Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has published an infographic that shows how the application process is changing, in order to bring family through the spousal sponsorship program.
Image source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Below is a text version: Spousal Sponsorship Changes – Bringing family together infographic:
Overseas and in-Canada applications all processed within 12 months (for 80% of cases)
- Get new application kit. 12 month process
- Read basic guide. Refer to complete guide if needed, and check country specific requirements.
- Identify your checklist. Identify which checklist applies to your situation: spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or a dependent child.
- Fill out forms and assemble application package. Include all forms and documents required on the checklist for your situation.
- Mail application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Processing starts.
- Receiver letter of acknowledgement and instructions. Review instructions to create online account and link your application.
- Link paper application to online account if you wish. Makes it easier to receive and send information.
- You have 30 days to submit background information. Complete and submit Schedule A and police certificates.
- Medical examination: Wait to receive instructions and medical form, then do your exam
- Check account. Receive requests for additional information through your online account, if required.
- IRCC completes processing. IRCC will finish processing your application after it has all the necessary information.
- Decision issued: If approved, applicant receives permanent residence on visa. If refused, applicants receive letter.