As one of the best immigration systems in the world, there are certain measures that Canada immigration officials have in place to detect and disallow entry those who are found to be engaging in marriage fraud. This is because marriages of convenience done so only to gain entry into Canada is considered a crime.
That being said, spousal sponsorship applications in Canada are still among the more popular ways of gaining entry to the country as a permanent resident. While the process can be tedious, legitimately married couples should have no trouble proving their marriage’s validity before a Canadian immigration official.
The Interview Process
That being said, married couples should expect high-level scrutiny from a Canadian visa officer. After you’ve set up all the documentation and paperwork, you and your spouse will be interviewed by a visa officer separately.
The questions will not exactly be the same, but these are all designed to verify that you and your spouse have lived your lives together. This means that the information that you and your spouse supply should be identical. The visa officer decides whether or not your spousal sponsorship application to Canada will continue, so it’s very important to make sure that your interviews go well.
There are two important points to remember when it comes to the Canada spousal interview process.
- First, any attempts to lie during the interview process can be used to render your current and subsequent applications inadmissible. This means that you won’t be able to apply for sponsorships again in the future, even if the false information was given by mistake.
- The interview process can be very unpredictable, as there is no defined set of questions that a visa officer may ask. Sometimes, the interviewer may wish to dig deeper into a certain topic and gloss over another. This is designed to keep applicants on their toes and prevent the system from being gamed.
To prove your marriage’s legitimacy, a visa officer may ask about intimate details about your relationship with your partner. Questions regarding when and where the two of you met, as well as details regarding the events that led up to your wedding, are very important to recount correctly.
It’s also very common for officials to ask about certain cultural elements of your marriage, especially if you come from very distinct cultures! You may be asked to supply pictures of the wedding itself to verify your relationship further. This is because deviations from known cultural traditions can raise suspicions.
In more extreme cases, Canadian visa officials have been known to ask for proof of correspondence between you and your partner, which include emails, instant messages, Skype conversations, and phone logs.
The Second Interview
Once you arrive in Canada, you can expect to undergo another interview with a border official from the Canada Border Service Agency. The questions will be much less complicated compared to the one you just had with the visa official, but should nevertheless be taken seriously.
The border official will ask you questions to confirm that you match the identity of the person described in your official documents and confirm that you have not brought items that are not allowed entry to Canada.
Some of the more common questions are the following:
- Were you previously convicted of a serious crime in your home country?
- How long will you be in Canada?
- How much money have you brought with you?
- Did you bring any live animals or plants with you?
- Did you bring materials derived from an endangered species?
Given the level of scrutiny that Canadian officials use to screen applicants who enter Canada through spousal sponsorships, you and your spouse must prepare for the interviews as thoroughly as possible. If in doubt, you and your spouse may benefit from an immigration consultant’s services who can provide training and helpful tips to make the sponsorship process as smooth as possible.
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