In an ongoing commitment to promoting family unity and fostering stronger bonds, Canada is taking significant steps to strengthen its family reunification efforts.
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Faster Processing Times for Spousal Applicants
May 26th, 2023 – In an effort to enhance family reunification, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, announced new measures to expedite the processing of temporary resident visas (TRV) for spousal applicants. By adopting a revised approach, processing times are expected to be reduced to within 30 days. This significant improvement will allow family members to travel to Canada more quickly and be reunited with their loved ones sooner.
Introduction of Open Work Permits for Family Class Applicants
As part of the comprehensive plan to strengthen family class immigration, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is launching a new initiative to issue open work permits to spousal applicants and their dependent children residing with their sponsors in Canada. Previously limited to the inland spousal program, this opportunity is now extended to those applying from outside Canada. By providing open work permits, individuals can support themselves financially while their permanent residence applications are being processed, creating more stability and ease during the reunification process.
Extension of Open Work Permits for Existing Permit Holders
To address the concerns of open work permit holders, the IRCC is implementing a facilitated process starting June 7th. This process enables individuals whose permits expire between August 1st and the end of 2023 to extend their permits for an additional 18 months at no cost. This extension will benefit approximately 25,000 individuals currently in Canada, including spouses and dependents of temporary workers, spouses of international students, and those awaiting finalization of their permanent residency applications. By granting this extension, Canada aims to provide stability and continuity for families during their immigration journey.
Promoting Family Class Sponsorship in Canada
Family class sponsorship remains a vital avenue for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their loved ones to Canada as permanent residents.
- To be eligible as a sponsor, individuals must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, at least 18 years old, and meet specific criteria related to criminal record, bankruptcy, removal orders, and previous sponsorship.
- Spouses, common-law partners, conjugal partners, children, parents and grandparents can all be sponsored if they meet the necessary eligibility requirements.
- By promoting family class sponsorship, Canada aims to foster strong family bonds and support the successful integration of newcomers into Canadian society.
Goals for Family Class Immigration in 2023 and Beyond
As part of Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2023, the government aims to welcome 106,500 newcomers under the family class category. This includes 78,000 individuals under the spouses, partners, and children category, as well as 28,500 under the parents and grandparents category. Looking ahead to 2025, Canada has set a target of welcoming 118,000 newcomers through family class immigration. These ambitious goals reflect Canada’s commitment to promoting family reunification and building vibrant and inclusive communities across the country.
Conclusion: A United Future through Family Reunification
The new measures announced by Minister Sean Fraser demonstrate Canada’s dedication to strengthening family reunification efforts. By implementing faster processing times, introducing open work permits, and extending permits for existing holders, Canada is actively working towards creating a united future for families. These initiatives aim to ensure that families can be together sooner, fostering a sense of belonging and contributing to the rich cultural fabric of Canada.