New Measures to Strengthen Family Reunification in Canada Vancouver


The importance of keeping families together, particularly during significant life events like moving to a new country, cannot be overstated. With this in mind, Canada is taking steps to expedite and streamline the process of family reunification while also providing support to newcomers upon their arrival in the country.

In a joint announcement, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre, unveiled a series of measures aimed at bolstering family reunification efforts. These measures include:

  1. Accelerated Processing Times for Spousal Applicants: The government will prioritize the processing of temporary resident visa (TRV) applications for spouses, ensuring faster turnaround times. In most cases, these applications will now be processed within 30 days. Moreover, applicants will benefit from tailored processing procedures specifically designed for spouses and dependents. A significant number of applications have already been processed under these new measures, resulting in an impressive approval rate of 93%.

  2. Enhanced Processing Tools for Spousal TRV Applicants: To further expedite the reunification process, the government has introduced new and dedicated processing tools exclusively for spousal TRV applicants. These tools are intended to streamline the application process and provide a more considerate approach for families anxiously waiting to be reunited.

  3. Introduction of an Open Work Permit for Spousal and Family Class Applicants: Recognizing the need for newcomers to secure employment and support their families, Canada has introduced an open work permit option for spousal applicants and their dependent children residing with their sponsor in the country under temporary resident status. Once a complete permanent residence application is submitted under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class (SPCLC) or other family class programs, spouses, partners, and dependents will be eligible to apply for and receive an open work permit.

  4. Work Permit Extensions for Open Work Permit Holders: Minister Fraser also announced that spousal applicants, as well as other open work permit holders, whose permits are set to expire between August 1 and the end of 2023, will be granted an extension for an additional 18 months. This measure aligns with a similar option recently offered to individuals with expiring post-graduation work permits.

These initiatives not only reinforce the crucial role of immigration in addressing labor shortages in Canada but also fulfill the Minister's commitment, outlined in his mandate letter, to strengthen family reunification by facilitating temporary resident status for spouses, partners, and dependent children while they await permanent residence.

Canada remains committed to helping families reunite swiftly and ensuring their successful integration into the country, thereby creating a stronger and more inclusive society for alll


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