On December 7, 2016, John McCallum, Canada’s Immigration Minister, announced that changes have been made to speed up the processing of Family Class immigration applications. The average processing times are to be reduced from 24 months to 12 months, and gradually, to as fast as six months.
The new system is operational
as of December 15, 2016.
The new 12-month target applies to applicants inside and outside Canada.
“Bringing families together makes for a stronger Canada. Canadians who marry someone from abroad shouldn’t have to wait for years to have them immigrate or be left with uncertainty in terms of their ability to stay. What we’re announcing today is a more efficient, more considerate process to reunite families”, said McCallum.
In 2017, it is anticipated that Canada will welcome 64,000 new permanent residents as the spouses, common-law partners, or dependent children of Canadian citizens or permanent residents in 2017.
“This will be of benefit to the 64,000 spouses we plan to admit to Canada in the coming year, but it will be of benefit to all Canadians because I think that people are more productive citizens, they do better overall when they are with their families than when they are isolated from their families,” said McCallum.
Here’s what to expect under the new system:
•One application kit for all applicants
•75 pages of guide material in simplified language
•Medical and police certificates required later in the process
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