It’s just 12-months wait for spouses to Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has reduced the spousal sponsorship applications, bringing it down to just 15,000 from a vast 75,000 persons as of December 31, 2017. The IRCC has shortened the processing time to 12 months, an improvement from the previous 26 months.
More than 80% of those who were in the global spousal sponsorship backlog on December 7, 2016, have now received final decisions for their applications.
The Canada Government also announced that further updates to the application kit and process have been made to improve the client experience and to ensure applications are processed as quickly as possible.
Under its multi-year immigration plan, the Government expects to grant permanent residence to more than 200,000 foreign spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents between 2018 and 2020.