The Government of Canada reveals that the spousal sponsorship has bounced back to its standard of service after the pandemic delayed the IRCC operations. The Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, declared Canada’s 12-month application processing in January 2022.
The 12-month standard of service is similar if the spouses are applying as inland or outland applicants. The processing time, the time needed for the applicants to provide biometrics, for IRCC to review the sponsor and the individual sponsored by, and the time necessary to ensure that the applicants meet their eligibility requirements.
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Eligibility requirements to sponsor their spouse
When is an individual eligible to be sponsored?
Procedure to apply for a spousal sponsorship
There are two ways to process sponsorship applications: Inland and outland sponsorship. The significant difference between the two is; couples who apply from Canada are to be said Inland, while the others whose spouse is in another country will be considered outland.
The common-law partner must have temporary working status in Canada as a student, worker, and visitor to possess the inland sponsorship. While the process is continued, the sponsored individual will be permitted to live, work or study in Canada.
The applicants living in Canada may be able to choose outland sponsorship as a better choice.
Steps to apply for spousal sponsorship
Step 1: Take an application form provided by IRCC
Step 2: Pay the fees on IRCC’s website, including processing fees, legal permanent residence fees, and biometrics fees.
Step 3: Mail the submitted application to IRCC
The standard time taken by IRCC to process the application is 12 months.
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