Cracking Down On Marriages Of Convenience - New and Proposed Measures

The Government of Canada has put in place a bar on Spousal sponsorship. Regulatory changes now in force mean sponsored spouses or partners will have to wait five years from the day they are granted permanent residence status in Canada to sponsor a new spouse/partner. Under the new proposal, a spouse/partner being sponsored by a Canadian or Permanet resident would be required to live together with their sponsor in a legitimate relationship for two years following receipt of their permanet resident status in Canada.