Published October 26, 2012 | 12:57 pm
To check the rising fraud marriages, immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced tighter rules with two-year delay on permanent resident status for sponsored spouses and partners from overseas.
After three years of consultations, the federal government has adopted a “conditional” permanent residency plan, which will effectively require couples with no children to live together with marital status for two years before the sponsored partners can obtain status in Canada.
Kenney said visa officers will also undergo training to help them distinguish bona fide cases of abuse from false claims of abuse.
“We will not tolerate people who seek to abuse Canadians who’ve sponsored them in or violate Canada’s laws and to treat marriage like some cynical, commercial transaction just to bring people into Canada into what constitutes a form of human smuggling,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said.
The conditional status will be waived and no PR status would be given if evidence of abuse or neglect comes up or where the spouse already in Canada dies.
The rule will only apply to those who have been married less than two years and have no children together at the time of their application.The new regulation will apply to all applications received after Friday