The IRCC has announced that all applications for the Spousal Sponsorship Program will be processed within 12 months, with the IRCC currently dealing with a massive backlog of 54,683 spousal sponsorship applications that are awaiting a final decision.
The IRCC has also recently launched an online tool and portal for tracking spousal and child sponsorship immigration applications online on their website. This tool can be accessed by applicants and their representatives.
The introduction of this online tool is aimed to minimize delays in the applications and provide relief to candidates by returning processing times to the service standard of 12 months.
The applicant can make changes to their application at any time before the IRCC makes a final decision on it.
Requirements to become a sponsor:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a Canadian citizen, a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act, or a permanent resident
- Be living in Canada (if you are a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you must show that you plan to live in Canada when your sponsored relative becomes a permanent resident)
- Be able to prove that you are not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability, and;
- Should be able to show that you can provide basic needs for yourself, your spouse or partner, your spouse or partner’s dependent child (if applicable), your dependent child (if you’re sponsoring only your dependent child)
When sponsoring a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner, the length of the undertaking is 3 years from the day the spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner becomes a permanent resident.
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