Program delivery update: Pilot program to exempt permanent residence applicants in the family class or the spouse or common-law partner in Canada (SCLPC) class

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

September 17, 2021

Instructions have been added that the current pilot program, set to expire on September 9, 2021, has been extended for 2 years. The impact of COVID-19 on the processing of applications, as well as the results of an analysis of the pilot, has warranted extending the pilot by implementing a subsequent public policy that will be in effect from September 10, 2021 to September 9, 2023.

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