Spousal Sponsorship Changes

Spousal Sponsorship Changes

Spousal Sponsorship Changes

Spousal Sponsorship Changes

Immigration Canada recently announced changes to the way spousal sponsorship works in Canada. They have scrapped a rule passed in 2012 by the Conservatives that said a sponsored spouse must live with their Canadian sponsor for a probationary period of two years before they receive permanent residency.

The object of that 2012 law was to prevent fraudulent marriages, or “marriages of convenience,” where a spouse would arrive in the country under false pretenses and then scram right away.

The major concern that led to the 2017 rule change appears to be that spouses, mainly women, could be placed in abusive situations from which they could not escape for two years for fear of deportation from Canada.

I believe this was a good move as far it was advertised, though it should be noted that spouses did have an avenue of appeal for getting out of a bad situation without being deported:

In its first two years of operation, government data showed only 57 women submitted applications asking for exception to the two-year requirement based on a relationship of abuse and neglect. Of the 57 requests, 75 per cent were successful.

Marriage Fraud

The spirit of the rule change is a good thing: protecting women. However, the announcement puts us back to square one in that it does not address the problem of fraudulent marriages.

Bogus marriages do exist, sometimes with pretty stiff consequences for the people that get duped. This story from 2012 is an example of why the probationary period was put in place:

An 82-year-old B.C. pensioner is on the hook to the government for $25,000, after marrying a Russian woman who left him the day after she got permanent resident status in Canada.

“Several times I thought I will have a nervous breakdown over this,” said Heinz Munz, of Black Creek. Munz said he believes his now ex-wife used him, with the help of her daughter, to get legal status in Canada.

He is going public because the B.C. government is now forcing him to pay for social assistance she collected after she left.

Fraudulent marriages don’t always involve someone getting duped, either. Sometimes the sponsor is in on the act:

Li would have lived happily ever after except for Project Honeymoon, a 2008 investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that uncovered an alarming number of purchased marriages of convenience. In May, Toronto ringleader Wei Ren Z— aka Christine Ren and Christine Molson — was sentenced to two years less a day of house arrest for orchestrating an elaborate scheme where 130 Chinese students paid her between $30,000 to $35,000 each for marriage to a Canadian sponsor, complete with staged photos, hired actors and rented finery.

So yes, we should be concerned about fraudulent marriages.

Spousal Sponsorship Changes – Now What?

I think the upshot of this latest rule change will be longer wait times and more refusals for genuine spousal applications.

We have encountered cases in the past few years where visa officers – aptly named “program integrity officers” – have done extensive marriage investigations, including telephone calls to relatives, and in-person house calls to see who is living at the address given on an application. I now expect these investigations to become even more in-depth.

In a sense, the two-year probationary period was a safety net that visa officers had to ensure someone really wanted to be married to somebody before coming to Canada. Now that the net is gone, visa officers will have to concentrate on applicants and their spouses before they come to Canada. That means paperwork, much more intense interviews, subsequent application refusals, and appeals. All of that equals time. Get ready to wait in line.

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Top Professions in High Demand for Immigration in Canada

Top Professions in High Demand for Immigration in Canada

Top Professions in High Demand for Immigration in Canada

Top Professions in High Demand for Immigration in Canada

For the immigrants who want to pursue their career aspirations in Canada and are not aware of the qualification and skill sets needed for the best professions for immigration to Canada, then you are at the right place. Here, you are at the right place to know about the top professions in high demand for immigrants in Canada.

If you want to have a lucrative job in Canada as an immigrant, then these are the best choice of professions for you.

Read Below the Top Professions In High Demand For Immigrants In Canada

Many eminent migration consultants believe that in there are few professionals that are always in great demands.

Software programmer and gaming experts

Are some of the predominant occupations. In addition to this, there is a high demand for the various engineering professional.

A career in gaming is indeed is becoming one of the most flourishing and secure choices of profession. Hence, in case, you are into gaming career and are planning to migrate to Canada, then go on.

Other than the above two professions, there is a huge demand of qualified people who can analyze business needs and requirements.

Information System Analyst

is a position that is always in serious need. In fact, new immigrants do not need any license to apply for this profession. So, do not think too much before you shift to Canada with this kind of qualification.

Moving forward, chefs and cooks are always in constant demand. Furthermore, there is always an inadequacy of expert framers and carpenters mainly in Ontario and Saskatchewan. Any person with these types of skill sets and qualification can easily get work in Canada. Besides, all these professionals do not need any kind of certification or licensing.

There are various career opportunities in the construction industry of Canada also. There is always a significant demand for heavy equipment operators. These are individuals who can handle big machines such as bulldozers and cranes, during construction works. Long-haul drivers are also required in the industry with substantial demands. You can prosper in a country like Canada with expertise in these areas.

The last choice of profession in Canada that is in high demand is Caretaker or let us say “Caregiver” indeed, for both onsite and outside. Caregivers are professionals who take care of the old people, children and the house in the absence of working couple. Since the parents cannot give time to their children due to career engagements, and also aged people need lots of care in the absence of their working children, these caregivers are always in large demands. Along with this, Nursing coordinators and supervisors are also in demand.

In fact, there is usually a shortage of management professional in Canada.

Hence, there is a great need for managers also in various sectors of different industries such as education, health, business and communication services as well as social and community services.

For people who want to migrate to Canada, it is always recommended to hire a qualified immigration consultant to ensure a full-proof procedure to send your application. For more knowledge, please leave a comment below and we would revert to your queries.

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Nova Scotia Reports on ‘Remarkable Year’ for Immigration to the Province

Nova Scotia Reports on ‘Remarkable Year’ for Immigration to the Province

Nova Scotia Reports on 'Remarkable Year' for Immigration to the Province

Nova Scotia Reports on ‘Remarkable Year’ for Immigration to the Province

Nova Scotia welcomed nearly 5,500 new immigrants in 2016, more than at any time in the last seven decades. The province’s Minister of Immigration, Lena Diab, stated in the provincial legislature that the results show that Nova Scotia is well on the way to achieving its goal of welcoming 7,000 immigrants per year by 2024.

“It’s my extreme pleasure to report that we’ve had a remarkable year for immigration to Nova Scotia,” said Diab to her peers. “I am so proud of these results; they reflect the hard work that we’ve been doing to grow our population and make Nova Scotia a more diverse and welcoming province.”

Of the newcomers who settled in Nova Scotia as new permanent residents last year, 1,350 were nominees through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) (PNPs). As recently as 2013, only around 600 people came through this route.

Recently released data from the federal government shows that a further 2,386 newcomers (applicants and accompanying family members) came through the federal Express Entry system. Other newcomers arrived through family sponsorship programs and as refugees.

With an eye towards breaking this new record again in 2017, Minister Diab added that she is “looking forward to another outstanding year for immigration. We have a total of 2,150 spots to fill in 2017, that is the 1,350 spots for our Provincial Nominee Program and 800 spots in our new program, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot [Program, AIPP]. We’re on track to break more records.”

In addition to the NSNP and AIPP, Nova Scotia continues to welcome a steady flow of federal economic migrants, sponsored persons, and refugees.

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