Family Class – Spouse

Changes to Definition of Dependent Child – Age Increase to 22 Years Old

November 8, 2017

By: Law Office of Jeff Jiehui Li As of October 24, 2017, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) increased the age limit under the definition of a “dependent child”. Individuals under the age of 22 years old now qualify as dependent children upon submission of an application for permanent residence, provided that…

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Elimination of the Two-Year Cohabitation Period in Spousal Sponsorship Applications

August 1, 2017

As of April 18, 2017, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) repealed the conditional permanent residence requirement. The requirement for the two-year cohabitation period no longer applied to new and existing applicants under the spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner categories, as well as those that had the two-year requirement while being…

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New Divorce Process for Certain Non-residents Who Married in Canada

August 24, 2013

[The following is a news release provided by Jeff Li, Toronto Family Law Lawyer.] OTTAWA, August 16, 2013 – The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the coming into force of a new divorce process for certain non-resident couples who married in Canada. “I am pleased to…

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Spouses must live with sponsors for two years to keep permanent resident status

October 27, 2012

Mississauga, October 26, 2012 — In an ongoing effort to deter people from using marriages of convenience to cheat their way into Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) introduced a new regulation that requires certain sponsored spouses live in a legitimate relationship with their sponsor for two years or they risk losing their permanent resident status.…

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Couple fined $120,000 for immigration fraud following government crackdown

October 6, 2012

[National Post] When Reha and Ecehan Ozcelik landed at Montreal’s Trudeau airport on Sept. 17, they told the border officer who questioned them they were permanent residents of Canada and lived in Montreal. And yet, they couldn’t answer basic questions about the city where they claimed to reside. On Wednesday, the Canada Border Services Agency…

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Conditional permanent residence proposed to deter marriages of convenience

March 15, 2012

The following is a news release by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, provided to you by Toronto Lawyer Jeff Li. Ottawa, March 9, 2012 — Today, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney announced measures to further strengthen the Government of Canada’s ability to crack down on marriage fraud. Under the new proposal, now open for…

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5-year ban imposed on certain spousal sponsorship applicants

March 3, 2012

The following is a news release by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, provided to you by Toronto Lawyer Jeff Li. Toronto, March 2, 2012 — The Government of Canada has put in place a bar on sponsorship in an ongoing effort to deter people from using a marriage of convenience to come to Canada, Citizenship, Immigration and…

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Potential spousal sponsorship program change? Married immigrants have to stay together for two years or face expulsion

February 24, 2012

http://www.canada.com/life/Married+immigrants+have+stay+together+years+face+expulsion/6160581/story.html

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Immigrant marriage fraudster finally deported

February 15, 2012

http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Immigrant%2Bmarriage%2Bfraudster%2Bfinally%2Bdeported/6147773/story.html

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Live-in caregivers made to work longer to earn status; Ottawa faces legal challenge over backlogged immigrant visa applications

November 27, 2011

Live-in caregivers made to work longer to earn status: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1092211 Ottawa faces legal challenge over backlogged immigrant visa applications: http://www.thestar.com/iphone/news/article/1091558--ottawa-faces-legal-challenge-over-backlogged-immigrant-visa-applications

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