With Canada aiming to expedite 18,000 spousal sponsorship applications by the end of 2020, here is a step-by-step guide on how to submit an application to reunite with your loved one.
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.
About the process
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.
IRCC’s eligibility criteria
You can sponsor your partner if:
Who you can sponsor
Once your application is successful
After their application has been successful, each couple is required to continue to fulfil certain obligations:
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