On May 26, 2023, Canada announced new measures to strengthen family reunification, including:
- 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 who reside with their sponsor in Canada and have temporary resident status
- open work permit extensions for open work permit holders expiring between August 1 and the end of 2023
What to Expect
- Going forward, most of these applications will be processed within 30 days, and applicants will benefit from processing measures specific to their circumstances as spouses and dependents.
- Spouses, partners, and dependents can now 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.
- Spousal applicants, along with other open work permit holders, whose open work permits expire between August 1 and the end of 2023, will be able to extend their work permits for an additional 18 months.
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