Sponsorship Bar on Recent Sponsored Spouses

By: carol.am

Fresh off the heals of announcing an intention to introduce conditional permanent residency for spousal sponsorships, the Canadian government has introduced regulatory changes creating a sponsorship bar for permanent residents who arrived under the spousal sponsorship program.

Currently, people who sponsor a spouse are prohibited from sponsoring another spouse for the three years that their sponsorship undertaking is in effect.  There is no corresponding bar on the person who was sponsored.

This led to situations where people who had been sponsored would arrive in Canada, divorce their sponsor, return to their home country, get married to someone else, and then almost immediately sponsor a “new” spouse.  This cast doubts onto the legitimacy of the spousal sponsorship program.

To address this issue, the Canadian government has introduced regulatory changes that will prohibit an individual who arrived in Canada under a spousal sponsorship program from sponsoring another spouse for five years.

This will essentially end the situation described above.  However, is five years too long?

Interested persons have 30 days to comment on the proposed change.


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