Canada Abolishes Conditional Permanent Residence Provision for Spouses and Partners

Furthering the Canadian governments plans to increase foreign nationals acquiring permanent residence they have now changed their policy regarding spouses and partners. Spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens will now have a permanent resident status upon landing and not a conditional residence status.

Conditional permanent residence was introduced in 2012. Since then more than 100,000 individuals have come to Canada as conditional permanent residents. It was meant as a deterrent to anyone trying to immigrate through a non-genuine relationship. Requiring the sponsored partner to live with their spouse for at least two years before the visa lost its conditional status and became completely permanent.

Eliminating to condition for spouses and partners the government said it was addressing concerns that vulnerable partners may stay in unhealthy relationships out of fear of losing their permanent residency status. This is part of the current governments plan to combat gender based violence.

Attorney David Cohen has said “The safety and well-being of all residents of Canada is paramount, and by eliminating this provision, the government will allow more newcomers to settle and integrate, knowing that Canada is their long-term home. Overall, it helps to build a stronger society for all.”

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