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Immigration marriage fraud crackdown raising concerns about domestic abuse

posted Aug 18, 2012, 11:19 AM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Aug 18, 2012, 11:20 AM ]
BY TOBI COHEN, POSTMEDIA NEWS JULY 11, 2012 Canada.com

OTTAWA — A new policy aimed at cracking down on marriage fraud in the immigration system is poised to take effect by early fall, Postmedia News has learned — and despite an attempt to alter the plan in the wake of widespread criticism, many concerns persist.

The plan to create a two-year conditional permanent resident status for sponsored spouses and partners has faced considerable criticism, particularly over its potential impact on victims of domestic abuse, according to government records obtained by Postmedia News through access to information.

The proposal requires couples to "live together" in a "legitimate relationship" for at least two years or risk having the sponsored individual's permanent residency revoked, which could lead to deportation or even criminal charges.


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