Canada is aiming to expedite the processing of 18,000 spousal sponsorship applications by the end of this year.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made this significant announcement on Thursday, outlining the innovative steps it is taking to try and reunite loved ones as quickly as possible.
In recent years, Canada has been targeting some 70,000 new immigrants to obtain permanent residence each year under its spousal, partner, and children family class sponsorship category. This is due to the Canadian government viewing family reunification as a top priority.
Spousal sponsorship application processing has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, however the new measures announced by IRCC should help to alleviate backlogs.
If you are looking to submit a new spousal sponsorship application, here is key information that you need to know.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner to obtain permanent residence.
The Canadian citizen or permanent resident (the “sponsor”) and the foreign national (the “sponsored person”) must be approved by IRCC for the sponsored person to obtain permanent residence.
The sponsor and sponsored person must prove to IRCC that their relationship falls under one of these three categories:
Canada recognizes same-sex marriages. Same-sex partners can apply under one of these three categories so long as they meet all of IRCC’s eligibility criteria.
You can sponsor your partner if:
There are two applications to sponsor your partner, which IRCC asks you to submit together at the same time. They are the sponsorship application and the permanent residence application.
Step 1: Get the application package from IRCC.
Step 2: Pay your application fees. Most times, these fees include processing fees, the right of permanent residence fee, and biometrics fee, all of which you need to pay online on IRCC’s website.
Step 3: Submit your application via mail to IRCC.
After their application has been successful, each couple is required to continue to fulfil certain obligations:
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