What Is The “Conditional Permanent Residence” Related To Spousal Sponsorships?

The Government of Canada introduced a new rule that requires that some spouses or common-law partners live with their sponsors in a legitimate relationship for two (2) years or risk losing their permanent residence status.


If the spouse/partner does not remain in the relationship, their permanent residence may be revoked. There are exceptions, however, in cases where the sponsor dies and for spouses/ partners who are victims of violence, abuse and neglect by the sponsor or a person related to the sponsor.

The Government anticipates that this new regulation will help prevent and deter immigration fraud and so-called ‘marriages of convenience’ or ‘marriages for immigration purposes’.