This Week’s Success Story: Spousal Sponsorship Appeal – Genuine Marriage
This month, we
successfully helped two clients appeal the refusal of their spousal sponsorship
Our clients fell in
love online despite differences of religion, education, and caste, and eventually
decided to marry despite intense opposition from both sides of the family.
Sadly, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada disbelieved that people
from such different backgrounds would genuinely choose to marry one another,
and claimed that if they had really wanted to live as husband and wife in
Canada, they would have first gotten to know one another’s families and held a
big traditional wedding.
We worked closely with
both spouses to help them explain the deeply personal story of how they had started
as friends and fallen in love unintentionally. With our assistance, our clients
learned how to effectively document and testify about their struggle to
reconcile cultural/family pressures with their feelings, their realization that
they wanted a future together despite their different backgrounds, and their
extensive, continuing efforts to bring their families around so that they could
eventually hold that big traditional family wedding in the future.
In the end, our clients were able to convince the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board that their marriage was absolutely genuine, and the Board announced it would set aside the refusal on very day of their hearing. We wish them a romantic and prosperous future together!