Canada will continue Improving Spousal Visa process- Marriages of Convenience remains a Concern
The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will continue to improve the application process for sponsoring the Common Law Partners and Spouses in Canada. Recent changes to the family reunification program have enhanced the process already and the essential amendments may continue in future as well for further improving the process.
Spousal Sponsorship Immigration Program- A key program to reunite couples and families
Spousal and Common Law Partner Sponsorship Program is a key part of Canadian Immigration system and immigration policy that helps reunite a hug number of couples and families every year in Canada. However, in last few years, “marriages of convenience” have been the key concern for the Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
What is a marriage of convenience?
A marriage of convenience is basically a fake marriage or relationship pretended to find entry in another country based on Spousal Visa. The individuals seeking easy entry in Canada without going through the federal or provincial immigration process often get involved in such illegitimate activities. However, the immigration authorities have got the various checks in place to detect such “marriages of convenience”, i.e. interviews, document verification, house visit, etc. To with these checks, the IRCC has also launched a comprehensive application package in December, 2016 for the people sponsoring their common-law partner or spouse to Canada. This package shall specify the documents need for the candidates.
Marriage of convenience- An overview of the Statistics
As per the recent IRCC reports, 2,228 spousal sponsorship applications got rejected in the year 2015, due to the applicants were detected to be involved in a marriage of convenience. This number of such refusals accounted for total of 6.1% of all PR applications rejected the same year. Till first week of January, 2016, a total of 778 applications were being examined in doubt of a marriage of convenience.
The figures indicate that a huge number of applications are now being identified as authentic applications. The June 2016 data reveals the 86 percent success rate of applications under Spousal or common-law partner sponsorship program. There are two aspects of rejections in case or marriage of convenience. First, if an applicant is found to have maintained a marriage of convenience to immigrate to Canada. Secondly, an applicant had broken off its earlier relationship to and entered into a new relationship to find the entry in Canada as a sponsored spouse. Later, such applicants resume previous relationships to sponsor their ex-partners to Canada.
Canadian Government is in support of genuine spousal sponsorship entrants
The government is in support of the genuine and legitimate spousal sponsorship applicants. In fact, the government has a plan to welcome 64,000 new applicants under spouse or common-law partner sponsorship, as well as dependent sponsorship program.
The IRCC has also made key changes in the family reunification program to facilitate the entry of people coming to Canada on family-sponsored visas.
A few of these changes include:
- Reduction in the family reunification processing time to 12 months and
- Removal of Conditional Permanent Residency for certain spouse sponsored visa holders
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