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Married immigrants have to stay together for two years or face expulsion

posted Mar 18, 2012, 12:51 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 12:51 PM ]
By Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press February 16, 2012

WINNIPEG — Married newcomers to Canada better be in love or be prepared tough it out in the relationship for two years if they don't want to be kicked out of the country.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is changing Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations to make a sponsored spouse stay in the relationship for at least two years once they receive permanent residence status, or they have to leave Canada.

"For two years, you have to stay married," said Winnipeg Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux, who heard the news on Valentine's Day as a member of the standing committee on Citizenship and Immigration. The government is bringing into force regulatory changes to deter marriage fraud, he said.

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