IMMIGRATION MINISTER MAKES IT EASIER FOR FAMILIES TO REUNITE
BRAMPTON, ON, December 7, 2016 – The Government of Canada is making it faster and easier for
Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses.
The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship, and Refugees, jointed by Ms.
Kamal Khera, Member of Parliament and Mr. Raj Grewal, Member of Parliament announced
improvements to facilitate faster spousal reunification at the Indus Community Services Office in
Brampton West. At the direction of the Minister, earlier this year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
began a concerted effort to reduce processing times. From the start of 2016 to the fall, processing times
were reduced by 15 percent for in-Canada applications and just over 10 percent for applications outside
Canada.Starting today, processing times will be reduced even further with most spousal applications now being
processed in 12 months. Complex cases may require more time Applicants who already filed an application will not have to wait an additional 12 months to have them finalized. IRCC will continue to process applications in the order they have been received. Most families who have been waiting should have a decision on their sponsorship application no later than the end of December 2017. These new changes are expected to benefit more than 64 000 applicants by the end of 2017, and are the latest measures to bring families together. “We have listened to Canadians and are delivering results. Bringing families together makes for a stronger Canada. Canadians who marry someone from abroad shouldn’t have to wait for years to have them immigrate or be left with uncertainty in terms of their ability to stay. What we’re announcing today is a more efficient, more considerate process to reunite families.”
– The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
• The application kit for new sponsors has been redesigned to be simpler and easier to
understand. It will be available on December 15, 2106.
• To bring families together, IRCC plans to admit 64 000 spouses and dependants in 2017, well
above the average over the past decade of about 47 000.
About Ms. Kamal Khera – Ms. Kamal Khera is the Member of Parliament for Brampton West and the
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health. She is a registered nurse, community volunteer and a