Canada To Reduce Spousal Immigration Processing Times With Office Expansion

Canada’s immigration department is aiming to reduce spousal immigration processing times by hiring staff and increasing office space.

In an public statement released on Friday, March 5, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said more resources will be aimed at the processing of overseas applications in the family class.

“These added resources will help immigration department process more applications and reduce processing times that have been extended during the COVID-19 pandemic,” an IRCC statement said.

The more staffs and office space will be provided at the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Presently working at thirty (30) percent capacity, the new space will also allow old employees to return to the office.

“Most notably, the additional space and increased capacity will accelerated processing times and help us return to the one-year standard for spousal application,” said Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino.

Canada plans to welcome 401,000 newcomer in 2021, of which 103,500 are expected to come through family class programs.

The targeted numbers included 80,000 spouses, partner and children, and 23,500 parents and grandparents.

Canada’s Family Class Immigration Levels Plan

2021 2022 2023
Overall Permanent Resident Admission 401,000 411,000 421,000
Spouses, Partner and Children 80,000 80,000 81,000
Parents and Grandparents 23,500 23,500 23,500
Total Family 103,500 103,500 104,500


Family Sponsorship Set To Boom Again 

Family sponsorships, one of the quickest and most popular ways to gain Canadian permanent residence, are expected to boom again as international travel restrictions gradually eased up in 2021.

As the borders eased up with the worldwide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and economies recovers from the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the family sponsorship category of immigration programs promises to provide great opportunities for foreign citizens who wish to make Canada their home.

Canada’s Family Sponsorship Immigration

Under the family sponsorship program, a Canadian citizen or a Canadian permanent resident, aged eighteen (18) or more can sponsor certain members of their family to become Canadian permanent residents.

With that Canadian permanent residence, those family members are able to live, work and study in Canada.

Under Family Sponsorship Sponsors Are Financially Responsible For Relative

The sponsor takes on all financial responsibility for the relative once he or she comes to Canada.

To be a sponsor, the permanent resident or Canadian citizen must:

  • sign a sponsorship agreement with the family member or relative to be sponsored that charges the sponsor to offer financial supports for the relative, if necessary. This agreement also says the person becoming a permanent resident will make every effort to fend for him or herself;
  • offer financial assistance to a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner for three years from the date they become a permanent resident, and;
  • offer financial support for a dependent child for ten (10) years, or until the child turns twenty-five (25), whichever comes first.

People interested in applying under the Family Class sponsorship class should obtain an assessment of their eligibility by filling out a Free Online Evaluation.

Relatives who can be sponsored include:

  • spouse
  • common-law partner
  • conjugal partner
  • dependent children
  • parents and grandparents – (Additional conditions apply)
  • brothers or sisters, nieces or nephews, grandsons or granddaughters who are orphaned, under eighteen (18) years of age and unmarried or in a common-law relationship.
  • another relative of any age or relationship but only under certain conditions.
  • accompanying relatives of the above (for instance, spouse, common-law partner and dependent children).