Common-law-partners and spouses of immigrants in Canada who are sponsored to immigrate to Canada will enjoy the status of fully fledged permanent residents from now onwards. This was confirmed by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada that announced the abolition of the provision of conditional permanent residence, as quoted by CIC News.
The Liberal government has said that by eliminating the condition of provisional permanent resident the concerns of vulnerable partners and spouses are being addressed. These spouses might remain in an abusive relationship for the fear of losing the status of permanent residents in Canada. This was in spite of the existence of a condition that prevails for these kinds of scenarios.
The government has also said that the elimination of the condition of provisional permanent resident upholds its commitment to combating gender violence, supporting gender equality and family reunification.
The elimination of this condition was anticipated for a while now. IRCC had stated in its October 2016 Forward Regulatory Plan that it intends to transform the provisions of permanent residence for spouses in Canada to address their concerns.
IRCC had also stated that the advantages of conditional permanent residence have not been revealed to outnumber the threats to sponsored partners and spouses who are vulnerable owing to the requirement of cohabitation for two years. The elimination of provisional permanent residency is also recognition that most of the relationships are authentic and applications are submitted in good trust.
The elimination of provisional permanent residence will also facilitate removal of possible threats faced by neglected and abused partners and spouses. It will also aid to further the commitment of the government to combat violence based on gender.
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