Why a 532-page Document Wasn’t Enough Proof For Spousal Sponsorship
How much evidence does it take until the government approves your love?
That’s the situation that Maria Canella and Kurtis Lee Boulianne faced when they received a message from Canadian immigration officials that asked them to send further proof that their marriage wasn’t a scam.
This confused the couple, as they had already sent a 532-pages that outlined all the evidence that their love was true, including:
- 137 pages of iMessage chat logs
- 57 pages of Facebook history
- 18 pages of wedding cards
- 39 pages of email
- 29 pages of love letters and cards
- 36 pages of Skype and FaceTime records
- 30 pages of wedding photos
- 21 pages of plane tickets
Despite this litany of evidence that most would consider irrefutable proof of their nuptials, the couple still received an email in May asking for more. The question is: why?
Burden of Proof
In order to avoid immigrants becoming citizens due to fraudulent marriage, Citizenship and Immigration Canada often requires a great deal of background information to ensure that the wedding is not one of convenience. This is why Maria and Kurtis submitted 532 pages of documents that outlined all the time they’ve spent communicating with each other, as well as the fact that their friends and family acted as witness to their marriage.
In order to meet their requirements, they complied by sending additional information. But the CIC sent yet another request for documentation in June.
“If they received my application, they received my 532 pages of proof,” Maria Canella said. “I am irate. How convenient that they said they didn’t receive it.”
Unfortunately, Maria and Kurtis aren’t the only one struggling to deal with a massive bureaucracy that appears determined to make it as difficult as possible to legitimately become Canadians. A rash of disappearing paperwork, miscommunication and other general incompetence has infected the immigration process, leading to backlogs and surprises for those who believe that they’ve followed the process perfectly.
Making matters worse is the flat-out refusal on behalf of the immigration office to confirm whether or not mail and documents have indeed arrived at their facility, warning that they “will not respond to inquiries asking to confirm receipt of documents/email/information.”
The 532-pages of documents they sent were enough for any reasonable person to agree that they are indeed legitimately married, suggesting that the CIC needs to take a serious look at how they process immigration and citizenship cases.
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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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