Press Room

“The Jig is Up on Marriage Fraud” says Minister Jason Kenney

On October 26, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minster Jason Kenney announced a new regulation requiring spouses or partners, in a relationship of two years or less and who have no children in common with their sponsor at the time they submit their sponsorship application, to live in a legitimate relationship with their sponsor for two years from the day on which they receive their permanent resident status in Canada. It is hoped that by implementing this two year conditional permanent residence period that this will eliminate marriage fraud scams and prevent the victimization of innocent Canadians who are exploited by potential spouses attempting to gain citizenship by marrying a Canadian.

This conditional permanent resident requirement applies to all applications received on or after October 25, 2012. The new regulation provides for a number of exceptions to the two year conditional residence rule where the sponsored spouse is abused or neglected or where the sponsor has died.