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Applications can now be submitted online for family sponsorship immigration to Canada

Applications for Canada Family sponsorship immigration can now be submitted online, one of several application categories that went digital last month.

This means requests for spousal sponsorship, parent and grandparent sponsorship and requests for sponsor children can all be submitted digitally. The change introduces on September 23, 2022.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) welcomed the move as a way to expedite the submission of applications and receive immediate confirmation that applications have been received.


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Applications can still be submitted on paper or by other means for those with special requirements.

Canada’s Department of Immigration has accelerated its planned transition to online applications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After launching its citizenship application status tracker for clients in May last year, IRCC has introduced another application status tracker, this one for permanent residence applications. , in February of this year.

“By spring 2023, we will have expanded this application status tracking to include seven additional permanent residence and temporary residence programs,” IRCC says on its website.

Canada to issue over 23,000 immigration invitations for Parents and Grandparents Program

Canada is currently issuing invitations to apply to 23,100 potential sponsors for the Parents and Grandparents Program for 2022.

Invitations will be sent out by the end of this week, after which IRCC expects to receive 15,000 invitations.

Invitations will be sent to randomly selected applicants who have submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020. This will be the third batch of invitations issued to these applicants, following January and September 2021.

Families are being reunited in Canada through the PMP in such numbers that it is almost certain to far exceed its target under the current Immigration Levels Plan.

Under the plan, Ottawa hoped to bring 25,000 parents and grandparents to the country under the PGP this year, then raise the target to 28,500 new permanent residents Next year.

But IRCC data for the first seven months of this year reveals that Canada is likely to welcome 29,091 new permanent residents under the PGP this year – more than expected for this year or 2023.

Spousal sponsorship immigration to Canada at record highs

The number of Canadian immigrants going through the spousal sponsorship program is at record highs.

Early this year, it quickly became clear that these programs would set a new record for the number of new permanent residents they would bring to Canada.

Two months into 2022, the number of new permanent residents in Canada sponsored by a spouse had already reached 11,265.

This put the country on track to welcome 67,590 new permanent residents under these programs this year, about 3,155 or nearly 4.9%, more than the 64,435 who came to Canada in the under these programs in 2021.


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Fast forward five months, to the end of July, and the rate of arrivals under spousal sponsorship programs has only increased.

In the first seven months of this year, Canada welcomed 41,140 new permanent residents under these programs, putting it now on track to see 70,526 newcomers under these programs by the end of 2022.

This number of new permanent residents under spousal sponsorship programs this year, if the current trend continues, would mean 6,091 more than the number last year, or about 9.4% more than in 2021.

Spousal sponsorship requirements

When a Canadian citizen or permanent resident chooses to sponsor a spouse or common-law partner to immigrate to Canada, the sponsor must sign an undertaking promising to provide financial support for the basic needs of the sponsored person, including:

  • food, clothing, shelter and other daily living needs, and;
  • dental care, eye care and other health needs are not covered by public health services.

This agreement cannot be canceled even if:

  • the sponsored person becomes a Canadian citizen;
  • the couple divorces, separates or the relationship breaks down;
  • either the sponsor or the sponsored spouse or common-law partner moves to another province or country, or;
  • the sponsor is experiencing financial problems.

Maternity, parental and sickness benefits paid under the Employment Insurance Act in Canada are all considered income and help enable a person to sponsor a spouse or common-law partner, but other government payments, such as employment insurance and federal training allowances, are not considered income. income.

The estimated time to process sponsorship requests decreases

On its website, IRCC provides estimates of current processing times for various types of applications, including spousal sponsorships.

According to this website, the current processing time for sponsorship applications for spouses or common-law partners currently outside the country is now 23 months, one month less than the estimated wait time in August.

This estimated processing time includes:

  • the time required to provide biometrics;
  • the evaluation of the sponsor and the sponsored person, and;
  • the time immigration officers need to ensure that the sponsor and spouse or common-law partner meet the eligibility criteria.

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