Canada has to solve the delays in the processing of applications for Canada PR visas under the Spousal Sponsorship Program. The country has now taken measures to accelerate the processing of applications received at the end of 2020.
The average processing time for overseas applications now is 17 months. It’s 15 months for applications coming from within Canada. The processing time before the COVID-19 pandemic was 12 hours.
In September 2020, Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino revealed a plan. The plan aimed at speeding up the processing of spousal applications for Canada immigration. The steps taken include:
Increasing the number of decision-makers on the spousal applications by 66% in the last quarter of 2020
Implementing new technology under a pilot project through using which paper applications are digitized leading to faster and more efficient processing
Introducing another pilot project that uses technology to hold interviews with applicants from remote locations, keeping with the COVID-19 health protocols
Here’s a snapshot of spousal applications processed in the last quarter of 2020.
Backlogs in spousal applications have also been piling up. But even during the pandemic, it was estimated that the Canadian government should not be taking over 15 months to process applications for a spousal sponsorship. But post-pandemic, this is expected to reduce to 6 to 9 months.
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