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Canada increases visas for spouses, partners, dependent children from 14,000 to 62,000

Announcement made by Canadian Immigration Minister during Valentine's Day period

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on February 19, 2018; updated February 19, 2018

Canada increases visas for spouses, partners, dependent children from 14,000 to 62,000

To facilitate family reunification, the Government of Canada has increased the number of visa allocation for spouses, partners an dependent children of Canadian citizens or permanent residents from 14,000 to 62,000 spaces.

The announcement to reduce backlog by 80 percent within a year was part of Canada’s Valentine’s Day update issued by Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Applicants from the Philippines currently have to wait for at least 12 months before a spouse, partner or dependent visa is issued, based on the processing times from the Canadian Embassy Manila website on 11 February 2018.  This includes the time to assess the eligibility of the sponsoring Canadian spouse, partner or parent.

For Filipino applicants wishing to check the status of their application online, the Canadian Embassy in Manila provides this link - check the status of your application online, or contact the Embassy by using this Web form.

IRCC website provides this additional official information:

What this means for applicants

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has begun to work on reducing its current spousal sponsorship backlog.

Reducing the backlog means complete and straightforward spousal sponsorship applications will be finalized faster.

The backlog reduction applies to applications received through the family class (overseas processing) as well as the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class (in-Canada processing).

All applications will continue to undergo the necessary screening to ensure that individuals do not pose a health, safety or security risk to Canadians and that the relationships are genuine.

If you have already submitted an application to sponsor your spouse or partner, IRCC may contact you to advise you if we need additional information to help process your application. You do not need to contact us, but please make sure your file is up to date.

If you are contacted, please respond to any communication you receive from us within the time frame provided in order to ensure that we can properly process your application. The success of our efforts relies on your cooperation.

If you have not yet submitted an application to sponsor your spouse or partner but plan to do so, the application will not be dealt with as part of our backlog reduction efforts, but it will be processed as quickly as possible. 

IRCC's work to reduce the backlog will eventually benefit all spousal applicants—whether they are already in the backlog or submitting a new application—by bringing down wait times for all.

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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