Informing IRCC About Marital Status Change

Published on: January 10th, 2024
Last updated: January 15th, 2024

Many people wonder when and if they need to inform the IRCC if marriage happens while PR application in process. It is important to note that it is essential to inform the IRCC about changes to your family composition such as a marriage. Failure to do so could have disastrous and long-lasting implications for the applicant. 

Do I need to inform IRCC about my Marital Status Change?

Yes, it is required that you inform IRCC about your marriage. Unfortunately, this is not optional and is something that you must do according to current Canadian immigration rules. Your admissibility depends on your spouse’s admissibility as well. Hence, this is an obligatory step that you must complete regardless or not if your spouse will not accompany you to Canada.

Informing the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) about a change in marital status is important for several reasons:

  1. Legal Compliance: Keeping your marital status information up-to-date with the IRCC ensures that you are in compliance with Canadian immigration laws and regulations. Failing to provide accurate and current information may have legal consequences.
  2. Impact on Immigration Status: Marital status can affect your immigration status, especially if you are in Canada as a sponsored spouse or partner. Changes in marital status may impact your eligibility for certain immigration programs or benefits.
  3. Processing of Applications: If you are in the process of applying for permanent residency, citizenship, or other immigration-related benefits, updating your marital status allows for the accurate processing of your application. Delays and complications may arise if the information on your application is inconsistent with your current status.
  4. Family Sponsorship: For individuals who are sponsoring family members, such as a spouse or common-law partner, keeping the IRCC informed about changes in marital status is crucial. It ensures that the sponsorship application reflects the current circumstances accurately.
  5. Social Benefits and Rights: Marital status can have implications for social benefits and rights in Canada. Updating this information with the IRCC ensures that you receive the appropriate benefits and are aware of any changes in your entitlements.
  6. Communication from IRCC: The IRCC may need to communicate with you regarding your immigration status, and having accurate and current information, including marital status, is essential for effective communication.
  7. Preventing Issues in the Future: Proactively updating the IRCC about changes in marital status helps prevent potential issues or misunderstandings in the future. It ensures that your immigration records align with your current circumstances.


Do I Need a Marriage Certificate to notify IRCC of my change of status?

While specific requirements may vary based on individual circumstances, in general, you may not always need a marriage certificate to notify the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of a change in your marital status. However, providing supporting documentation can strengthen your case and expedite the processing of your request.

Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Change in Marital Status: If you are notifying the IRCC about a change in your marital status (such as getting married or divorced), you typically need to inform them through official channels.
  2. Documentary Evidence: While a marriage certificate is often accepted as documentary evidence of a marriage, other official documents may also be considered. This can include legal documents issued by the relevant authorities in your country that confirm your marital status.
  3. Common-Law Partnerships: If you are in a common-law relationship, the IRCC may require documentation that demonstrates the legitimacy of your relationship. This can include joint bank statements, shared utility bills, or other official documents that establish a shared life.
  4. Sponsorship Applications: If you are sponsoring a spouse or partner, you will likely need to provide evidence of your relationship, which may include a marriage certificate or equivalent documentation.
  5. Application Forms: When notifying the IRCC of a change in status, you will typically need to complete specific application forms. These forms may outline the required supporting documents.
  6. Consult with IRCC or a Professional: It is advisable to consult with the IRCC directly or seek advice from an immigration professional to understand the specific requirements based on your circumstances. They can provide guidance on the necessary documentation for your particular situation.


My Spouse Is Not Accompanying Me to Canada, Do I Still Need to Update Ircc After I Receive My Copr? COPR?

Regardless of your spouse’s intentions to come to Canada, applicants must still inform the IRCC of their marriage. This is because your family composition has changed, and IRCC needs to be aware of this change. If you do not update IRCC, it can result in your application being refused. You could also be banned from applying for permanent residence for up to five years. Therefore, it is important to take the steps necessary to inform them of the change.


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