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Five-year sponsorship bar to crack down on marriage fraud

posted Mar 18, 2012, 3:48 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 3:48 PM ]
By Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News March 2, 2012 The Province

OTTAWA — A five-year sponsorship bar to crack down on bogus marriages of convenience falls short of addressing the real problem, critics said Friday, shortly after Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced the regulatory change.

Starting immediately, Kenney said spouses will have to wait five years from the day they are granted permanent residence status before they can sponsor a new partner.

The move is meant to prevent people from fraudulently marrying Canadians for the purposes of immigration only to leave them and then sponsor a new partner while their Canadian spouse is still financially responsible for them for three years.

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