December 8th, 2016 – Vancouver – Our Government is making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses.
Earlier this year, at the direction of John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, immigration officials began a concerted effort to reduce processing times. From the start of 2016 to the fall, processing times were reduced by 15 percent for in-Canada applications and just over 10 percent for applications outside Canada.
As announced by the Minister on December 7, processing times will be further reduced for most spousal applications which will now be processed in 12 months. This is a significant reduction from previous average wait times of 26 months for inland applications and18 months for outside Canada applications. Complex cases may require more time. For the riding of Vancouver Quadra this will mean that many more families will be reunited by this time next year.
These new changes are expected to benefit more than 64 000 people by the end of 2017.
In addition to the reduced processing time, the Minister also announced a new simplified, smaller application kit which will be easier to use and understand.
Applicants who had already filed an application will not have to wait an additional 12 months to have them finalized. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will continue to process applications in the order they have been received. Most families who have been waiting should have a decision on their sponsorship application no later than the end of December 2017.
For assistance with family reunification cases or any other matters under federal government jurisdiction, my office is happy to provide assistance. Contact us to find out more.
Having helped dozens of families re-unite in Canada in my role as MP for Vancouver Quadra, it comes as great news that Minister McCallum has made re-unification faster and easier.
– MP Joyce Murray
- The new application kit is being released on December 15, 2016 and was redesigned to be simpler and easier to understand.
- To bring families together, IRCC plans to admit 64 000 spouses and dependants in 2017, well above the average over the past decade of about 47 000.
- Backgrounder: Reuniting more spouses and partners
- Backgrounder: Improvements to spousal sponsorship process: The New Application Kit
Photos of Minister McCallum available at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/photos/index.asp