The Dangers of Making Immigration Status Conditional on Living with a Spouse

By Lobat Sadrehashemi

Lobat Sadrehashemi is a lawyer at BC Public Interest Advocacy Center. She holds degrees in law and social work from the University of Toronto. Lobat practices in the areas of human rights, constitutional, regulatory and poverty law. She has a particular interest in working on the systemic issues facing those without secure immigration status in Canada and has written several pieces for Battered Women’s Support Services on immigration policy and violence against women.

Making immigration status conditional on living with a spouse has dangerous implications for newcomer women. By amending the laws the federal government of Canada is increasing the risk of violence for women who are already vulnerable. In this piece, Lobat outlines the risks for women and children, challenging conditional permanent residence and the potential violations of The Charter through this amendment.

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