As we enter 2023, there are some significant developments and changes in the Canadian marriage immigration system. Here are some of the latest updates:
New immigration targets
In 2021, the Canadian government announced an ambitious immigration target of welcoming over 400,000 new permanent residents each year until 2023. This target is part of the government’s plan to support economic recovery and growth. This means that there will be more opportunities for spouses and partners to immigrate to Canada.
Changes to spousal sponsorship program
In October 2021, the Canadian government announced significant changes to the spousal sponsorship program. These changes aim to reduce processing times and make the process more accessible and inclusive. Some of the changes include:
- Increasing the number of officers processing applications
- Simplifying the sponsorship application process
- Allowing applicants to submit documents later in the process
- Removing the requirement for applicants to provide a police certificate from their country of origin
Language proficiency is an important factor in the immigration process, and the Canadian government has introduced new language requirements for some immigration programs. Spouses and partners who are applying for permanent residence through the Family Class program will need to demonstrate a higher level of language proficiency than before.
Digital immigration application process
The Canadian government is moving towards a fully digital immigration application process. This will make the process faster, more efficient, and more secure. Spouses and partners who are applying for permanent residence will be able to submit their applications online and receive updates on their status through an online portal.
Canadian government is making significant efforts to streamline and improve the marriage immigration process. These changes will benefit couples who want to start a new life together in Canada, as they will be able to navigate the process more easily and quickly. As we move into 2023, it is important to stay informed about any new updates or changes to the immigration system to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible.