EXPRESS PROCESSING OF SPOUSAL SPONSORSHIP APPLICATIONS
Many families and couples have been enforced to live separately during the Coronavirus pandemic. IRCC has assured faster processing of Spousal Sponsorship applications. On 24 September 2020, IRCC pledged to fast-tracking, focussing and concluding roughly about 6,000 spousal applications every month from October 2020 till December 2020. When adjoined to the year-to-date Spousal Sponsorships applications process, this pace will add up to about 49,000 decisions by the end of 2020.
In publishing the new proposal, The Minister of IRCC, Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, considered new plans to enhance processing times and more dedicated to a 66% increase in the number of staff processing spousal applications with the objective to administer them more rapidly and to lessen couples’ waiting times.
Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino stated IRCC is utilizing new technology in a trial to digitize paper applications so they can be manged more professionally by IRCC employees working from home and at numerous sites. Along with applying facilitative biometrics procedures, IRCC will be piloting, in the coming days, technology to manange interviews with applicants remotely, in compliance with public health rules.
Faster Processing of applications for immediate family members
World-wide Coronavirus pandemic limitations caused March 2020 closing of Canada’s borders to all travellers except essential workers to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus disease, along with lessening the number of IRCC staff who were available to handle immigration applications. IRCC has stayed open all through the Coronavirus pandemic but has treated applications at a much slower pace. The outcome was that immediate family members of Canadian citizens were unable to come to Canada.
On 8 June, 2020, IRCC instigated processing applications for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents so they can come to Canada temporarily with an immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days. IRCC describes an immediate family member as:
- Dependent children or grandchildren
- Spouses or common-law partners
- Guardians or tutors
- Parents or step-parents
Furthermore, Minister of IRCC Marco E. L. Mendicino stated “We know that the last couple of months have not been calm for those who are far from their loved ones in these problematic times. This is why we are speeding up the approval of spousal applications as much as possible. The Canadian government will carry on finding new methods to keep families together.”