Canada is likely to remove provision of Conditional Permanent Resident for sponsored Spouses or partners

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The key change planned in provisions of Spousal Sponsorship by the federal government of Canada. The conditional permanent residence provision which says that a few spouses/partners need to fulfill cohabitation requirement of two years before full Canadian permanent residence status can be given to them is going to be removed.

What is Conditional Permanent Resident Provision?

As per Conditional Permanent Resident Provision, if a couple has been in relationship for two years or less and has no children in common, any of such sponsored spouses can get conditional permanent resident status. It means that the couple will have to live together for two years after getting the conditional Permanent Resident status.

The complete permanent resident status to the sponsored spouse can only be given once they complete two years together as partner. However, if they separate with each other before two years, the sponsored spouse may lose the conditional permanent resident status as well.

Change in Conditional Permanent Resident Provision was on the cards

The change in the much talked spousal sponsorship provision was on the cards for a several months. The IRCC has informed various provincial governments in May, 2016, about their intention to make changes in conditional Permanent Resident Provision. And this was further confirmed in the Forward Regulatory Plan revealed in mid-October.

Who all will get the benefit?

If this change is implemented, it will benefit the several sponsored spouses, i.e. the individuals who are in Canada on Conditional Permanent Resident status, the individuals whose application is in process and the future applicants as well.

The sponsored spouses in Canada, who are on Conditional Permanent Resident status, will get the complete permanent resident after the removal of this provision.

The change aims at protecting the vulnerable Sponsored Spouses

Since this provision was first introduced in October, 2012, more than 50,000 sponsored spouses have been granted the Conditional Permanent Resident status. It’s indeed a huge number. However, many reports say that this particular provision often results in abusive relationship.

Though, the IRPR (Refugee Protection Regulations) allows the exception to this rule in case of abusive relationship, however, one must apply for the exception.  Moreover, most of the immigrants are either not aware about this exception or they are hesitant to apply for the same. It is evident from the fact that only 307 individuals have applied for this exception since the inception of conditional permanent resident provision.

Nevertheless, if the change is approved to this provision, it will be great news for many of the sponsored immigrants.

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