IRCC speeding up processing for spousal applications

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

On September 24, 2020, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced action to speed up spousal application processing and help families build their lives together in Canada.

IRCC has increased the number of decision makers on spousal applications in Canada by 66%, to process spousal applications more quickly and reduce wait times. They are also piloting digitize paper applications so they can be processed more efficiently by IRCC employees working remotely and at various worksites.

IRCC aims to accelerate, prioritize and finalize approximately 6,000 spousal applications each month from October until December 2020. Combined with processing to date, this rate will lead to about 49,000 decisions by the end of this year.

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