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Sponsorship abuse by sponsor 

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Posted On: 8/27/2020
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Can a sponsor of a common law spouse to relocate cities in Ontario by threatening their status if they do not agree to move? Status of spouse is single status permanent residency sponsored under common law I’m Canada legally married in Ghana
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Posted On: 16 days ago
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Thank you for sharing your situation and questions with us. We can understand this must be a challenging and stressful situation to be in.

Ontario criminal law and family law protect you against domestic abuse. If you are a permanent resident, you will not lose your status for reporting abuse or leaving an abusive relationship.
Here is an excerpt from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):

“If someone is threatening or abusing you, get help right away. Please call 9-1-1 or your local police in an emergency.

  • Do you currently live in Canada and are waiting for a decision on your permanent resident application?
  • Are you facing family violence?
  • Are you afraid to leave your abusive spouse or common-law partner for fear that you may lose your immigration status?
  • Has your temporary status expired?
We can help protect you by giving you a special permit to stay in Canada. It’s called a temporary resident permit (TRP). It will give you legal immigration status in Canada. You can also get this permit for your children if they are in Canada.

In Canada, you do not have to testify against your abuser to get temporary resident status.

There is no fee for an initial TRP in cases of family violence. Depending on your situation, it's possible to apply for another TRP at the end of the initial period.”

You can learn more about how to get a TRP from the IRCC website.


You may also find this Steps to Justice article helpful it contains legal information and next steps, here is an excerpt:

“Your partner might threaten to have you deported from Canada if you report their abuse or if you leave them. "Deported from Canada" means being forced to leave the country.
Your partner cannot have you deported. Only federal immigration authorities can force someone to leave Canada.
The risk that you will be forced to leave Canada depends on your immigration status.”

It may be best to consult a reputable and registered immigration consultant or an immigration lawyer familiar with immigration issues and family law for advice regarding your situation. To find a community legal clinic in your area, visit Services Near Me.
We hope this information is helpful. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to post them here.


Sincerely,
Theresa, CCRS
Your Settlement.Org Team
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