The legislature in Canada opposes the concept of polygamy, yet, the immigration authorities seem to be accommodating this fact.
The law against polygamy
Canadian Law strongly indicates that any marriage after the first one is illegal.
Of course there are other conditions to be looked into. If an individual wants to marry a second person then he or she has to first divorce the existing spouse.
Immigration and Marital Status
Immigration law in the country suggests that an immigrant can enter Canada with the first wife only if he is coming on a permanent basis.
If he wants to bring any other wife than the first one, then he will have to divorce the rest of the wives and remarry the one he is willing to sponsor or bring along to the country. This marriage has to be performed according to valid rules in Canada.
You will have to submit enough proof that your marriage is genuine and you fulfil all the criteria. Factors like age gap between husband and wife would not be looked into by immigration Officials. All they would like to see is the genuine approach.
A person can come to Canada with a married wife; he can divorce her and go back to his native country, marry another woman and bring her along. This loop can be treated according to the convenience of the immigrant. Effectively, there is no control or monitoring measures adopted by the Immigration Department.
The lacking in immigration Laws
An Immigration Lawyer informs that there is no law to exclude immigrants with polygamous status from acquiring permanent residency. All an immigrants needs to do is to enter the country with first wife and assure them that this marriage is going to last longer.
The law clearly mentions that a polygamous marriage can be shown as monogamous one if a couple maintains this status from the time they enter the country.
Polygamy is observed as a crime in Canada, yet, such people manage to acquire Residency Status here, and probably this is due to a drawback in the Immigration Laws as well as a little ignorant job from the Immigration Officials.
Even the children from marriage after the first one can also be brought along as dependents, provided there is no charge of abduction on the parent bringing them along.
The fraud cases
There are cases when people into polygamous relationship entered Canada with may be wife and then another wife joined him by mentioning herself to be a cousin to this man.
The Immigration Department has placed rules to check the entry of any individual with more than one wife. But, there is a need to take a re-look at the laws because they have their own loopholes. People coming from countries wherein polygamy is not a crime take advantage of these loopholes and twist them for their own convenience. Officials need to be more alert and laws need a revision.