Canada will continue to expedite up to 6,000 spousal sponsorship applications per month until the end of 2020.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made this major announcement in late-September, as it detailed how it aims to bring loved ones together as quickly as it can amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Prior to the pandemic, Canada was targeting the arrival of some 70,000 new immigrants per year under its spousal, partner, and children family class immigration category.
However Canada recently announced its new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan that will see newcomer levels rise significantly. As a result, Canada will now aim to welcome some 80,000 immigrants per year under the spousal, partner, and children category.
Most of these immigrants will arrive under spousal sponsorship.
Who is eligible to sponsor their partner for Canadian immigration?
Both Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their partners to obtain permanent residence.
The sponsor and the person they are sponsoring must show Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that their relationship falls under one of these three categories:
Canadians and permanent residents are eligible to sponsor a loved one if they are at least 18 years old, prove they are not receiving social assistance for a reason other than a disability, and can demonstrate you are able to financially provide for the basic needs of your partner. If you are a Canadian citizen living abroad, you also need to prove you plan to live in Canada with the person you aim to sponsor.
Eligibility criteria of partners
The person you are sponsoring needs to meet the following eligibility criteria:
How to submit a sponsorship application
IRCC asks you to submit two applications together. One is for sponsorship and the other is a permanent residence application.
Step 1: Obtain an application package from IRCC.
Step 2: Pay your application fees to IRCC which tend to include processing fees, right of permanent residence fee, and biometrics fee. You need to pay these fees on IRCC’s website.
Step 3: Mail your completed application to IRCC.
IRCC’s processing standard is 12 months.
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To contain the spread of COVID-19, Canada has put a variety of special immigration measures in place since March 18, 2020.
However, Canada is exempting certain individuals from the travel restrictions so they can enter the country. Among these exemptions include some Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders, work and study permit holders, and certain family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
In addition, Canada is still accepting new immigration applications and processing existing ones. Express Entry, PNP, and Quebec skilled worker draws have continued throughout the pandemic.
Many Canadian employers are actively seeking foreign skilled workers to join their workforce as quickly as possible. If you can obtain a job offer from a Canadian employer, you may also qualify for fast-track Canadian immigration application processing.
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