Conditional Permanent Residence for Spouses

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) effective October 25th 2012 has amended the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (the Regulations) with regard to sponsored spouses, common-law or conjugal partners.

According to the new regulation, the sponsor and the sponsored will be subject to conditional permanent residence if they were in a relationship for two years or less and have no children together. The sponsor and the sponsored spouse must live in the genuine relationship of two years from the date the sponsored spouse receives permanent residence status. It they do not live in that relationship, the sponsored spouse’s status may be revoked. This conditional permanent residence applies to those whose applications are received on or after October 25, 2012—the day that the amendments came into force. This condition ends after two years.

There is an exception. You do not have to live in the relationship for two years if you are abused or neglected by your sponsor or their family.

Under conditional permanent residence, the sponsored spouse has the same rights and benefits as any other permanent residence, which means they can work and study and have health coverage and social benefits. If the relationship breaks down, the sponsor remains financially responsible until the end of the three-year undertaking period, irrespective of the cause of the breakdown.

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December 3 2014