Canada speeds up spousal sponsorship application processing. - Canada Visa & Immigration
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Canada speeds up spousal sponsorship application processing.

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Canada has announced that it is speeding up spousal sponsorship application processing to 6,000 applications each month between October and December 2020. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced on September 24, 2020 that it has increased the number of decision makers on spousal sponsorship applications in Canada by 66%, to process spousal applications more quickly and reduce couples’ wait times.

Spousal sponsorship application processing has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting disunity of family sparked online protests and offline rallies calling for Canada to address the situation. See Is Canada spousal sponsorship in crisis due to COVID-19?.

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The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship recognized the pain and concern of spousal sponsors during these times, stating:

COVID-19 has created uncertainty for Canadians who are sponsoring spouses for permanent residence. We will continue to search for innovative and compassionate ways to reunite families, while following the advice of our public health experts to protect the health and safety of Canadians.

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IRCC will also start leveraging new technology in a pilot to digitize paper applications so they can be processed more efficiently by IRCC employees working remotely and at various worksites. IRCC said that it is also implementing facilitative biometrics measures, IRCC will be piloting, in the upcoming weeks, technology to conduct interviews with applicants remotely, in adherence with public health protocols.

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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. – The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.


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