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Recent changes in spousal sponsorship program to reduce processing times for both in Canada and overseas applicants

  • 2 Feb 2024
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Live Webinar CPD - CICC Approved 2 Hours


CPD Hours:    2 Hours and 30 minutes      CICC Approved 2 Hours
Format: Live Webinar 
Educator: Muhammad Watto B.A., LL.B., Member LSO

Name/title of event:  Recent changes in spousal sponsorship program to reduce processing times for both in Canada and overseas applicants 

Original program date: Feb 2, 2024

Seminar summary

On December 7, 2016, IRCC announced significant changes to enable the processing of most spousal sponsorship applications within a 12-month. More complex cases would need more time to process. Applicants who already filed an application will not have to wait an additional 12 months to have them finalized. IRCC will continue to process applications in the order they have been received.

The application package has also been changed among procedural changes to examine files faster. Applications already in the process may require a follow-up review if a final decision has not been made. The new application must meet new standards concerning recent changes.

Seminar presentation

  • An overview of Pre-December 7, 2016 requirements,
  • Details of Post December 7, 2016, criteria and the new application package
  • Effect of new changes on applications already in process
  • How to conduct a follow-up review of previous submissions
  • Locating the file and communication with the visa office
  • In Canada, the application process and options for applicants
  • Outside Canada application process and options for the applicants
  • The current IRCC policy and procedures.                                                                                                                           
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