Backgrounder: Reuniting More Spouses and Partners

The Government of Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been looking to find solutions to improve service to clients and reduce the uncertainty for Canadian citizens and permanent residents and for their spouses and partners who are being sponsored for permanent residence.

More Information: 
  • The Government of Canada has taken a number of steps to help improve processing for spousal sponsorship applicants over the past year:
  • Welcoming more spouses, partners and dependent children to Canada
  • Increasing funding to bring down the backlog and reduce processing times
  • Improving the application process for clients

  • Meeting a shorter processing commitment: 12 months for existing and new applicants