Liberal Government takes steps to reduce spousal sponsorship backlog

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Ottawa is taking action to drastically reducing the lengthy backlog for Canadians trying to sponsor their foreign-born partners.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada will extend its yearly share of affirmations for foreign spouses wedded to Canadians by 25% to 62,000 in 2016 because of objections of a disappointing build-up and long handling time. The office likewise reported for the current month it would organize the alleged “straightforward” cases including foreign spouses and candidates who are now in Canada that was gotten before June 13.

Candidates will now have to wait 26 months in the event that they apply from inside Canada, while candidates abroad face processing times that stretch anywhere from a year to 26 months. According to the immigration department, as of the month of June, the in-Canada spousal sponsorship pile-up is estimated to be around 34 000 hopefuls, with the overseas backlog sitting at around 48 500.

A released statement states; “over the past few years, more people have applied to come to Canada in the spousal category than there was space for in previous immigration levels plans. This has created a backlog.” This is the backlog the government aims to reduce this year.

The department will begin sending messages or letters to in-land candidates to request that they give documentation inside a constrained time, so they can be processed as fast as possible. Applications regarded as “straightforward” will be fast-tracked, however, the definition of “straightforward” is still unclear.

Immigration spokesperson Nancy Caron said “a straightforward application will be, for the most part, identified as one where there are no potential fraud concerns. In cases where there are potential fraud concerns, issues of concern will be carefully reviewed.” Nancy also added, “IRCC is not able to share specific lists of criteria associated with potential fraud in the spousal program, as this would compromise program integrity.”

The success of the measures to meet admissions targets and reduce the pile-up is dependent on the timely co-operation of applicants.

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