IRCC processing more spousal immigration applications

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IRCC is processing more spousal immigration applications

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is looking to process more spousal immigration applications until end of the year. This is because the pandemic slowed down the processing of spousal immigration applications in the first months of 2020. Prior to the outbreak, Canada was looking to welcome over 70’000 under the Spouses, Partners and Children category. Moreover, under the new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, the country is looking to increase this to over 80’000 annually.

Under the Spouses, Partners and Children category, the country welcomes wives, husbands and partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Permanent residents and citizens can sponsor their partners directly via the program. Earlier in September, Immigration Minister Mendicino stated: ‘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.‘ That is why IRCC made the announcement that it would speed up 6’000 spousal applications per month between September and December 2020.

Eligibility and requirements to apply under the Spouses, Partners and Children category

IRCC provided new data that shows how processing of spousal immigration application recently doubled. Both in-land and overseas applications for permanent residence doubled between July and September. We are expecting an even larger increase from September to the end of December, according to IRCC’s statements.

Number of Permanent Resident Applications under the Spousal Sponsorship Immigration Category between July and September.

What are the requirements for spouses and partners to be eligible for permanent residence?

  • Spouses must be at least 18 years old and be legally married.
  • Common-law partners must be at least 18 years old and have lived with their partners for at least 12 months consecutive months prior to apply.
  • Conjugal partners must be at least 18 years old must reside outside of Canada, have been in a relationship for at least 12 consecutive months, and there must be restrictions or obstacles for legal recognition in origin country (for example, if same-sex marriage is prohibited or not legally recognised).
  • Every Canadian citizen or permanent resident are eligible to sponsor their spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner.

How can you submit a spousal application?

In order to apply for the Spouses, Partners and Children category, IRCC asks you to submit two applications: a sponsorship application and permanent residence application.

  1. Download the application package from IRCC’s official website.
  2. Pay the application fees through the IRCC’s official website.
  3. Send your final application via email to IRCC.