- Conditional Permanent Residence and Partner Abuse
- Your Rights as a Sponsored Person with Conditional Permanent Residence
Conditional Permanent Residence and Partner Abuse
Husbands or other members of the family sponsor many immigrant women. It is important to know what your rights are as a sponsored person.
As a sponsored person you may have conditional permanent residence. This means that you must live together with your sponsor in a “legitimate relationship” for two years from the day you receive conditional permanent residence.
If you are being abused by your partner, you can request an exception to the rule that says you have to live together.
The government has rules in place to protect people from partner abuse. If you are a victim of abuse or neglect, you do not have to stay with your partner. It does not matter if you have conditional permanent residence. In Canada, abuse is not tolerated.
How To Request an Exception
If you have received conditional permanent residence status, you can request an exception from the condition at any time during the two-year conditional period.
You can do so by calling the CIC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100. Any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Your Rights as Sponsored Person with Conditional Permanent Residence
Once you have been given conditional permanent residence, you have all the rights and privileges of a permanent resident:
- You are allowed to work or study in Canada without a work or study permit.
- You have access to health coverage and social services.
- The government offers support for people who are unable to provide for themselves and their families
- You are allowed to leave and re-enter Canada.
To learn more, see Information for Sponsored Spouses or Partners on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.