Last Updated On 26 May 2023, 8:26 PM EDT (Toronto Time)
Canadian immigration minister, Sean Fraser announces new measures to strengthen the family reunification in Canada.
As per the official update, minister is revealing measures to fulfill the commitment of improving family reunification as per the Trudeau’s mandate letter sent in December 2021.
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Immigration minister said that IRCC has successfully eliminated backlog of applications for TRVs of family members who already have a permanent resident application under processing.
Immigration minister announces new approach using advanced analytics and Tech to process TRV applications of family members of permanent residents and citizens within 30 days.
He said new approach has approved well in advance 98% of the TRV applications of spouses and their kids.
As a result, these family members can visit Canada to meet their family while awaiting for permanent residency application decision.
Additionally, he announced a new initiative that will issue open work permits to spousal applicants and their dependent children regardless of whether they applied under Family class as an overseas applicant or spousal/common-law partner in Canada applicant.
Beginning June 7, 2023 open work permit holders whose current status expires between August 1, 2023 and at the end of 2023 will be able to extend their work permit for additional 18 months using free facilitative approach similar to PGWP extension.
This includes spousal open work permit holders of international students, work permit holders, permanent residents, and Canada citizens who are awaiting for their permanent residency applications to be finalized.
Furthermore, he said that new spousal sponsorship applications are being processed within 12 months since July 2022.
Click here for full eligibility criteria for new open work permit for spousal and family class applicants announced today.
What could be today’s announcement?
IRCC official YouTube video stream has a headline of “spousal TRV.”
Trudeau’s mandate letter clearly stated as we quote:
“Work to promote family reunification by establishing electronic family reunification applications and developing a mechanism to grant temporary resident status to spouses and children abroad while their permanent residence application is being processed.“
So it seems that immigration minister will announce today new policy offering temporary resident visa to spouses and children of permanent residents and citizens, while they await decision on their PR applications under processing.
What is family reunification?
Family class sponsorship permits Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouses, common-law and conjugal partners, children, parents, and grandparents to become permanent residents of Canada.
As per new Canada immigration levels plan 2023-2025, family class immigration is the second biggest category.
In 2023, Canada is aiming to welcome 106,500 permanent residents under the family class category, including 78,000 spouses, partners, and children and 28,500 parents and grandparents.
Canada hopes to welcome 118,000 new permanent residents annually through family class immigration by 2025.
What is current processing time for spousal sponsorship?
16 months for Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada, 14 months for
Spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada, and 25 months for Parents or Grandparents PR as per latest IRCC official update.
Normally, IRCC has a service standard of processing 80% of the spousal sponsorship applications within 12 months.
When will Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship 2023 open?
Parents and grandparents sponsorship 2022 opened in October 2022, so we can expect 2023 sponsorships to open around that September-October 2023.
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