How to Prove Your Marriage is Genuine in Canada


New Spousal Sponsorship rules to prevent immigration marriage fraud

In March of 2012, the government of Canada brought new rules for the Spousal Sponsorship program into effect. These rules were aimed at individuals and couples who took advantage of the program to commit fraud – for example, sponsored spouses using their Canadian spouse to come to Canada and then abandoning them. Spousal SPonsorship Applications

New restrictions will not allow the sponsored spouse to become a Canadian permanent resident until they have remained in a genuine marriage with their sponsor for two years. The couple may also be interviewed to determine if their marriage is “genuine”.

If you have a legitimate marriage, you do not have much to worry about and nothing to hide. It’s important that anyone interviewing you and immigration officers are able to tell that your marriage is genuine. It’s an unfortunate circumstance to have to prove that your marriage and love for each other is “real”, but as the old saying goes – a few bad apples spoil the bunch and the government is no longer wanting to take any chances when it comes to spousal sponsorship.

There are some documents you may not consider that will help you prove them.

  • Children’s birth certificates
  • Family health, home and car insurance
  • Tax forms
  • Joint bank accounts and credit accounts
  • Investment forms

Ensure that the above documents are originals, not copies. If they are in another language, ensure that you are able to provide a copy to immigration authorities in either English or French.

Keep in mind that spousal sponsorship fraud is FRAUD – and comes with serious consequences. The same goes for forged or fake documents. It’s simply not worth it.

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