December 13, 2012

Two-year conditional permanent residence for Sponsored Spouse

It its serious effort to combat marriage fraud, Citizenship and Immigration Canada introduced a new regulation that requires certain sponsored spouses to live in together with their sponsor in a legitimate relationship for two years. Failure to meet this requirement will risk losing their permanent resident status.

“There are countless cases of marriage fraud across the country,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “I have consulted widely with Canadians, and especially with victims of marriage fraud, who have told me clearly that we must take action to stop this abuse of our immigration system. Sometimes the sponsor in Canada is being duped and sometimes it's a commercial transaction. Implementing a two-year conditional permanent residence period will help deter marriage fraud, prevent the callous victimization of innocent Canadians and help us put an end to these scams.” 
 Read the news release from Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.