Great news for spousal applicants seeking Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs) in Canada! The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has significantly reduced the processing time to just 30 days. This measure is particularly beneficial for spousal applicants already applying for permanent residency in Canada. Instead of waiting in their home countries, they can now come to Canada and stay while IRCC processes their applications.
Due to this new service standard Canadian citizens or permanent residents with spouses and dependents abroad can reunite with their families much sooner. It allows families to settle in their communities and promptly start their lives together in Canada.
However, it’s essential to note that spouses and dependents holding a TRV are only eligible to work or study in Canada once they obtain approval for permanent residence or a separate work or study permit.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced this expedited processing time in Vancouver on May 26. The impressive TRV approval rating of over 90% for married applicants is due, in part, to IRCC’s increased use of advanced analytics. This technology enables the department to pre-screen TRV applications based on various factors. It helps to assess the likelihood of eligibility for permanent residence and streamlining the approval process for IRCC officers.
This positive development ensures families can be together in Canada sooner, fostering a smoother integration into Canadian society.
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Reduced Processing Time for Family Class Sponsorship: Faster Reunions!
For instance, IRCC now processes spousal Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs) within just 30 days. However, there have been significant improvements in processing times for related visa categories.
For instance, spousal Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs) are now processed within just 30 days. Additionally, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have a service standard of 60 days for work permits. With these faster processing times, it is now possible for a sponsored spouse, partner, or dependent child to arrive in Canada and start working while waiting for IRCC’s decision. This means IRCC could reduce the overall wait time to as little as three months (90 days).
Eligibility for family class sponsorship is open to any Canadian citizen or permanent resident. For those, who can sign an undertaking agreement to be financially responsible for the sponsored family for several years. The financial requirements for sponsorship vary depending on whether there are dependent children involved in the application.
This streamlined process offers a faster route for families to reunite in Canada and start building their lives together making it more accessible for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their loved ones for permanent residency.
Enhancing Family Reunification: Exploring Additional Measures
In addition to the TRV announcement, IRCC has introduced another significant measure to facilitate family reunification. Spousal applicants and their dependent children, who reside with their sponsor in Canada and hold temporary resident status, may now be eligible for open work permits. This means they can apply for an Open Work Permit as soon as they have submitted a completed application for permanent residence to IRCC.
Previously, spousal applicants were only eligible for an open work permit if they applied for sponsorship from within Canada. With this new measure, those already in Canada with temporary resident status can also benefit from obtaining an open work permit, allowing them to work. At the same time, their application for permanent residence is being processed.
Additionally, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced that holders of open work permits set to expire between August 1st and the end of 2023 could extend their permits for an additional 18 months. IRCC will facilitate and provide the extension process free of charge. This extension applies not only to the open work permit holders but also includes spouses and dependents of most temporary workers, spouses of international students, and applicants for permanent residency.
These new family reunification measures aim to support and expedite the process for families to stay together and allow eligible individuals to work. At the same time, their immigration applications are being handled by IRCC. The changes offer more flexibility and opportunities for family members to contribute to the Canadian workforce and society during the immigration process.
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