Canada is now processing more spousal immigration applications through IRCC following a slowdown at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Before the pandemic, Canada aimed to welcome 70,000 new immigrants in its Spouses, Partners, and Children category. As part of its new 2021-2023 immigration levels plan, that target will increase to around 80,000 per year in the future.
Most of those accommodated in this category are the wives, husbands, and partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who sponsor them.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Immigration processing and admissions have slowed, but IRCC made a major announcement at the end of September that it would aim to speed up to 6,000 spouse visa applications per month between September and December 2020.
IRCC sponsorship processing recently doubled
The number of spousal sponsorship applications that were finalized by IRCC doubled in September 2020 compared to July, shown in the data provided by the IRCC.
In September, IRCC finalized and adjudicated just over 4,000 claims, up from just under 2,000 in July.
Applications on land and abroad have seen significant improvements. The number of finalized on land applications rose to nearly 2,000 in September, up from nearly 1,200 in July.
Much of the growth has come from overseas applications that have been finalized. The total figure was over 2,000 in September compared to nearly 800 in July.
Given IRCC’s announcement at the end of September on the speeding up of processing spousal applications, we should expect even higher levels of finalized applications for the remainder of 2020.
The minimum requirement to sponsor your wife, husband, or partner
Permanent residents and citizens of Canada can sponsor their spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner.
Respondents must be at least 18 years of age, demonstrate that they are not receiving social assistance for a reason other than a disability, and demonstrate that they can meet the basic financial needs of their partners. Canadian citizens currently abroad must prove that they plan to return to Canada to live with the person they are sponsoring.
Spouses must be legally married to you and be at least 18 years old.
Common-law partners must be at least 18 years old and have lived with you for at least 12 consecutive months.
Conjugal partners must be at least 18 years of age, have been in a relationship with you for at least 12 consecutive months, reside outside of Canada and cannot live with you in their country or marry you due to obstacles important (e.g. same-sex marriage is not allowed in their country).
Steps to apply for Sponsorship
IRCC asks you to submit two applications at the same time: a sponsorship application and a permanent residence application.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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