Canada to Speed Up Spousal Sponsorship Application Processing
September 24, 2020
On September 24, 2020, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced that the Government of Canada would be taking action to speed up the processing of Spousal Sponsorship Applications.
IRCC has increased the number of decision makers on Spousal Sponsorship Applications in Canada by 66%, to process these applications more quickly and reduce couples’ wait times.
With these initiatives, IRCC aims to accelerate, prioritize and finalize approximately 6,000 applications each month from October until December 2020. Combined with processing to date, this rate will lead to about 49,000 decisions by the end of this year.
Changes to Parent/Grandparent Sponsorships
December 14, 2016
Today, Wednesday, December 14, 2016, The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced changes to Parent and Grandparent Sponsorships that, in his opinion, “will improve access to the application process, given that the number of applications accepted for intake is limited”.
Between January 3 and February 2, 2017, Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to apply as sponsors must first complete an online form on the IRCC website to let the Department know they are interested in applying to sponsor their parents or grandparents. The online form will be available for 30 days, from noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 3, 2017, to noon EST on February 2, 2017.
At the end of the 30 days, IRCC will remove the duplicates, randomly choose 10,000 people and ask them to complete the full application. IRCC will let everyone who completed an online form know whether they were chosen or not. Only those who were randomly chosen will be invited to apply to the Parent and Grandparent Program. Those who were invited to apply will have 90 days to submit their complete application to IRCC. The 2017 application kit and guide will be available on IRCC’s website on January 9, 2017.
Interested sponsors who are not selected will be able to indicate their interest to apply again in 2018.
If you are an existing client of Abrams & Krochak and were planning to apply to the Parent and Grandparent Program in January 2017, please contact Mr. Peter Krochak at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Ministerial Announcement Regarding Parent/Grandparent Sponsorships Deferred to December 14, 2016
December 8, 2016
The Ministerial announcement regarding Parent and Grandparent sponsorships, which was anticipated today, Thursday, December 8, 2016 has been deferred to Wednesday, December 14, 2016. As soon as it is made, the contents will be made available on this website.
Minister Announces Improvements to Spousal/Partner Sponsorship Application Process
December 7, 2016
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister, The Honourable John McCallum, made an announcement today, Wednesday, December 7, 2016, regarding improvements to the Spousal/Partner Sponsorship Application Process. Among the improvements are:
- processing times for all spousal/partner applicants, inside and outside Canada, will be cut from 24 to 12 months
- a simplified guide (reduced from 180 to 75 pages in simpler language)
- one checklist (not clear whether visa office checklists will be removed)
- one relationship questionnaire
- medical, criminality and security screening to be done after applying (no longer up front)
- a new application kit for use by all spousal/partner applicants. Applicants will no longer have to choose between two different kits depending on whether they live in Canada or outside Canada. All applicants will use the same application kit. Since some applicants may have already started filling out their application using the current kit, IRCC will continue to accept new applications using the current kit until January 31, 2017. After this date, only applications using the new kit will be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin using the new kit, which is easier to use and understand, as soon as it is available on December 15, 2016.
- along with the new 12-month processing commitment, IRCC will extend its pilot program which gives open work permits to eligible spouses or partners who are being sponsored and are in Canada, giving them the freedom to work while their applications for permanent residence are being processed. This pilot program ensures applicants are able to work, provide for their families and contribute to the Canadian economy while waiting for their applications to be processed. The pilot, currently slated to end on December 22, 2016, will be extended until December 21, 2017.
These changes are to be online on December 15, 2016.
The Minister will be making another announcement tomorrow, Thursday, December 8, 2017 around the 2017 intake process and application kits for the Parents and Grandparents class and the announcement will be posted on our website just as soon as it becomes available.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada to Reduce Federal Skilled Worker Class Backlog
March 30, 2012
On March 29, 2012, the Government of Canada announced that it will reduce the backlog of Federal Skilled Worker Applications. To achieve this goal, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will return all Federal Skilled Worker Applications for Permanent Residence filed prior to February 27, 2008, unprocessed, together with applicants’ government fees.
By adopting this strategy, the Government of Canada will reduce the Federal Skilled Worker Class backlog by nearly 300,000 Applications, leaving approximately 160,000 Federal Skilled Worker Applications, filed after February 27, 2008, in the processing queue. According to the Government of Canada, the plan will ultimately allow the government to ensure skilled newcomers actually meet current labour market needs and processing times for the Federal Skilled Worker Class will be reduced dramatically to a maximum of six (6) to twelve (12) months, regardless of the applicant’s country of origin.
While the news is good for those whose Federal Skilled Worker Applications were filed after February 27, 2008, the news is obviously not good for those who filed prior to February 27, 2008 and who have been patiently waiting for years. Notwithstanding this fact, once these applicants are returned their Applications and their government fees, nothing precludes them from reapplying for Permanent Residence in Canada either as Federal Skilled Workers (assuming they meet current eligibility requirements and selection criteria) or in any other Canadian Immigration program (i.e. Provincial Nominee Programs, the Business Class, etc.).
Within the coming weeks, Abrams & Krochak will be contacting all of its clients who filed Federal Skilled Worker Applications for Permanent Residence in Canada prior to February 27, 2008 with further details/instructions as more information becomes available from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In the interim, those individuals are encouraged to regularly visit our website for any announcements from Citizenship and Immigration Canada that may be of benefit to them should they wish to reapply. Similarly, if they wish to have their eligibility to reapply for Permanent Residence in Canada assessed by Abrams & Krochak, they are encouraged to visit http://www.abramsandkrochak.com.