New Announcement For Family Reunification By IRCC Minister
May 26th 2023, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, made an announcement about improvements to strengthen family class immigration in Canada.
The new measures include:
Faster temporary resident visa (TRV) processing times for spousal applicants
New and dedicated processing tools for spousal TRV applicants
A new open work permit for spousal and family class applicants
Open work permit extensions for open work permit holders expiring between August 1st and the end of 2023
Canadian immigration minister, Sean Fraser announces new measures to strengthen the family reunification in Canada.
As per the official update, minister is revealing measures to fulfill the commitment of improving family reunification as per the Trudeau’s mandate letter sent in December 2021.
Fraser began the announcement by explaining that family members from visa required countries who have submitted family class permanent residency (PR) applications can apply for Temporary Resident Visas (TRV) to join their sponsor in Canada.
Fraser continued by saying that IRCC has successfully eliminated the backlog of TRV applications for family members who already have a permanent residency application being processed.
IRCC’s new approach towards spousal TRV applications has approved more than 98% of applications for spouses and their kids, so that they can be with their families while they await the processing of their PR applications.
Beginning June 7, 2023 open work permit holders whose current status expires between August 1, 2023 and at the end of 2023 will be able to extend their work permit for additional 18 months using free facilitative approach similar to PGWP extension.
This includes spousal open work permit holders of international students, work permit holders, permanent residents, and Canada citizens who are awaiting for their permanent residency applications to be finalized.
Furthermore, he said that new spousal sponsorship applications are being processed within 12 months since July 2022.
Family class sponsorship
Family class immigration is the second largest category under Canada’s Immigration Level’s Plan. In 2023, Canada hopes to welcome 106,500 newcomers under the family class category, with 78,000 under the spouses, partners and children category and 28,500 under the parents and grandparents category. By 2025, Canada aims to welcome 118,000 newcomers through family class immigration.
Family class sponsorship allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor a person to join you in Canada and become a permanent resident.
To be eligible as a sponsor, you must:
Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
Be 18 years of age or older
Not be in prison, bankrupt, under a removal order or charged with a serious offence
Not have been sponsored as a spouse within the last 5 years.
Spouses, common law and conjugal partners, children, parents and grandparents may all be sponsored, provided they meet the required eligibility criteria.