The Canadian immigration department has announced they will still be accepting and processing spousal immigration applications for partners who are both inside or outside Canada.
This is delightful news for applicants, both inside and outside of Canada, who have not yet had an opportunity to lodge their applications with the Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
As Canada continues to modify COVID-19 measures, Canadian Immigration authorities have ironed out a few of the concerns that couples may experience about spousal immigration or sponsorship during the crisis.
Incomplete Applications Will Now Be Accepted
IRCC will now accept incomplete applications for all business lines including spousal immigration sponsorships during the coronavirus crisis. This will allow you not to delay a submission process simply because you are unable to get the required document due to some administrative issues at this time.
Incomplete application will be kept and reviewed in Ninety (90) days, and include an explanation or narration as to why the documents are missing. If the application is still incomplete in Sixty (60) days, IRCC agents are instructed to request the missing documents with an extra Ninety (90) day deadline.
Collecting Employment Insurance Does Not Make You Ineligible To Sponsor
Even before the rise in Employment Insurance applications following recent layoffs, Canadian citizens could still sponsor their spouse or common-law partner if they were collecting EI.
Though Canadians on last-resort financial supports from a provincial government are not qualified to sponsor a spouse, unless it is because of a disability, there are certain issues where government funding will not spell inadmissibility.
Some examples of these cases would include, but are not limited to:
- tax credits
- subsidized housing
- child care subsidies
- other benefits which would be open to residents of a province or territory, including individuals who are employed
Spouses And Common-Law Partners Exempt from travel restrictions
Spouses and common-law partners are not affected by the travel restrictions imposed by Canada to contain the spread of COVID-19. Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members are exempted from the restriction, which was implemented last month and is expected to be in effect until June 30.
Both spouses and common-law partners are deemed immediate family, which means they are still permitted to enter Canada from abroad. Their dependent children are also considered immediate family members as long as they are either under the age of twenty-two (22) or unable to cater for themselves financially due to a disability.