Even if you and your spouse both are on zoom call virtually, but Canada’s immigration department demands you to be in the same place physically to get married for spousal sponsorship.
Furthermore, Canada’s immigration department doesn’t acknowledge virtual marriages for family-class sponsorship, nevertheless, foreign spouses could still be able to cross the border.
Marriages on Zoom not accepted for Canadian Immigration.
The rule dates back to the year 2015. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) determined that only Canadian Armed Forces members could sponsor their partners who they married from a far-off location, and only if specific situations compelled the marriage to be done only or “by proxy.”
This conclusion, which is initiating some cross-border couples annoyances today, was an attempt to stop victims of forced marriage from being entitled for immigration. Proxy marriages expedite this type of abuse, as neither individuals has to be there for the solemnization. In plain words, it is simpler to push two people to get married if they are not the ones signing the contract.
But when it’s about legitimate couple who needs to have a video conference wedding due to covid-19 measures, immigration law experts question whether or not it is considered as a proxy wedding.
The dissimilarity between proxy and virtual weddings is that proxies can be done by a delegate, whereas couples join in virtual ceremonies either via video messenger, phone or even fax.
The rules and regulations under the Immigration Refugee Protection Regulations exclusively states that couples have to be “physically present” at their marriage ceremony in order to be judged for spousal sponsorship.
According to IRCC and Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), “To be counted physically present at a marriage ceremony, both husband and wife must have joined in a wedding ceremony in person”.
The “in person” merit appears to be gradually called for during the Covid-19 pandemic. Demand for virtual marriages increased in March 2020 and has stayed constant since.
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