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

  • 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 other family class programs.

Immigration will continue to play a vital role in addressing Canada 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.

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