IRCC speeding up processing for spousal applications

September 24, 2020—Ottawa—Right now, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, is saying motion to hurry up spousal software processing and assist households construct their lives collectively in Canada.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has elevated the variety of resolution makers on spousal functions in Canada by 66%, to course of spousal functions extra shortly and cut back {couples}’ wait instances.

IRCC is leveraging new know-how in a pilot to digitize paper functions to allow them to be processed extra effectively by IRCC workers working remotely and at numerous worksites. Along with implementing facilitative biometrics measures, IRCC shall be piloting, within the upcoming weeks, know-how to conduct interviews with candidates remotely, in adherence with public well being protocols.

With these initiatives, IRCC goals to speed up, prioritize and finalize roughly 6,000 spousal functions every month from October till December 2020. Mixed with processing up to now, this fee will result in about 49,000 choices by the top of this 12 months.

COVID-19 has created uncertainty for Canadians who’re sponsoring spouses for everlasting residence. We’ll proceed to seek for progressive and compassionate methods to reunite households, whereas following the recommendation of our public well being specialists to guard the well being and security of Canadians.

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