As of April 28, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that the conditional permanent resident status for all spouses and partners sponsored to immigrate to Canada will no longer be in effect. As a result, spouses and partners that immigrate to Canada will automatically have full permanent resident status upon arriving in Canada. This comes as a great relief to all spouses and partners that are arriving in Canada. These changes came into effect by the Liberal government to help spouses and partners that may be vulnerable when coming to Canada. Watch our video below on the changes to the PR provision for spouses and partners immigrating to Canada and what this means for permanent residents as a whole.
Conditional PR Provision No Longer in Effect for Spouses and Partners Video
The Liberal government has implemented these changes in order to reduce the vulnerability of sponsored spouses and partners that are immigrating to Canada that may stay in abusive or dangerous relationships only due to the fact that they are afraid they might lose their permanent residency as a result. Although, there is already an exception to the condition for those specific circumstances, sponsored spouses and partners still feel scared and vulnerable in those cases. The original conditional permanent residence provision was placed into effect by the Conservative government as a way to reduce the amount of individuals looking to immigrate to Canada through non-genuine and misrepresented relationships. It is important to note that the current Liberal government still takes this into consideration as it is a very serious problem; however, the Liberal government also states that "the majority of relationships are genuine and most spousal sponsorship applications are made in good faith." They truly believe that the elimination of the conditional permanent residence "upholds the government's commitment to family reunification and supports gender equality and combating gender violence." Furthermore, in this video, it also mentions the benefits of being a permanent resident of Canada; therefore, if you'd like further information, please watch the video in it's entirety.
If you'd like to sponsor your spouse to Canada but are unsure what documents to include with your application or how to get started then please don’t hesitate to contact us at 416-477-2545. Our immigration experts will be glad to assist you with your immigration matter.
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