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  • Canada still accepting spousal immigration applications despite coronavirus

    The Canadian government has announced they will still be accepting and processing spousal and common-law sponsorship applications for partners who are both in Canada and abroad.

    This is good news for applicants, both inside and outside of Canada, who have not yet had an opportunity to file their applications with the Canadian Immigration authorities.

    As the Canadian government continues to refine COVID-19 measures, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has ironed out a few of the concerns that couples may have about sponsorship during the crisis.

    Incomplete applications will be accepted

    IRCC will accept incomplete applications for all lines of business including spousal sponsorship during the coronavirus pandemic. This will allow you not to delay a submission simply because you are unable to obtain a required document due to some administrative closures at this time.

    Incomplete applications will be kept and reviewed in 90 days, and include an explanation as to why the documents are missing. If the application is still incomplete in 60 days, IRCC officers are instructed to request the missing documents with an additional 90-day deadline.

    Collecting EI does not make you ineligible to sponsor

    Even before the surge in Employment Insurance applications following recent layoffs, Canadians could still sponsor their spouse if they were collecting employment insurance.

    Though Canadians on last-resort financial assistance from a provincial government are not eligible to sponsor a spouse, unless it is because of a disability, there are certain cases where government funding will not spell inadmissibility.

    Examples of these cases would include, but are not limited to:

    • subsidized housing
    • tax credits
    • child care subsidies
    • other benefits which would be widely available to residents of a province or territory, including persons who are employed

    Spouses and common-law partners exempt from travel restrictions

    Spouses and common-law partners are not affected by Canada’s travel restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus. Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members are exempt from the ban, which was implemented on March 18 and is expected to be in effect until June 30.

    Both spouses and common-law partners are considered immediate family, which means they are still allowed to enter Canada from abroad. Their dependent children and grandchildren are also considered immediate family as long as they are either under the age of 22 or unable to support themselves financially due to a disability.


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