Glossary of Legal Terms
When a foreign national enter into a marriage, common-law partnership or conjugal partnership for the primary purpose of immigrating to Canada.
Hybrid offences fall between a summary and an indictable offence. The Crown prosecutor chooses whether to treat the offence as a summary or indictable offence.
Immigration marriage fraud
A sham marriage entered into for the purpose of gaining immigration status to Canada.
Indictable offences are the most serious offences under the Criminal Code and they come with more serious punishments, up to a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Someone who is given permanent resident status in Canada but who is not a Canadian citizen, as they are still citizens of another country. They enjoy many of the same benefits of Canadian citizens, however they must maintain their status by meeting certain requirements such as the residency obligation.
Summary offences are less-serious criminal offences such as disturbing the peace or unlawful assembly