Program delivery update: Assessing child marriages
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
January 10, 2020
The instructions have been updated to assist officers in assessing the legal validity of a child marriage that took place in Canada.
These guidelines must be followed when a spousal sponsorship application is submitted by a sponsor or a foreign national who is 18 years old or older at the time of submitting the application but was under 18 at the time of marriage.
- Processing spouses and common-law partners: Assessing the legality of a marriage (section on minimum age for marriage in Canada)
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