Changes to the Spousal/Common law Sponsorship program – January 31, 2017

Starting January 31, 2017, the Immigration Department has initiated changes to make spousal sponsorships more expeditious, faster and streamlined. As Operational Bulletin 633 indicates the objective is to “ facilitate faster processing and improve the client experience”. In general, the summary of changes to the application process include: 1. Simplified and streamlined guides, kits and[…]

Soon Spouses of Canadians Will Immediately be Granted Permanent Residency.

Within a timeframe of the next couple of months, Immigration Minister John McCallum is planning on introducing changes that would grant permanent residency to sponsored spouses. Sponsored spouses currently are granted only conditional permanent residency upon arrival in Canada, having to wait for two years to obtain permanent-resident status. This system was introduced by the[…]

Extension of pilot project until December 21, 2016: issuance of open work permits to permanent residence applicants under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class

Last December, CIC, now known as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), created an avenue for in-Canada spousal applicants to apply for a work permit simultaneously with their permanent application. In fact what used to take over 18 months for issuance of a work permit was reduced to about 4 months so that the in-Canada[…]