MP Sahota announces faster reunion of spouses in Canada
Brampton, Feb 15 (IBNS): The process of spouse sponsorship by the Government of Canada had significantly improved over the past year, helping Canadians and permanent residents to reunite faster with their spouses, media reports said.
“When I opened my office in Brampton North, I had constituents waiting over two years to be reunited with their spouse. I am proud to have been able to raise this concern in Ottawa and work with the Minister and the Government to improve the process and reunite spouses faster under a more efficient and easier to navigate process,” Ruby Sahota, Member of Parliament for Brampton North was reported to state.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had announced in Dec 2016 that the backlog of spousal applicants would be reduced by 80 percent and shorten processing times to 12 months.
IRCC also announced that sponsorship application process would reportedly become more efficient and easier to navigate.
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced on Wednesday that the government has successfully met these commitments.
“The Government of Canada is committed to family reunification. We understand how important it is to reunite couples. It also 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.” Hussen was quoted as saying by media.
More than 80 percent of applications in the global spousal sponsorship backlog on Dec. 2016 have now received final decisions for their applications.
IRCC was also reportedly successful in reducing the spousal inventory from 75,000 applications to 15,000 as of Dec 31, 2017.
In addition, after reportedly introducing a new spousal sponsorship application package in December 2016, IRCC continued to respond to client and stakeholder feedback to further improve the application process, making it simpler and easier for sponsors and applicants to understand and navigate.
As a result IRCC reportedly made a number of improvements to the application package in June 2017.
More updates were reportedly introduced yesterday to the application kit to improve both the client experience and make sure we can process applications as quickly as possible.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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