ARCHIVED – How we are reducing processing times for spousal sponsorship

This infographic shows what we are doing to help reduce processing times for spousal sponsorship.

Spousal sponsorship: Reducing Processing Times (PDF, 529.41KB)

Infographic of spousal sponsorship processing times. Text version below:
Text version: Spousal sponsorship - Reducing processing times infographic

December 2015

  • 2 application kits, separate for in-Canada and overseas
  • 180 pages of guides different for overseas and in-Canada, and for sponsors and applicants
  • 14 guides and checklists
  • 3 separate relationship questionnaires and 1 sponsorship evaluation form
  • Upfront medical exams and police certificates
  • Processing times: up to 26 months (for 80% of cases)

New improved process (December 15, 2016)

  • 1 application kit for everyone
  • 1 guide, 75 pages
  • 1 checklist
  • 1 relationship and sponsorship form
  • Later in the process, medical and police certificates requested
  • Processing times: 12 months for all applicants (for 80% of cases)


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