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Spouses of Canadians to get permanent residency immediately: McCallum

By Abbas Rana      

Currently, sponsored spouses of Canadians receive conditional permanent residency upon arrival in Canada and have to wait for two years to obtain permanent-resident status. Immigration Minister John McCallum says that's about to change.

Immigration Minister John McCallum told The Hill Times that under the amended Immigration rules, sponsored spouses won’t have to wait for two years to receive permanent resident status. GTA Liberal MPs Chen and Anandasangaree want McCallum to find a way forward for undocumented residents in Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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Immigration Minister John McCallum says he’s planning on introducing changes in the “next couple of months” that will grant permanent resident status to the sponsored spouses of Canadians, immediately, upon arriving in Canada. “When spouses come in now, they don’t immediately become permanent residents; there’s a two-year period where they are not yet permanent residents,” Mr. McCallum (Markham-Thornhill, Ont.) said in an interview with The Hill Times. “We said in our platform that we will end that so

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