Immigration Canada - PanCanadian Immigration Law Group

5 year marriage ban?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Pioneer, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Pioneer

    Pioneer Member

    I am not sure if my friend is mistaken. She is an American and was married to a Canadian for 10 years. They divorced over two years ago. Now she wants to remarry. Her future husband is an American who happens to work in Canada. She was told that she has to be divorced at least 5 years before she can remarry. I've never heard of that law! Is it only because she wants to marry an American, or would that apply to her marrying a Canadian, as well?
  2. Panusa

    Panusa Administrator Staff Member

    The rules don't affect marriage - only sponsorship. If she (the American friend) arrived in Canada as a sponsored spouse, then she has to wait 5 years from the time she received permanent residence to sponsor again. However, individuals can gain permanent residence without sponsorship. For example, her new American husband who works in Canada may be able to get permanent residence through the Canada Experience Class, and skip sponsorship altogether.

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