New measures to strengthen family reunification

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Tue, 30 May 2023 18:57:05 +0000

Canada has announced new immigration measures to reunite loved ones, to help families find support on their settlement journey. These reunification measures include:

  • faster temporary resident visa (TRV) processing times for spousal applicants
  • new and dedicated processing tools for spousal TRV applicants
  • a new open work permit for spousal and family class applicants
  • open work permit extensions for open work permit holders expiring between August 1 and the end of 2023

Going forward, more TRV applications will be processed within 30 days, taking into consideration specific circumstances of applications, as as spouses and dependents.

Canada has also made open work permits available for spousal applicants and their dependent children who reside with their sponsor in Canada and have temporary resident status. Spouses, partners and dependants are now able to apply for and receive an open work permit as soon as they submit a complete permanent residence application under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class (SPCLC) or other family class programs.

Minister Fraser’s announcement for work permit extensions for 18 months for those with open work permits expiring between August 1 and the end of 2023,  was also recently offered to many with expiring post-graduation work permits.

Immigration will continue to play a vital role in addressing Canada’s labour shortages, and  these initiatives seek to strengthen family reunification by facilitating temporary resident status to spouses, partners and dependent children waiting for permanent residence.

“Family reunification through immigration is not only a matter of compassion; it is a fundamental pillar of Canadian society,” said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, highlighting Canada’s commitment to building inclusive and resilient communities. “We are supporting Canadians and newcomers by reuniting families faster, and also allowing them to work and support themselves more quickly once they’re here. By doing so, Canada is helping newcomers achieve their true potential, while also strengthening Canada’s economy and social fabric.”

New measures continue to play a vital role in addressing Canada’s labour shortages; Canada issued more than 1,075,000 work permits and work permit extensions in 2022.

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