Spousal Sponsorship and Social Assistance

Meurrens LawFamily Class (Spousal Sponsorships, Parents & Grandparents)

Section 133 of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (the “Regulations“) prohibits a Canadian citizen or permanent resident from sponsoring a foreign family member (generally a spouse, common-law partner, parent or grandparent) if the Canadian is in receipt of social assistance for a reason other than a disability.  The Regulations define social assistance as being any … Read More

Guest Post: Safeguarding a Divorce Order Against Social Assistance Debt

John NelsonFamily Class (Spousal Sponsorships, Parents & Grandparents)

(Note from Steven: I met John at the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia branch annual conference in San Francisco.  He is currently involved in some fascinating litigation representing an individual who sponsored a spouse only to watch her  immediately divorce him after she immigrated.  She also left him on the hook for tens of thousands … Read More

Spousal Sponsor is Pregnant with Someone Else’s Child

Meurrens LawFamily Class (Spousal Sponsorships, Parents & Grandparents)

When someone sponsors their spouse or common-law partner to immigrate to Canada, it can often be difficult to determine how detailed one’s application should be.  Should one include every aspect of their relationship history, including marital difficulties?  What about instances of fidelity? Several Federal Court of Canada decisions involving cases of alleged misrepresentation against applicants … Read More

Guest Post: Suing your Spouse for Fraudulent Marriage

John NelsonFamily Class (Spousal Sponsorships, Parents & Grandparents)

(Note from Steven: I met John at the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia branch annual conference in San Francisco.  He is currently involved in some fascinating litigation representing an individual who sponsored a spouse only to watch her  immediately divorce him after she immigrated.  She also left him on the hook for tens of thousands … Read More

Conditional Permanent Residency for Some Spousal Sponsorships

Meurrens LawFamily Class (Spousal Sponsorships, Parents & Grandparents)

On October 26, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC“) implemented conditional permanent residency for certain people who immigrate to Canada under the spousal-sponsorship program.  The implementation of conditional permanent residency took affect on October 25, 2012, the day prior to CIC publicizing it.   The change was not retroactive, and will not affect sponsorship applications which … Read More

Significant Changes Coming to the Spousal-Sponsorship Program – Conditional PR and Sponsorship Bars

Meurrens LawFamily Class (Spousal Sponsorships, Parents & Grandparents)

Fresh off his efforts to crack down on crooked consultants, and having just introduced legislation to deter “bogus refugees,” Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, is now focusing his scopes on deterring sham marriages.  He has made (or is in the process of making) two significant changes to Canada’s spousal-sponsorship program.  While both … Read More