Punishing Spousal Sponsors

August 5th, 2014

A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Chris Alexander recently boasted that “Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the world”. Maybe so, but don’t ask Canadian citizens and permanent residents, who are sponsoring their foreign national spouses, to second that opinion, especially those caught in the quagmire of the in-Canada sponsorship process.

The current immigration regulations permit a foreign national spouse to be inside or outside Canada during the sponsorship process, so long as, in the former case, the foreign national is already legally in Canada when the process begins.

In the past year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has doubled the processing time on inland applications and there is feeling among many of the individuals affected that the additional delay has been manufactured. At best, it is seen by some as a deterrent to utilizing the inland option and, at worst, it may be a signal that CIC soon intends to put an end to the in-Canada sponsorship option.

Spousal sponsorship is a two-stage process for both in-Canada and outside-Canada applications. The first stage always occurs in Canada and it involves an assessment of the Canadian sponsor’s eligibility. The second stage is about assessing the foreign national and it includes health and criminal clearances. Last year, the first stage of inland applications was taking six months to complete and it now takes eleven months. To put this in perspective, the first stage of outside Canada applications is being completed in less than two months. There is no difference in the work being done. It’s purely a policy decision.

For in-Canada applicants, completion of the first stage of the process is significant. It is only then that the foreign national spouse is entitled to a work permit and a provincial health card. The longer wait is more than an inconvenience; it causes financial and emotional hardship. It doesn’t have to be this way. Canada grants open work permits to the spouses of international students and many temporary foreign workers, right from the moment they enter Canada. Nobody is saying this is wrong, but what is available to temporary foreign residents with few ties to Canada should also be given to spouses of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. After all, they are residents-in-waiting. Why punish them for doing what the regulations allow?


 
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60 Responses to “Punishing Spousal Sponsors”

  • On August 6th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Canada Sucks!
    I’m born and raised in Canada. Inland Sponsored my US wife with no criminal record and excellent health. We have two children in Canada while we wait for CIC to do their job. Eight years of waiting. During the whole time re-submit expired documents, my wife had NO medical coverage and NEVER LEFT THE COUNTRY. I had to pay for the birth of both our children. After eight years of waiting CIC tells my wife to leave the country after living in Canada waiting for CIC to do their job. During the eight years CIC enforces her to get three medical exams exposing her to radiation. CIC and CANADA DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT FAMILIES. Screw you Canada. I’m ashamed of my country. The division Canada has caused to me and my family is criminal.

  • On August 6th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    The applicants from Pakistani origin are in a very desperate situation. Their process/ completion time is 24 months and in some cases more than that. It’s a total disregard to human rights that Canada quite prominently renowned and stands for in the world. Why and on what grounds the married couples are forced to be away from each other for such a long period. Before this process time was 6 months then 8 then a year thgen 18 months and now 24 or more. Why ? What extremes of mental and psychological torture the pairs are suffering…is there anybody in immigration and citizenship ministry could feel the miserable condition the poor pairs are in for such a long time…yes…yes…few fraudulant cases made immigration ministry to lengthen this process probably as a punishment…sorry to say, it’s not even punishment…it’s humiliation to human rights…Guys ! Let them come in and have a check on them here, if you have some suspicion…whether they are living together or not…whether they are genuine pairs or not…How can you certify their legality when you, yourselves are keeping them away from each other for such a long time…Alas ! you are declaring them guilty before letting them prove their innocence…what an injustice demonstrated in a country like Canada…unbelievable ! ! !

  • On August 6th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    I am shocked to read what happened to my Bro’s wife even after living in Canada for eight years…O’ CANADA what this ministry of immigration doing to you…to your great name !

  • On August 6th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    I am 100 % agree with these responses especially, the Pakistan one. I don’t know what immigration Canada is doing……..I just want to let me know that what is the reason of cases to be delayed who have two or three children. Have they still need any proofs to prove their relationship legitimate???

  • On August 6th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Since my first post was made in frustration let me clarify.
    I am born and raised in Canada.
    I applied to CIC for an inland sponsor for my US wife.
    While waiting for CIC we had to re-submit multiple documents since they either lost them or they admittedly were not opening recieved mail for 4 to 6 months after receiving the mail, thus submitted documents would expire while waiting in line to be reviewed.
    During the eight years that we wait for CIC to make a decision, my wife has no medical coverage at all and she never leaves Canada to visit her family(parents, siblings) in the US.
    While waiting the 8 years my wife is exposed to radiation treatment 3 times for breast exams. Not good Canada.
    Within the eight year time period my wife and I have two Canadian born children which I had to pay all the hospitals bills for during their births.
    My wife has no criminal record and is in excellent health.
    The final decision from CIC was to tell my wife to leave the country. The grounds for their decision were obsurd.
    Now they command a wife to leave her established family in Canada.
    Well I have turned my back on Canada as well. Shame on you Canada, you do more to help people in other countries than your own citizens.
    Canadian immigration has to answer to NO ONE. They are a completely useless tool of the government that would rather destroy their own citizens than admit fault within the immigration department.
    Today they are a very dangerous arm of government since as I said, they answer to NO ONE. Not even their own representatives of the Canadian government. It’s actually quite scary with what Canadian immigration gets away with. They are an enemy unto themselves.
    Some of the ways that Canadian immigration treats their own citizens would more than likely be found guilty in a human rights court.
    I repeat. Screw you Canada, and thanks for doing an absolutely perfect job of dividing my family where mother and father cannot live together with their two young children. My children will never forget the hardship that Canada has imposed on us.
    Thanks for nothing!

  • On August 7th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    I served this country for 34 years in Canadian military. I have been married 3 years. Now I read it will take 11 months to approve me as a sponsor! What is the problem here! What a messed up system. I am a CDN, born n raised in Canada. And had one job since I was 18, a 34 year military career, fighting for the values such as our so called world class immigration system. I should be exempt from any scrutiny. I am ashamed at our Government and its discrimination of CDN citizens such as I. Wake up Immigration Canada and treat your Canadian citizens with the respect they deserve. (Especially your Veterans) !

  • On August 7th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Wow! I wasn’t aware US citizens had to be sponsored. What a joke.

  • On August 7th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    The Canadian government I using people for financial gain, when you put in an application you lose all your money they refuse your application you always have to re apply its an on going process , money and greed. Foreign workers are being treated unjustly, they are causing division within families they keep families separate, and children that are born here are not even treated as a citizen of this country. meanwhile many Canadians abuse the system and misuse the system to the full they don’t even want to work they just want to live off the system. Those of us who has job offers and can work and take care of our self and contribute to the Canadian economy are being treated unfairly by the Canadian government, Its digusting.

  • On August 7th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    i have been always wondering,
    “Could there be anyway to quick fix the working problem for Resident-in-waiting ?”
    I am late 20s and gave up my foreign career to meet up with my wife here. But I am waiting hopelessly; Watching my precious time and career opportunities dies away…

    The regulation which supposed to be made for people and prosperity only seems to be on the opposite now !

  • On August 7th, 2014, Arash said ...

    I am so terrified to see both U.S and Canada Immigration are so easy on letting terrorists and radical muslims to become resident only because they have so much money and they keep building mosques as if they are in Saudi . but when it comes to normal family like me who wants to bring his family from Iran and run away from the stupid Islamic regime in Iran it’s almost impossible or takes for ever. we are the one who respect western values and way of living but it breaks my hard to see muslims who cover there face and hair is seen more and more every day in canada and the U.S what a shame that class and education and human values are no more a way of western life now it’s only about money they don’t even care if they turn the whole North america to a radical muslim country as long as money is pouring in. people in western countries have so much freedom and that is what makes those government to work harder to satisfy there people in western countries so by letting more radical muslimes in, they are hopping to reduce that freedom to turn people to real slaves like in middle east countries .

  • On August 8th, 2014, Azhar said ...

    I am not agree with all of you Canadian CIC system is the best I have ever seen..I am a Pakistani national and married to Canadian wife in march 2012 and we both applied to spouse visa from outside canada in december 2012. We both are living in Pakistan now and my Sponsor(wife) had moved to pakistan in 2008 and she married to me in 2013 after completing her graduation from Pakistan.I as a applicant came to know after marriage that she is Canadian and she want me to sponsor to live in Canada permanently…after that I started to read CIC we site and policies and I came to know that if we applied from pakistan then my immigration case will move to the Islamabad office and then they will take 32 months to process and case and it is a very long time but I do not have any problem with this long time as my wife is also living with me in Pakistan. So I prepared all the documents and proof’s, I have collected all the wedding pictures,Walima,Rukhsati,I have attached all my original educational documents,police and medical certificate…I have read all the documentation and have read the check list carefully..and I took me 5 months to prepare and scrutinize each and every point as CIC want to see completed applications..Finally I have sent completed application with out any error. After submitting documents there I got a reply from CIC after 1 month about sponsorship eligibility has been approved for my wife and my application has been transferred to UK office…Ohhhh I am expecting that my immigration file will moved to Islamabad office for further process up to 32 months as we applied from Pakistan and we select visa office Islamabad …But CIC sent my application to UK office and now process will take only 11 months.So there is nothing like punishment to pakistani origin people or humiliating the human rights. ACTUAL THING IS THAT CIC just want completed and well prepared application placed in an order according to checklist and attached all the documents as possible to facilitate them as this is a genuine application so that they can easily understand your application with out any fatigue…It does not matter weather you are in USA in Canada or in Pakistan…They just want to see your completed application other wise they will put your application in queued/waiting.

  • On August 16th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    i don’t believe why Canadian Government do that with their own people now for pakistan thay changed for 32 month even more than that there is anybody who help us or we will use our vote power to disagree your policy’s in next election

  • On August 20th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    The worst part of CIC and their immigration process for the inland applicants is that we are left in the dark, uninformed about the progress during the most of the process. There are only 2 ways to find out what’s going on with the application. One is checking out the status at the website, which gives you no information at all until you actually get the sponsorship approval. The other option is to call, wait for 30 minutes and finally get through to talk to contact center agent. But they have no idea what they are talking about and the information they give us is useless and sometimes they lie to us. I don’t understand why they can’t at least update the website and put a comment to let people know why it’s being delayed if it’s being delayed. It is so frustrating that there is no way to contact CIC. I’ve tried contacting our local MP and give us any kind of lead, but they said they are not hearing anything back from Alexander’s office either. Our application has been transferred to Mississauga office without any notice and since it’s been transferred, there has been no movement at all.

    Alexander and his team should all be taken away from their positions for making Canadians suffer so much for something that could be a simple, fast process.

  • On August 20th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    They doing everything and we can do nothing but complaining from our side and totally ignoring from them. it’s even more tragedy nowadays as they started to take away citizenship’s from Canadian born, even those who haven’t other nationality. despite the Constitution clearly state that they cant take the nationality from someone who doesnt have another nationality.
    I dont know why this extremely right wing government doing their best to establish problems for everyone in Canada.
    I hope one day those who implement these acts to taste from the same cup

  • On September 7th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    I can`t agree more with the previously said. I am also in a similar situation with my husband.
    I am Canadian, I was born in Canada. I have been with my husband for 7 years now. He is an athelete who moved to Canada to be with me. This year he was discriminated in every way because he doesn`t have his papers. He would be an Olympic contender but without citizenship he will not be eligible to compete. It is sad that Canada lets talents go to waste because they don`t want to recognize it. If he does not receive his permanent residence card this year he will not be eligible to be part of the Canadian National Team even though he proved himself at competitions. We are also in contact with our MP since August and he said that they would expedite the process. We haven`t heard anything since then. Very frustrating…..

  • On September 7th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    wow. I visited this section to know how am I going to bring in my wife . REALLY this is not the Canada that I thought of. How can you keep the wife and husband separate from each other. I don’t know what to do . Question that I am left with is do I really want to go through this traumatic process. Waiting and wasting precious years of my life, my youth, energy and sweating for something that I am never going to get. There has to be someone who can make the minister and the staff accountable for such inhumane, sick , brutal and psychotic paranoid actions.

  • On September 7th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    I will like to share another story of an international student who was my friend from Pakistan. I am a Canadian citizen . He applied for extension of study permit and was serious regular full time student. Was having trouble finding a suitable and economical room to rent in. It turns out that the Pakistani consulate in Vancouver don’t have the machine for giving its citizen a machine readable passport. A nuclear power and don’t had the machine which caused serious troubles for my friend and the continuation of his studies. Due to his search for an economical and appropriate room with the suitable living environment and with the kind of room mates who also shared the same goals he ended up in a police situation where he had to call police twice because of the conduct of the room mates who didn’t share his goals. What happened . Well the manual passport which he showed to me didn’t include the mention of issue date and the expiry date on the same page . But in the application form that he uploaded on the website he did write the correct expiry date of the passport. He waited and he waited. He waited and he waited . After the processing time for the finalization of the application elapsed he called the immigration and they said they had sent the decision via mail and by post. His mailing address was that of his brother. According to his account he kept on calling his brother every time he would call immigration and would get the reply that they have sent him the final decision. This wrong poisonous information by CIC jeopardise and influenced the relationships between the 2 brothers very badly. Finally after he called CIC for the last time that he was told by the agent that his application wasn’t processed at all and that it was hard for the agent why his application wasn’t processed at all and wasn’t concluded in time. These deliberations or lapses can lead to murders but I guess CIC wont realize it. One false report by anyone who would differ with a serious attitude for studies and without verification by RCMP and CIC can ruin the studies, lives and careers of so many visitors who come to persue a life with their families here in Canada only to know later that the union of the visitor or even a citizen/pr with his own wife and kids is not possible in this country. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU CANADA? THIS IS NOT THE CANADA THAT THE ALL TIME BELOVED LEADERS OF CANADA LEFT FOR US

  • On September 18th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Thanks CIC, all our savings are done. We entered the process basing on the posted timelines. Spouse even had a job lined up, but off course can’t work till OWP issued.
    Now I have to work 2 full time jobs to make ends meet.

    Off course not fault of the govt/CIC, I (we) did this to ourselves.

  • On September 29th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Another week has passed with no progress made for Inland sponsorship files – as of today, the processing time is still sitting at July 30, 2013, it’s been the same situation for the past several weeks, and more than half a year now since March 2014, CIC has only processed applications received in July 2013, putting thousand Canadian families in financial and emotional limbo.

    There was an article written by Lawyer David Cohen, who has first-hand experiences with the Inland process, published on the well-known immigration website canadavisa.com on August 14, 2014 that is worth your time reading:

    Punishing Spousal Sponsors – By Lawyer David Cohen
    A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Chris Alexander recently boasted that “Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the world”. Maybe so, but don’t ask Canadian citizens and permanent residents, who are sponsoring their foreign national spouses, to second that opinion, especially those caught in the quagmire of the in-Canada sponsorship process.

    The current immigration regulations permit a foreign national spouse to be inside or outside Canada during the sponsorship process, so long as, in the former case, the foreign national is already legally in Canada when the process begins.

    In the past year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has doubled the processing time on inland applications and there is feeling among many of the individuals affected that the additional delay has been manufactured. At best, it is seen by some as a deterrent to utilizing the inland option and, at worst, it may be a signal that CIC soon intends to put an end to the in-Canada sponsorship option.

    Spousal sponsorship is a two-stage process for both in-Canada and outside-Canada applications. The first stage always occurs in Canada and it involves an assessment of the Canadian sponsor’s eligibility. The second stage is about assessing the foreign national and it includes health and criminal clearances. Last year, the first stage of inland applications was taking six months to complete and it now takes eleven months. To put this in perspective, the first stage of outside Canada applications is being completed in less than two months. There is no difference in the work being done. It’s purely a policy decision.

    For in-Canada applicants, completion of the first stage of the process is significant. It is only then that the foreign national spouse is entitled to a work permit and a provincial health card. The longer wait is more than an inconvenience; it causes financial and emotional hardship. It doesn’t have to be this way. Canada grants open work permits to the spouses of international students and many temporary foreign workers, right from the moment they enter Canada. Nobody is saying this is wrong, but what is available to temporary foreign residents with few ties to Canada should also be given to spouses of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. After all, they are residents-in-waiting. Why punish them for doing what the regulations allow?

    There was a Canadian mother-in-law, who wrote: “The delay appears to be a tool used by the government to deter people from applying for inland spousal sponsorship. It is extremely difficult for these couples, especially if they have children, to make ends meet financially on one income and the lack of accessible health care the system puts vulnerable people at risk. It appears that the current position of the federal government is biased against Canadians who meet, fall in love and marry someone within Canada. I watched a video on the Minister of Immigrations website and found the propaganda offensive. It does not reflect the relationship of my son and his wife. This fear mongering must not continue and each applicant deserves timely service and fair evaluation based on the merit of their application.”
    There have been countless miserable stories shared on the Internet about how this irresponsible delay has damaged the Canadian families that are directly involved. They are Canadian-born sponsors feeling betrayed by their own country when they see their hard-earned tax dollars used to fund for different immigration streams that brings in and provide health coverage for temporary foreign workers and their accompanying spouses, and the Canadians have to pay out of their pockets for their sponsored spouses, or for delivery of their newborn children right in Canadian health facilities. They are the sponsored spouses that are forced to sit at home and watch life move on outside because they are made to believe it is a mercy from Canadian government for the Inland sponsored spouses to be with their Canadian spouses while waiting. Many of them are very talented, capable individuals. Many of them are PhD, health specialists, artists, economists from all over the world, coming to Canada to be with their loved ones and hope that they will be able to work and to contribute to Canadian society, but what this government has done to them make them feel so insulted.
    I urge you to wake up and have this issue addressed immediately. By neglecting this issue, you are telling Canadians and the world that Canadian government doesn’t care much about family values, doesn’t bother to review unreasonable immigration policies, and doesn’t want to admit your problems.

    If you cannot make things right for your own citizens, your own country, nobody would be convinced that Canada is a big player in the international human rights activities, a peace keeper, and a democratic nation.

  • On October 25th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    The Canada Immigration department is out of control.
    The immigration act itself is probably a good piece of law, but what goes wrong here is its interpretion and application.
    I myself just returned from an interview because my spousal sponsorship. I have been married 3 times. 24 years for my first marriage, 1 year for my second marriage where I felt victim to marriage fraud. My current wife’s application was refused because the officer lady sensed a fake marriage that only serves
    my wife to get access to Canada. Needless to say that is just utterly nonsense. In fact my wife has a better life in China than she or me ever could have in Canada.
    She owns 2 condos and the value of such is about 1.3 million USD. All are paid in full. She has a car and a good position in management in the family business.
    I told my wife that I am very happy to have a not genuine marriage. In fact I feel more happy in this fake marriage than I felt in my prior genuine marriages.
    The interview lady was of Hong Kong heritage and racial biased against mainland Chinese people. The interview was supposed to be in 3 parts. First my interview, than hers and after that both of us. She interviewed me, m wife came crying out of the interview room, because the officer lady raised the voice on her and told her that my wife wastes her time. The third part never took place. When I went back to the interview room, there was already another couple sitting there.

    Reading here about many cases makes me think that it is time to change something about the procedures that are applied. After all, we applicants are not just pieces of paper. Each of us has a life that is deeply effected form the decisions that immigration Canada loads upon us.

  • On October 28th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    we submitted almost a year ago when processing time was only 6-7 months. We depleted our funds and now I’m going back home poor, no house, just the clothes in a suit case. Thank you Canada for wasting my wife’s, my new daughter’s, and my time. You promote family unity but you tore mine apart thanks to your increased wait times. Not only that, you took a father’s precious time with his daughter away so he can go back to his home country to make money to support her and her mother.

    Take my application and throw it in the trash. Keep my application money because you probably would anyway.

    Your system is fraud. You say the police records are only good for one year. How can applicants that must wait OVER one year if they must get new ones from their home country? I already know I would have to go back to mine and if I came across the Canadian border I would be denied and my application refused.

    So, thank you, again, Canada for wasting my family’s time and separating us. Hopefully, in a few months I can sponsor them to my home country, where I’m sure they will be happier anyway with its warmer climate, beaches, and MUCH lower taxes and decreased immigration times.

  • On October 31st, 2014, Linda said ...

    The immigration department says that the rules are made hard because there are many who utilize the loop holes and get through the PR procedures. I do agree to the part of it, there are frauds and they utilized the lenient earlier laws. I don’t understand how as the law becomes tougher many people who deserves are not getting through whereas those who look for a easy way in, gets through.
    I’ve been fighting for me and my only family, my sis and niece, but I lost them; their PR application was cancelled. Now, I’m trying for appealing with the help of Matthew Jeffery, Toronto, and I’ve heard a lot about their cases and my last hope and chance is with them.

  • On November 8th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    I requested to Canadian Government to decrease immigiration processing times from Pakistan to Canada. 33 months too much time

  • On November 12th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    The processing time is now up to 13 months – unbelieveable!

    Please everyone, get this issue trending on social media. It does not make any sense for it to only take 44 days for someone to sponsor a family member outside of Canada, but someone who is already here and contributing to the economy has to wait over a year. How is this fair?

  • On November 13th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Those were the days, when you go and meet in-person with Immigration Officer and get things done spontaneously.

    Canada needs more immigrants in order to survive because they are too busy to enjoy and not able to produce enough children to run their country. It’s not that Canadian Politicians are not corrupt; they knew and maneuver an excellent plan by injecting immigration consultants and hide immigration officers in bunkers. We all can see how rapidly people entered Canada from Asia by the name of “TFW”. It’s all rubbish.

    Canadian Citizen should allow to bring her or his spouse within a week. Most of these immigration officer(s) are trained Astrologers and refused spouse application because they doubt or bring out their own family experiences and let couples suffer.

  • On November 18th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Why cic govt punish foreign spouse so harshly..

  • On November 20th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Wish CIC UNDERSTANDS THAT ARE HONEST, TRUE PEOPLE IS THE WAIT……WHOSE CAREER AND FUTURE IS AT STAKE.

  • On November 20th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    There’s just no compassion or understanding of the stress caused to families. Our M.P just ignores us. The processing time keeps increasing – one feels so helpless. We do not feel that we live in a democracy any more.

  • On December 1st, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    Why punish them for doing what the regulations allow ?!

  • On December 15th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    HAD CIC OFFFICIALS HAD TO WAIT 1.5 YEARS TO FEED THEIR KIDS, EAT AND LIVE THEIR LIFE PEACEFULLY THEY WOULD KNOW WHAT THIS DELAY MEANS NOW ALMOST 2 YEARS….FOR FAMILY AND EMOTIONAL, PROFESSIONAL STRESS PEOPLE GO THRU

  • On December 17th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    CIC should be ashamed!!! This waiting times are absolutely stressful! I’m spouse of a canadian citizen and my life is “suspended” for unknown reason…the processing times for spousal sponshorship are now 16 months!!!!

  • On December 30th, 2014, Anonymous said ...

    i am from Afghanistan and waiting from since December 2011 out of cic timeline process (37 months) i still didn’t get any final response on my application. this unknown system process is very frustrated for everyone. god help us now.

  • On January 14th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    I confirm that Canada has the best social services in the world, for Canadian citizens or for ensembl of immigrant, wishing to integrate into the country.

  • On February 1st, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    If I was pregnant, I would have my child in two months later.
    Five months ago we mailed our file to the Missisaga cpc. I read in your site, CIC office needs two months for answer step one about sponsor spouse and after that send file to other Canada embassy for step two.
    I don’t know what happened they didn’t answer step one yet, I really worry about that because I saw my husband seven months ago for the last time.
    I just want to know when we have answer or maybe our file has problem but they do not answer us !
    Let me tell everyone about my country, in our country every Iranian men have to go a mandatory military service and start at 18 years old. My husband leaved Iran before came to 18, so if he want come to Iran just he can stay for 3 months in a year because he did not mandatory military service. so he used 3 months in this Iranian calendar year SO… … …

  • On March 8th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    I am an Indian citizen married to a Permanent resident of Canada. It’s been 14 months to our marriage and 6 months since my husband filed my sponsorship. I request Citizenship and Immigration Canada to decrease immigration processing times primarily for the spousal category. Canadian Citizen or resident should be allowed to bring their spouse within 3 months from India to Canada. 16 months is too much of time. We are wasting precious years of our life not being together. We are never going to get back this time wasted in waiting. It’s a total disregard to human rights. Why and on what grounds the married couples are forced to be away from each other for such a long period. What extremes of mental and psychological torture the pairs are suffering. It is so frustrating that there is no way to contact CIC. Please expedite the processing times!!!

  • On March 10th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    Its painful to hear about how CIC dept treats foreign spouses … After all in this globalized connected world , people move and marry whom they like…I guess government laws are designed to unite people rather separating them… What a painful system to deal with…. Every Immigrant would say the same word……if done a survey…..

  • On April 16th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    We’re all on the same boat. It’s sad how a first world country has such as slow inefficient process. For those that are doing the outland sponsorship application, including myself, consider to move and find a job in another country and stay there until the application is approved. This way you wouldn’t be separated from you spouses. It’s the best thing to do, and of course, you’d be paying taxes in that new country…. who knows, maybe you stay there forever living happily ever after. I’m going through this situation, and we’re starting to apply for work in other places where we know we could get accepted…. Think about it, things happen for a reason.

  • On May 16th, 2015, Watson said ...

    This is totally against the human rights.

  • On June 1st, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    Where is this sense of entitlement coming from??? Do you realize the number of Canadian citizens who get duped by foreign partners into thinking they are marrying for love when in reality it is for convenience and citizenship? Do you realize that you as a Canadian citizen have very little legal recourse if your sponsored partner decides to leave you the moment they land at the airport? Do you realize they have absolutely ZERO legal obligations to spend even one night with you? In all this, you are still held accountable to the sponsorship agreement! Did you know that if said foreign spouse decided to go on welfare, you, as the Canadian sponsor have know legal right to be informed of it and you will only know once the government starts sending you invoices for repayment? Sure its frustrating with the wait times…but you know what…SO WHAT! 14 months, 16 months, 24 month wait…I think the government needs to tighten its laws. It needs to do a better job of vetting these foreign spouses, because a lot of Canadian sponsors looking for love from abroad are doing a poor job of it. Sometimes you just have to be patient. Coming to Canada is not your God-given right.

  • On June 24th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    The best time with of my life when I was supposed to be with my spouse has been wasted, please expedite the process for Spouse at least, thank you Canada!

  • On July 8th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    For a 14 months processing period for a spousal visa, and now its almost 2 years waiting time and NO AOR yet, very disappointing.

  • On July 13th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    I am glad for this site Mr. Cohen. We the sponsors and applicants can’t breath a sigh of anguish or risk being excluded from Canada altogether. I am an in Canada spousal sponsor, with 42 year of lawful and productive record of citizenship in Canada. I am over 65 of age and and have been waiting for my wife for over two years. I need her to be with me in the most urgent way. My abilities and faculties are withering away. She is my only solace and support, I may not live long enough to see her join me. According to the Canadian bill of rights Article 12, Everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment. This applies to all the citizens not just the accused, if the Canadian charter of rights is anything more than a piece of paper than no one least of all a old man be deprived of the comfort and companionship of his wife. CIC authorities exercise judgement and discretion in all kinds of ways but never to benefit a sponsor or applicant.
    On paper CIC allows applications by sponsors residing outside Canada with their spouses, but when it comes to processing the PR applications are rejected on the grounds that your Canadian national spouse has no effective links to Canada. Like property, a place to live, a job, permanent address, bank account etc. etc. If the sponsor has been away from Canada for a few years they may not have all these and can acquire them once the PR application of the spouse has been approved and they have moved to Canada. How can anyone arrange for these connections/amenities when you don’t even know how long before the PR application is approved.
    As for the government trying to protect her citizens from non-bonafide relationships with foreign nationals, that is baloney. I have been married to my wife for over 4 years, lived with her for 2 years, visited her 3 times in the last 2 years for a total of 8 months, and if I can’t see this as nothing but a genuine relationship the government has no chance of learning otherwise. After two years of waiting the first response we get is that there may be a technical defect in my last divorce. This is the only objection so far, had I known I would have declared us both a common law couple and possibly avoid the impending trouble altogether. I applied for her to visit me, with resources 5 times the LICO, and her legal eligiblity for immigration there was virtually no chance we would resort to any illegal tactics, but she was refused. By the time they might be ready to issue call for medical examination her police certificate will have expired. I have known applicants whose medical exams expired (with a validity of a year) due to slow processing . I can’t help but conclude these delay are designed to discourge applicants by applying resources far short of needs. Certain locales remain favoured examples Philipines or India, massive sources of inmigration and temporary foreign workers to Canada the wait times are under a years for spousal applicants. CIC rarely discloses operational figures, and when they do figures are manipulated. There is no transperancey and accountability. Living a nightmare in Canada.

  • On July 20th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    WELL FOR THOSE OF US WHO AREN’T MARRYING JUST FOR THE “FUN” OF CANADA AND IT’S RIDICULOUS HEALTHCARE BUT FOR THE REASON OF ACTUALLY LOVING OUR SPOUSE AND OUR CHILD WE HAD TOGETHER- ALMOST LOST TOGETHER AND HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 4 YEARS AND TOGETHER FOR 6 don’t exactly like living here amongst people who make them feel like garbage.. don’t exactly like having ZERO health coverage,don’t exactly like NOT being able to work due to discrimination EVEN THOUGH WE ARE SUPPOSEDLY ALLOWED. I have a greta college degree.. never gone without a job.. my husband holds an over the top top secret clearance for his government job and I have a spotless record not to mention we have a 2 1/2 yr. old child together.. joint banking, bills etc.. and yet it’s been over a year and our application hasn’t moved past received.

  • On August 13th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    To sponsor a spouse from Pakistan is 40 months now, but that is a joke because I have been waiting for 4 years now for husband and his kids to come to Canada. Papaers were sitting on someones desk for 1 year. If I did not request the notes on the file, God knows how long it would take. Thank God it is moving again but nothing for 3 weeks now since passports were requested. Something has to be done about the Canadian Immigration . People who shouldnt be allowed in this country are here while innocent people who do everything the proper way are made to wait.

  • On August 17th, 2015, taxpayer said ...

    all above that’s happened cause of marriage with trades!

  • On August 25th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    Would it also take that long for a Canadian citizen like me to sponsor my wife in the Philippines to come and live with me here in Quebec?

  • On September 4th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    Sir, I totally agree to what you said. I am outland applicant , why would they not update or process files quickly with their procedures and policies in place? newly married couple first few years is the bonding period and for planning family. spouse and sponsor would be in depression in these few years because of the processing times. I have been in canada for 5 years now and I love canadian system and multi culture, but these processing times are killing every one who apply for immigration. families are suffering, depression and upsetness. hope some one does good for all of us. If the processing time is so high, when would we plan kids and buildup family and settle in life? people come with aim and ambition to succeed in life but these processing times are killing dreams and more over drawing couples into depression ! i hope something good happens and system would think 1000 times before killing peoples hopes and dreams.

  • On September 5th, 2015, Bob said ...

    So many stories, mostly the same, CIC makes delays! They do not communicate nor do they send the proper paper work at times. CIC denies Canadian Citizen their rights. If I can marry a Canadian in Canada why does it take so long to get my application done. I traveled in & out of Canada all my life and now it is a big deal cause I married a Canadian. I here USA immigration is just as absurd!! Where can a couple with resources live in peace with some amount of freedom, most of North America is out. Best part is all the money sent is non refundable so they can keep getting paid! These are Canadians doing this work not “Government” The people of Canada make the Government or is it the Government that make the people? Again I have crossed this border enough times Canada should have the info they need on me or why would they keep letting me in?? The Governments of Canada & The United State are made up by her Citizen so don’t blame government blame the people that you pay in those positions.
    If they,you or whoever does not want us here then lets make that decision promptly, 2+ years is at least ridiculous in most cases.

  • On September 14th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    Discrimination (noun) :

    Treating a ​person or ​particular ​group of ​people ​differently, ​especially in a ​worse way from the way in which you ​treat other ​people…

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/discrimination

  • On September 21st, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    I am feeling insane in Canada without my wife. If I didn’t have a son here from my ex….I wouldn’t have given a shit to this country….so frustrating

  • On September 27th, 2015, Gilles Bourgeois said ...

    If a couple have been married for awhile (say 5 years), why have the spousal psonsorship in the 1st place? and encourage all that clerical stupidty to happen?

    I’ve been married to 20 years, and living with my wife for 24 years, yet all of that is irrelevant.

    Canadians need to recognize the jeopardy of bureaucratic stupidity. This does nothing to deter the influx on non-desirables. The stupidity ultimately only encourages it.

  • On October 7th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    Canada immigration you are really hurting a lot of family, especially husband and wives from the Carribean and other countries People maried, they need to be together, do not punish the good ones because of the bad ones

  • On October 16th, 2015, Natus said ...

    I have applied to sponsor my husband and the application has been in processing now for almost 14-months and we are still waiting. My husband is now living in Ghana awaiting the approval and can’t work there. We were recently asked to provide updated medical and police check since the one they had expired but now they are asking for his daughter medical assessment as well although she will not be accompanying him to Canada. I don’t understand the need for this request as it seems irrelevant at this time. If in the future my husband decides to sponsor his daughter, he can submit her medical then. I am feeling extremely frustrated, depressed, tired and not sure what to do anymore. We have no clue as to when things will be finalized. Our 16-month old baby had not seen her father since she was 4-months old. CIC is putting a strain in my family and causing us a lot of stress. When we applied in June 2014, we were told that the processing will be 13-month but now it showing 14-months but yet we’re still waiting. I need help, as leaving Canada to join my husband is not a valid option at this point as I have two other small children to take care of and have to keep my job in order to support my family. Canada is judging whether our love is real and not sure what other proof they need. I am beyond anger at this point. CIC is not accountable to anybody nor do they respond to people request for information. I have thought about leaving Canada in the next couple of months to allow my daughter the opportunity to bond with her father…I can’t let them ruin my family

  • On November 20th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    Its been 11 moths since I have sponsored my wife, the file is still under processing. Its just inhumane. She asks me everyday when are we going to meet and all I can say is we will meet soon but I don’t know when.

  • On December 5th, 2015, Anonymous said ...

    This indefinite processing time is draining my family. It’s unbelievable. Don’t know what to say.

  • On December 11th, 2015, taxpayer since day one in Canada said ...

    It’s been 8 months since I got married, Permanent resident of Canada and citizen of India. I lived with my wife only for 1 week so far after marriage because I had limited casual vacation. 2 of my friend’s has even worse experience, they even spent whole first year of their marriage alone. Recently they celebrated their first marriage anniversary alone. And outland application processing time says 17 months after 2 months to get file number. This is completely inhumane and violation of human rights. Even visitor VISA for their wife’s spouses got rejected because their application doesn’t show much tieup with their home country. Why they even have to show tie up if they already applied for PR and they got theri sponsorship approvals and file number??

  • On February 4th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    we should implement on student who come to study but dont join the insitution and get married to stay here! there should be se strict rules regarding these kind of frauds.if we give them a chance to pursue further study then its thier duty to be honest and do that but i hear so many stories like student comes to study but gets married because family pressure and they dont even bother studyin and stay here to get citizenship, we should def make n go over some rules.. thats my humble request..

  • On February 6th, 2016, Nuri Zaydik said ...

    Hello everyone, I’ve been fighting the CIC since 2012 for my wife to be able to join me here in Canada. We are currently in the process of our second application as our first one was rejected in 2013. To all those human right deniers out there who claim that being able to be reunified is not a right, I would like to provide a couple of international declarations that clearly indicate that it is in actuality a fundamental human right. I quote several articles from the U.N. universal declaration of human rights of which Canada is a signatory I might add. Article 16 – 1. Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. 2. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. 3. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State. Article 15 -
    1. Everyone has the right to a nationality. 2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality. Article 13 – 1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State.
    2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country. Article 7 – All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination. Article 2
    Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
    Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty. In conclusion I am confident that I have made my point. Just saying… Thank you.

  • On February 25th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    July 13 2015 comments by Anonymous: In August 2015 submitted response prepared by lawyers in Pakistan and Canada to objection that mine was an excluded relationship. We quote the actual law and related judgments of superior courts. It is now end of Feb 2016. No response none what so ever from CIC. Only automated responses that are designed to conceal than reveal. Application status “In process”. We have none that for the last 2 and half years. In recent months the processing times table for diplomatic posts outside Canada indicated application processing time for Pakistan had climbed to 47 months for spousal PR applicants. Perhaps that looked too embarrassing to even CIC, masters of obfuscation now indicate a blanket figure of 17 months to process PR applications (including approval of sponsorship) in 80% of cases. Well that would mean 100 should be processed in around 22 months. My wife’s PR application has been process since June 2013. That is give or take 32 months. That kind of separation between Canadian couples would double the divorce rate. My wife is now going into deep depression and I am beginning entertain ideas of suicide. I don’t want to live without my wife, the only good thing to happen to me in 66 years of existence. I could leave Canada and be with my baby, but I am a citizen and owner in common of this country I am not leaving, not alive anyway. I am not surrendering my citizenship rights after 43 years of living here, department of immigration be damned.

  • On April 5th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Terrible System!

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