Right before the pandemic, Canada had the target of inviting 70,000 newcomers. This was under the Spouses, Partners, and Children category.
Under the new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, this target will be reset to 80,000 every year.
The majority of those who come under this category will be husbands, wives, and partners of the Canadian permanent residents and citizens who sponsor them.
The pandemic was the sole reason for the reduction in the processing and admission process. According to an announcement made by IRCC in late-September, Canada aims to hasten up to 6,000 spousal applications each month. This will be between September and December 2020.
The Processing Of IRCC Spousal Sponsorship Has Doubled
According to IRCC’s new data, the number of spousal sponsorship applications has doubled. These are the final applications approved by IRCC in September 2020. This data is in comparison to the number of the month of July.
In September, the final decision of IRCC came to a stop at just over 4,000 applications. This was in comparison to just under 2,000 in July.
There were significant improvements in both overseas and inland applications.
Approved in-land applications rose to around 2,000 in September as compared to barely 1,200 in July.
The majority of the growth was from overseas finalized applications. The figure was more than 2,000 in September compared to just around 800 in July.
After the announcement by IRCC in late September about stepping up the processing of spousal applications, the remaining days this year should give higher levels of finalized applications.
Minimum Eligibility to Sponsor Your Husband, Wife, or Partner
- All Canadian permanent residents and citizens are eligible to sponsor their common-law partners, spouse, or conjugal partner.
- Spouses need to be a minimum of 18 years of age and legally married to you.
- Sponsors must be a minimum of 18 years of age. They need to prove that they do not receive any social assistance for any reason apart from disability. They should show that they can meet the primary financial needs of their partners. Canadian citizens living overseas need to provide proof of their intention to return to Canada and live with the person they are going to sponsor.
- Common-law partners should be a minimum of 18 years of age. They should have lived with you for a minimum of 12 straight months.
- Conjugal partners should be a minimum of 18 years of age. They should have been in a relationship with you for at least 12 straight months. They should reside outside Canada and unable to live with you in their home country or marry you due to significant obstacles. These may include the prohibition of same-sex marriage in their country.
3 Steps for Submission of Spousal Application
IRCC will ask you to submit two applications together: a permanent residence application and a sponsorship application.
- Download the application package from the official website of the IRCC.
- Pay the fees for the application on their website. The fees shall include processing fee, biometrics, and right of permanent residence.
- Send your final application to IRCC via mail.
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