Sponsorship restriction to address marriage fraud
I hear many stories from individuals who have been offered a minimum of $10,000 to go overseas and marry an individual, could be a distance cousin, friend of a family or even a stranger, for the purpose to gain access and permanent residency upon entrance into Canada. Upon entry into Canada in many cases the “now” husband and wife do not even acknowledge each other, live in the same place of residence or even have any interaction other than going to the lawyer after a specific period of time to file for divorce. Many times this is the first time they meet in Canada.
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Not only have these individuals broken the laws, they have gained access to Canada illegally and are entitled to all the perks (health benefits, social benefits etc) upon arrival. What has Canada gained? A criminal, who is reaping the benefits of all programs and systems in place and may or may not be a successful contributor to society rather a burden.
In March 2, 2012 the government of Canada announced restrictions to the sponsorship program to deter people from using marriage as a loop hole to immigrate to Canada. The new changes effective immediately forces individuals to wait five years from the day they are granted permanent residence status in Canada to sponsor a spouse or to sponsor a common-law partner. This serious step towards stopping marriage fraud and placing conditions surrounding the Canadian permanent residency should make people think twice before entering into a union which will leave them open to investigations into the personal life and financial obligated to support the spouse for up to three years. Not only has the government tied the hands of individuals but are holding each individual who are knowingly committing a crime accountable for their actions.
After speaking with some individuals who have committed this fraud and trying to understand the reasons behind their decision to commit this fraud I was shocked to learn that they actually believed they are helping and bettering the life of the individual being sponsored. They totally disregarded the fact that the government and other Canadian tax payers were being held accountable financially and having to bear the burden of higher unemployment rates and higher infrastructure costs. Some of these individuals are unable to speak the language, unable to obtain a job, support themselves and end up using resources meant for current residency of Canada. If these individuals are willing to commit a crime to migrate Canada this should be a red flag to what else they may be willingly to do to be successful.
Lastly I think it’s a great move by the Canadian government to put a stop to the sponsorship fraud being committed and it’s important to preserve our Canadian values and what the people of Canada really stand for.