The Liberal government has repealed the immigration rules that required migrants sponsored by their Canadian spouses to stay in the relationship for two years before earning their permanent residency.
The conditional permanent resident visa for sponsored spouses came into effect into October 2012 under the Conservative government in an effort to deter marriage fraud and marriage of convenience.
The announcement was made by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen on Friday and was hailed by migrants’ advocates. The advocates said the previous requirement placed sponsored newcomers, especially women, at risk of abuse.
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