By Vera Samuel Anyagafu

CONJUGAL partner visa/Spousal visa, a family reunification process, and one of the vital components of Canada’s immigration agenda, is made available to an applicant, who is married to  a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and intends to get reunified with the spouse, following separation that may have resulted from war, persecution, or other legal barriers.

Under this provision, the applicant can successfully apply to sponsor his conjugal partner as well as dependent children for permanent residence in Canada upon approval. Processing of the reunification becomes very easy if the said applicant has been maintaining an on going marriage relationship with the Canadian partner, and once the visa is granted the partner in question will automatically be given permanent residence and also the right to join the sponsoring partner in Canada.

Basic requirements: In applying for conjugal partner visa, the applicant is mandated to present at least a one year ongoing, genuine and uninterrupted relationship between him and the Canadian citizen or permanent resident, declaring that cohabitation was not possible due to reasons that were beyond their control.

The sponsor is expected to also sign an undertaking that he shall be responsible in catering for all the needs of the partner for a duration that will last three years, and the dependant children, for at least a period of ten years, beginning from the moment they arrive Canada.

The law also requires that the partner must, prior to arrival, undergo health and character checks in order to ascertain that he or she is without any trace of insanity or dampening health crisis. Those who had previously sponsored relatives are required to provide additional stipulated documents as proof to show that they are eligible to sponsor a spouse. It is also the rule that a spouse must be legally married to his/her partner in a legally valid marriage institution that is being recognized by both Canadian law and the law of the Country where marriage was conducted.

Entitlements: Once sponsored under the family class, the conjugal partner is granted permanent residency, and is accorded an indefinite right to live, work and study in Canada. The partner is also entitled to Canadian unique government-funded health care, subsidized education, and language training program, as well as the assistance of securing a paid job with an entitlement to pension plan, including the option to participate in retirement plans, such as Canadian Registered Retirement Saving Plan (RRSP).

Another added advantage is that the sponsored shall have the privilege of being part of those who are classified to receive old age security. Above the many freedoms that are granted to a conjugal partner who has been granted permanent residency is the ability to apply for Canadian citizenship, without hassles.

Canada institutes national consultations on Immigration


CITIZENSHIP Immigration Canada (CIC) has launched a cross country consultations on immigration to deal with issues which bother basically on the appropriate level of immigration to Canada.

The development will also tackle matters bothering on most convenient immigration for Canada among economic, family and refugee and humanitarian classes.

The consultation is expected also to focus on the reformation of Canadian immigration system to become faster and more flexible, taking into account operational ability to process applications in a timely manner, as well as the capacity of Canadian communities to welcome newcomers.

Commenting on the development, a Parliamentary Secretaries of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Rick Dykstra, said: “Discussion will also be on deciding the total number of people to be granted Canadian permanent residency. CIC must give its decision after considering the balance of the Canadian government’s immigration objectives, as well as broader government commitments, input from provinces and territories;  current and future economic conditions”.

…As pressure mounts for reduction of foreign student fees

FOLLOWING reports portraying the high charges levied on foreign students in Canada, a group of university chiefs has been mandated by the government to suggest ways to attract more foreign students and researchers to the country.

The report suggests that Canada educational policy makers should, as a matter of urgency, consider the practice of differential tuition fees in a highly competitive global international market.

It was noted that “Foreign students brought Canada more than $8 billion up from $6.5 billion earlier, and at present Canada has over 218,000 full-time international students”.

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