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August 25, 2023

Fast-tracking Your Spousal TRV with 90% of approval rate: IRCC

Canada’s IRCC has brought a wave of relief to families with groundbreaking changes in TRV processing. Spousal applicants on the path to permanent residency can now reunite with loved ones in just 30 days, erasing lengthy separations. This progressive step allows applicants to be in Canada while their cases are reviewed, fostering togetherness.

While awaiting permanent residency, these applicants can’t work or study on the TRV, focusing on family bonds instead. The move was heralded by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, who highlighted an impressive 90% TRV approval rate for spousal applicants, showcasing IRCC’s commitment to reuniting families promptly.

This leap forward not only accelerates the immigration process but also underscores IRCC’s dedication to smooth settlement experiences. Ultimately, the initiative emphasizes the significance of unity and underscores IRCC’s dedication to transforming the aspiration of togetherness into an attainable reality.

The surge in approval ratings is partly attributed to IRCC’s enhanced employment of advanced analytics for preliminary assessment of TRV applications. This technology assesses multiple application facets, aiding in categorizing individuals likely to qualify for permanent residence and facilitating smoother approval by IRCC officers.

What Is the Typical Duration for Processing Family Class Sponsorship Applications?

The processing time for permanent residence applications through family class sponsorship typically spans 12 months. However, due to the expedited processing of spousal Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs) within 30 days, coupled with IRCC’s commitment to processing work permits in 60 days, the entire process could potentially be completed in as little as three months (90 days). This means that a sponsored spouse, partner, or dependent child could arrive in Canada swiftly and commence employment while awaiting the outcome of their permanent resident application.

Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident can potentially sponsor a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner for permanent residence. This opportunity hinges on their ability to enter a binding undertaking agreement, thereby shouldering financial responsibility for the sponsored family members for a specified duration. The financial requirement for sponsorship adjusts when dependent children are in the picture, further tailoring the commitment.

Looking Beyond Borders: What Innovative Measures Exist for Family Reunification?

IRCC has introduced a new announcement alongside another update. Spouses applying with their sponsor in Canada and holding temporary resident status can now apply for open work permits. This change allows them to apply for the work permits as soon as they’ve submitted their permanent residence application to IRCC. 

Previously, spousal applicants could only get open work permits when applying for sponsorship with Canada

Fraser also mentioned that those with open work permits expiring between August 1st and the end of 2023 can easily extend their permits for 18 months. This extension covers not only the permit holders but also their dependents, including spouses of temporary workers, international students, and permanent resident applicants. The process for extension will be free and facilitated. 

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