Is a Spousal Interview routine for Immigration?

One of the frequent questions that I am asked is whether an interview is necessary for all sponsorship applications involving immigration applications concerning marriages or common law relationships. The answer is – no. Generally interviews are not conducted on spousal sponsorship interviews so long as enough documentation is provided that shows a real and on-going[…]

Soon Spouses of Canadians Will Immediately be Granted Permanent Residency.

Within a timeframe of the next couple of months, Immigration Minister John McCallum is planning on introducing changes that would grant permanent residency to sponsored spouses. Sponsored spouses currently are granted only conditional permanent residency upon arrival in Canada, having to wait for two years to obtain permanent-resident status. This system was introduced by the[…]

Victim of Marriage Fraud?

Each year, hundreds of newly-married Canadians find that their dream of a marital bliss shattered through deception, manipulation and misrepresentation of foreign spouses who have come to Canada by duping the sponsor. Although the immigration department is vigilant in requesting and reviewing substantial documentation to assure the bona fides of the relationship, there are still[…]

Assessing a Non-Genuine Marriage

Have you ever wondered how immigration officers conclude that a marriage is non-genuine? Officers must be satisfied that a genuine relationship exists. A marriage, common-law or dependent child relationships which are not genuine (or undertaken for the purpose of acquiring immigration) will be refused and officers are instructed to carefully examine documents that are submitted[…]