Federal government cracking down on marriage fraud
Some newlyweds now face a new rule the government says is designed to combat marriage fraud.
The regulation applies to Canadians or permanent residents who bring their spouse to Canada from overseas.
They'll now have to live together in what the government calls a legitimate relationship for two years or the sponsored spouse could lose permanent resident status.
The rule will only apply to those who have been married less than two years and have no children together at the time of their application.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says sometimes the sponsor in Canada is being duped and sometimes the marriage is actually a commercial transaction.
He says implementing a two-year conditional permanent residence period will help deter fraud and the victimization of Canadians.