International Section
April 2014 Issue
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Canadian Immigration Officials Crackdown On Marriage Fraud

In an ongoing effort to increase border security and to crack down against marriage fraud by those seeking illegal entry into Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has implemented a new law requiring sponsored spouses to live for a minimum of two years together — or risk losing their residency status.

The new regulations apply only to sponsored spouses who have been together for less than two years and have no children in common at the time of their application.

“There are countless cases of marriage fraud across the country,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “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.”

The CIC has been battling immigration fraud on a number of fronts in recent months, including the implementation of new regulations and reporting procedures announced in April, and Bill C-35 regulating immigration assistance providers.

The continued efforts by the CIC to crack down on fraud are expected to add extra layers of security to immigration transactions between the U.S. and Canada, its number one trading partner.

Key Points:

  • Canada law requires sponsored spouses to cohabitate for two years — or risk losing residency.

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