Canada aims to process spousal sponsorship applications within 12 months

Author: Swift Connect |

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Canada will proceed to facilitate up to 6,000 spousal sponsorship applications in a month until 2020. At the end of September, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made this major announcement, as it explained how it aims to sponsor loved ones to bring in to Canada as soon as possible between the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Before this pandemic era, Canada was targeting the arrival of some 70,000 new immigrants per year under its spousal, partner, and children's family class immigration category.

Nevertheless, Canada recently announced its new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan that will see newcomer levels rise significantly. As a result, Canada will now aim to welcome some 80,000 immigrants per year under the spousal, partner, and children category. The majority of these applicants will arrive under spousal sponsorship.


Eligibility for Spousal Sponsorship

You can sponsor your spouse, partner, or dependent child if:

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
  • If you are a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you must show that you plan to live in Canada when the persons you want to
         sponsor become permanent residents.
  • You can’t sponsor someone if you’re a permanent resident living outside Canada.
  • You are able to prove that you’re not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability
  • You can provide for the basic needs of any persons you want to sponsor

You only need to show that you have enough money to meet the income requirements if:

  • you are sponsoring a dependent child that has 1 or more dependent children of their own, or
  • you are sponsoring a spouse or partner that has a dependent child, and their dependent child has 1 or more children of their own.