Despite COVID-19’s widespread impact on the world, a silver lining of hope remains for Canadian immigration hopefuls, especially in the case of spousal sponsorship applicants.
According to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRRC) announcement in late September, application processing will not be hindered by the difficulties posed by the Coronavirus. In a continued effort to bring loved ones together and afford better lives for other applicants amid the pandemic, the governing body has expedited its efforts with remote working systems and streamlined processes.
A hopeful development for spousal sponsorship applicants
Based on the major announcement that the CIC made in September, spousal sponsorship applicants have even more reason to rejoice. Currently, Canada’s government will continue to expedite up to 6,000 spousal sponsorship applications every month until the end of 2020, with an expected uptake in the months that follow.
Despite the already-significant 70,000-immigrant target that the government set earlier this year, the CIC has set its sight on welcoming an increased level of 80,000 immigrants per year. According to the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan that was announced by the government, the majority of the expected approved immigrants will stem from spousal sponsorship applications.
So, what does this all mean?
The main idea to take away from all of this is that spousal sponsorship applications sent within the last few months have a higher chance of being accepted. However, if your application’s decision isn’t delivered by 2020, then expect to have an answer by 2021 with a higher rate of success thanks to the new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan!
Who is eligible to sponsor their partner for Canadian Immigration?
If you’re keen on making a move to the Great White North in 2021, then it’s safe to say that the spousal sponsorship application method is one of the most optimal ways to attain a Canadian Immigration visa.
From a technical standpoint, both Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their partners to obtain permanent residence. However, it is worth noting that the approval of an application relies on the ability to show the CIC that the relationship you have with your spouse falls under the following categories:
- Common-law partner
- Conjugal partner
In terms of the one who is sponsoring an applicant, there are a few set standards that one must abide by so that they can help their loved one make the move. If you feel the need to go after the opportunity to have your loved one live with you so that you both can enjoy a greater quality of life, here are several requirements that you’ll need to meet:
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- You must be able to prove that you are not receiving social assistance for any other reason than a disability, if applicable
- You must be able to demonstrate that you can provide for the basic needs of your partner by showing different financial documents and reports
- You must be able to prove that you plan to live in Canada with the sponsored person (For Canadian citizens living abroad that wish to sponsor a spouse for immigration)
While the Coronavirus pandemic may have brought about various concerns for hopeful Canadian immigrants’ plans, the CIC remains intent on keeping everything moving. Whether you’re looking to apply or are currently in the midst of the application process, you won’t need to worry about anything other than a hopeful turnaround!
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