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Expedited Visa Applications for Spouses: Canada's Progressive Immigration Measures

Updated: May 27, 2023

Family reunification Canada

Welcome back to Mesidor Immigration News and Updates. Today, we bring you significant news that will be of particular interest to Canadian permanent residents and citizens with spouses residing abroad.

Recently, Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, unveiled a set of initiatives aimed at enhancing the process of family reunification in Canada. These initiatives are expected to streamline the processing of temporary resident visa (TRV) applications, especially for spouses, and introduce new open work permits for those applying under the spouse and family category.

Recognizing the importance of keeping families together during pivotal life transitions, such as immigrating to a new country, these initiatives are designed to facilitate quicker and smoother family reunification. They also aim to ensure that families are well equipped to meet their needs once they arrive in Canada.

One of the key initiatives is the expedited processing of visa applications for spouses. This new approach is expected to bring families together sooner, even as their permanent residence applications are being processed. The goal is to process most of these applications within a month, with applicants receiving the benefit of processing measures tailored to their specific circumstances. Interestingly, these new processing tools have already resulted in a 93% approval rate among the processed applications.

Understanding that employment is a crucial aspect for newcomers to support themselves and their families, the Canadian government has made open work permits available for applicants in the spouse and family category. This includes their dependent children living with their sponsor in Canada who have temporary resident status. Now, spouses, partners, and dependents can apply for and receive an open work permit as soon as they submit a complete permanent residence application under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada category or other family reunification category programs.

Additionally, Minister Fraser announced that those in the spouse category, as well as other open work permit holders whose permits expire between August 1 and the end of 2023, will have the opportunity to extend their work permits for an additional 18 months. This extension was recently offered to many individuals whose post-graduate work permits were nearing expiration.

These initiatives underscore the government's commitment to bolster family reunification by making it easier for spouses, partners, and dependent children awaiting their permanent residence to secure temporary resident status more readily.

As Minister Fraser aptly put it, family reunification through immigration is not just about compassion; it's a cornerstone of Canadian society. These new measures are expected to help build inclusive and resilient communities, support Canadians and newcomers by reuniting families more quickly, and enable them to work and meet their needs more quickly once they are here. This, in turn, is expected to help newcomers unlock their full potential, thereby strengthening Canada's economy and social fabric.

If you or someone you know could benefit from these changes, or if you have any other Canadian immigration needs, we encourage you to reach out to Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services. We are ready to assist you with your immigration journey.

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