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Spousal Sponsorship To Canada 5 Year Ban Imposed
« on: March 28, 2012, 08:26:38 PM »
Canada Immigration Adopts 5-Year Bar on Spousal Sponsorships

By ROMEO P. MARQUEZ

Member, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA) and National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC)

TORONTO – New restrictions to curb so-called marriages of convenience take effect on Friday (March 2, 2012), including prolonging the period to sponsor a spouse or partner to Canada, immigration authorities announced.

As incidents of marriage fraud rose in recent months, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said a five-year bar in sponsorship has been put in place.

He said marriage fraud "poses a significant threat" to Canada's immigration system.

“I held town hall meetings across the country to hear from victims of marriage fraud,” states Kenney at a press conference in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga.

“In addition to the heartbreak and pain that came from being lied to and deceived, these people were angry. They felt they had been used as a way to get to Canada. We’re taking action because immigration to Canada should not be built upon deceit,” he stresses.

Under the new regulation, 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 or partner, the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism explained.

Previously, a sponsored spouse or partner arriving in Canada as a permanent resident could leave their sponsor and sponsor another spouse or partner themselves, while their original sponsor was still financially responsible for them for up to three years, the ministry said.

Representatives of Canadians Against Immigration Fraud (CAIF) welcomed the steps to stop marriage fraud.  “These measures will definitely protect the integrity of our immigration system,” Sam S. Benet, CAIF president said in a press statement.

The ministry said that spousal sponsorship is open to abuse when a person enters into a relationship – such as a marriage or a common law partnership – in order to circumvent Canada’s immigration law.

Online consultations in the fall of 2010 enabled the ministry to gather public opinion and ideas on how to best address marriage fraud.

“Many of the people who took part in the consultations made it abundantly clear that marriage fraud poses a significant threat to our immigration system,” Kenney says.

“Our government has listened to the victims of marriage fraud and all Canadians, and acted to crack down on those who engage in fraud and abuse Canadians’ generosity and our immigration system," he adds.

Barring such sponsorships is consistent with similar restrictions imposed by Australia, New Zealand and the United States, according to the ministry.
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