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New Update on Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship: Processing Times now Less Than 12 Months for Many Applicant


Canada Immigration Newsletter announced on its website that the government of Canada revealed that processing times have significantly been reduced in many cases for the Outland Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship Canadian immigration program.


After 2015, the way in which processing times were listed for the Outland Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship Canadian immigration programs changed. Before until that change, application processing times for this program were listed by visa office. Now, processing times are listed by individual countries where the application is being made.


This new modification helps couples to make better decisions on deciding which program is more suitable for their situation: Inland Sponsorship or Outland Sponsorship.


In many cases, this change also allows sponsored persons to obtain Canadian permanent residence status sooner. As we all know, this factor will come as a great relief to many Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and their foreign spouses and common-law partners who wish to be reunited in Canada as quickly as possible.


The time it takes to make the initial assessment of the sponsor, for certain countries are now less than one year. Countries that gain to benefit from this change include France, Australia, Spain, Tunisia, Belgium, Algeria, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Brazil, Iran, Israel, Portugal, Poland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, and Switzerland.


For many other countries, the processing time is around one year or slightly longer.


The new Liberal government of Canada announced in its Immigration Levels Plan in March of this year that it intends to increase the number of new permanent residents who arrive in Canada through the Family Class category, including spouses and common-law partners. This factor may also have the effect of further reducing application processing times.


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