In the latest string of good news for aspiring immigrants to Canada, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that it will speed up spousal sponsorship application processing periods.
An explanation for the expedition
With Canada seeking to process and finalize approximately 6,000 spousal sponsorship applications every month for the period of Q4 in 2020, it appears that now is an opportune time to apply.
Thanks to the IRCC’s recent uptake in more skilled staff ready to take on the last wave of applications, it is now equipped with a 66 percent increase in capacity. In addition to the rise of new technology that will be used to digitize paper applications, the staff can now even process applications remotely, leading to safer and faster processes.
As a result of the latest updates to the IRCC’s workforce and systematic flows, it is expected that the waiting times will be dramatically reduced due to an increase in application processing speed.
What’s next for spousal applicants?
One of the most crucial details to note when looking at the latest wave of change for the IRCC’s workflow is that improvement won’t be just for Q4 of 2020, but for all the years after.
In its recent reports, the immigration department claimed that the possibility of having facilitative biometrics measures was on the horizon, though the administrative body didn’t offer further specifics. However, on top of this new update, the government agency heads also stated that they will be using pilot technology in the coming weeks to conduct interviews remotely.
Contrary to the pandemic’s onset, which had applicants worrying about whether or not they would have to wait much longer, the CIC has been quick on its feet to get back on track. With further updates in place and the necessary measures being implemented and carried out, it is expected that 49,000 applications—including applying spouses—will receive decisions by the end of the year.
Hope in a time of the pandemic
Admittedly, the pandemic has caused much uncertainty for many spousal applications because of the potential increase in wait times that have been put out, thanks to the latest innovation that the CIC has undertaken.
Although the spousal sponsorship application processing section of the CIC was heavily affected at the start of the pandemic, recent protests have seen much return thanks to operations’ resumption. Current concerns about the pandemic’s impact on spousal sponsorship applications also have been addressed by the Immigration minister Marco Mendicino, who said:
“The government understands that the last few months have not been easy for those who are far from their loved ones in these difficult times. This is why we are accelerating the approval of spousal applications as much as possible. Our government will continue to find new ways to keep families together.”
At this rate, the immigration levels plan for 2020-2022 and its targeted 70,000 spouses, partners, and children will see hopeful returns on their efforts in the future. For families and spouses who have enlisted the help of Bright Immigration, it is safe to say that delays are dying down, and the possibility of being cleared to move is near.
While the Coronavirus may have significantly impacted spousal sponsorship applications’ processing times, the IRCC’s latest updates and efforts show signs of a much-needed rebound. Although it may still be early to say anything, it is justified to assume that delays won’t be around for much longer as immigration professionals are back to work!
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