On November 5, 2014, the Leader of the Government in the Senate introduced Bill S-7, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Civil Marriage Act and the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, otherwise known as the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act (“Bill S-7“). Bill S-7 has mainly received media attention because of its arguably inflammatory title.  The actual significant impacts for prospective immigrants and practitioners are: Current Proposed Practising polygamy does not result in a foreign national or permanent resident […]

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  Canadian immigration law allows people to sponsor their spouses or common-law partners to immigrate to Canada.  A question that often arises is whether open relationships count. Multiple Spouses or Common-Law Partners Canadian immigration law is clear that a person cannot have more than one spouse or more than one common-law partner for the purpose of immigration. . Section 119(9)(c) of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations provides that a person cannot sponsor someone if the prospective immigrant is the Canadian’s spouse and (i) the sponsor or the foreign national was, at the […]

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