My Spouse Sponsored Me But He Has Now Abandoned Me – Will I Get Deported?

I came to Canada as a sponsored spouse last year.  Last month, my husband abandoned me, after a very difficult period of terrible arguments and finally violence.  I am afraid that he will have me deported from Canada, and I am worried because my visa is conditional on us cohabiting for two years.  What should I do?

You should seek proper legal advice right away.  Although the law now requires sponsored spouses to cohabit for a minimum of two years, it also contemplates situations where cohabitation is no longer possible, in particular in situations of domestic violence.  You should prepare to answer questions from immigration officers.  Our immigration consultants will be able to prepare you properly, and relieve some of the stress you may be experiencing.