In October 2020, the IRCC announced new measures that will speed up spouse sponsorship application processing. Apply for Spouse Sponsorship now!

Due to COVID-19, immigration to Canada, including via spouse sponsorship, has been limited and delayed.

However, the IRCC announced in October 2020 that they plan to introduce measures that will speed up the process for spouse sponsorship applications. Spouse sponsorship grants the applicant permanent residence in Canada.

What is Spouse Sponsorship?

Firstly, Spouse Sponsorship is the process of sponsoring your spouse, partner, or dependent children to become permanent residents of Canada. However, there are several eligibility requirements. In order to sponsor your spouse, partner, or child, you:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be living in Canada once the person you sponsor becomes a permanent resident
  • Cannot be receiving social assistance
  • Must provide for the basic needs of the persons you are sponsoring – this includes financial support

For more information on basic income requirements for spouse sponsorship, please visit the official Canadian website.

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How do you apply for Spouse Sponsorship?

Firstly, there are two applications for Spouse Sponsorship. The first is the application to become a sponsor, and the second is your spouse, partner or child application for permanent residence.

You can send both applications together at the same time.

Finally, you can visit this page to receive your application packages.

What are the new measures to speed up spouse sponsorship?

Firstly, the number of employees working on spousal applications at IRCC has now increased by 66%. This means that wait times will be shorter, including waiting time for decisions on applications. Therefore, you may be able to reunite with your spouse sooner in Canada!

Secondly, IRCC is also launching a pilot to digitize paper applications. This pilot will use new and more efficient technology to help employees process applications remotely. Furthermore, it will also be possible to conduct interviews remotely in adherence to social-distancing protocols.

As a result, IRCC aims to finalize around 6,000 spousal applications every month from October to December 2020. This means that about 49,000 decisions will be made by the end of the year.

The Canadian government is determined to keep family reunification as a priority during these times while following the advice of public health experts to keep Canadians healthy and protected.

To read the full press release, please click here.

Remember, all new permanent residents and some temporary residents must receive an Immigration Medical Exam by a Registered Panel Physician to be admissible to Canada.

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