Canada is planning to speed up the processing of applications for spousal sponsorship and process 6000 such applications every month between October and December 2020. For the purpose, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has increased the number of staff engaged in the processing of these applications by 66 percent. This move is expected to bring down wait time and make the faster processing of Canada spousal sponsorship applications.
Further, the IRCC will adopt new technology to digitize paper applications, which will enable its staff to work remotely for processing the applications quickly. The IRCC will also be implementing facilitative biometrics measures for the applicants. Another move in this direction will be a pilot technology to interview applicants remotely, which will be introduced in the coming weeks. In short, Canada is planning to process 49000 spousal sponsorship applications by the end of this year.
With the efforts to speed up the processing of spousal sponsorship applications, Canada has once again proved that it is a country that gives the highest priority to family reunification. IRCC has observed that the coronavirus pandemic has created uncertainty for many Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are planning to sponsor their spouses. The IRCC will continue to look for innovative and compassionate ways to bring families together.
“We understand that the last few months have not been easy for those who are far from their loved ones in these difficult times. This is why we are accelerating the approval of spousal applications as much as possible. Our government will continue to find new ways to keep families together,” said Immigration Minister of Canada Marco Mendicino regarding the delay in the processing of family class applications for immigration.
As per the Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022, Canada is planning to welcome 70000 spouses, partners and children.
Eligibility criteria for spousal sponsorship
- The sponsor should be above the age of 18 years
- The sponsor must be a Canadian citizen/permanent resident
- The sponsor must be able to support to spouse financially
- The application for permanent residence in Canada must be submitted along with the sponsorship application