Ministerial Instructions 20 (MI20): Spouses, Partners and Dependent Children

Effective December 15, 2016, Ministerial Instructions require that applications for a permanent resident visa of the sponsor’s spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent child made under the Family Class and applications to remain in Canada as a permanent resident of the sponsor’s spouse or common-law partner made under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class must meet the condition of being accompanied by the applicable documents listed in the applicable checklist. The Ministerial Instructions provide for a transition period during which applications made using the old forms and kits will continue to be accepted and not returned under the Ministerial Instructions until January 31, 2017.

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