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24 November 2011

Regulatory Changes for Sponsors Convicted of Crimes

The Government of Canada is raising concerns about people convicted of crimes being allowed to sponsor family members to come to Canada. In 2008, a court decision allowed an individual convicted of killing his sister-in-law by setting her on fire, to sponsor his new wife. New regulatory changes will now aim to prevent a similar situation from happening again.

The Government of Canada is ensuring that the sponsorship process for people convicted of crimes that result in bodily harm against members of their family will be much stricter. The new sponsorship system will ensure that prospective sponsors convicted of crimes resulting in bodily harm are generally not allowed to sponsor family to come to Canada for 5 years following the completion of their sentence. These changes came into effect on Friday, November 18th and are now posted on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website.

The Minister adds, “Family violence is not tolerated in Canada, someone who commits a serious crime should not benefit from the privilege of sponsorship.” These new regulations aim to protect sponsored individuals from family violence.


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