 2015 after my marriage in Iran. She got landed in Nov. 2015.
    She let me believe that she doesn’t like Canada. She asked for a divorce and I was told she is going back for good. We got separated in January 2017. We filed our divorce in May1, 2017.
    She left Canada in third of May this year. As I told at that time, she is going for good. Now i have heard that she will be back in July 2017.
    I feel that there has been a fraud occurrence. I would like to report this to CIC. Can you provide a stamped letter on this issue which is a supporting document. Please let me know. Thnx.

    • Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Ali,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! I am sorry to hear about this fraud occurrence. Call the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Border Watch Toll-Free Line at 1-888-502-9060 If you would like assistance with your case please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

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