Last Updated on March 29, 2011 by Steven Meurrens

By Hammer51012

The Canadian government has quietly put out a notice in the Gazette requesting comments on a proposal to introduce a conditional permanent residence period of two years or more for sponsored spouses and partners in a relationship of two years or less with their sponsors.

The proposal would amend IRPR to introduce a specified period of conditional permanent residence for spouses and partners sponsored as members of the family class or spouse or common-law partner in Canada class.  It would apply to spouses and partners who have been in a relationship with their sponsor for two years or less at the time of the sponsorship application.  The condition would require that the sponsored spouse or partner remain in a bona fide relationship with their sponsor for a period of two years following receipt of their permanent residence status in Canada.  Only cases targeted for fraud would be reviewed during the conditional period.  Permanent residence could be revoked if the condition of remaining in a bona fide relationship was not met.

The period of conditional status under consideration could be two years, or longer, from the time that the sponsored spouse or partner becomes a permanent resident in Canada.

Given concerns about the vulnerability of spouses and partners in abusive relationships, a process for allowing bona fide spouses and partners in such situations to come forward without facing enforcement action would be developed if a conditional permanent residence period were introduced.

The move would bring Canada’s policies into line with those of other countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, all of which already employ a form of two-year conditional status for those in new relationships.

The Notice states that questions and requests for additional information, as well as comments regarding this Notice of Intent, may be directed to Justine Akman, Director, Social Policy and Programs, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 365 Laurier Avenue W, 8th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1, 613-941-9022 , 613-941-9014 (fax), (email).