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IRCC Moves To Reduce Processing Times For Spousal Sponsorship
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IRCC Moves To Reduce Processing Times For Spousal Sponsorship

Canada’s immigration minister is announcing that his department will make significant efforts to reduce processing times for spousal sponsorship applications.  The new measures, announced on September 24, will see the number of decision-makers assigned to spousal sponsorship applications increase by 66%.  Background: Canadian spousal sponsorship delays ITC News previously covered the delays in spousal sponsorship…

Some Permanent Resident Applications Now Exempt From Biometrics Requirement
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Some Permanent Resident Applications Now Exempt From Biometrics Requirement

In recognition of the ongoing service disruptions for those applying for Canadian permanent residence, IRCC is relaxing the biometrics requirements for some applicants.  IRCC has already created several biometrics exemptions for some temporary workers. Additionally, when IRCC introduced a two-stage student permit application process, students could receive approval-in-principal for their permit so they can begin…

IRCC Gradually Resumes In-Person Services
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IRCC Gradually Resumes In-Person Services

IRCC is gradually resuming some in-person services for citizenship, permanent residence, asylum, and biometrics collection. IRCC is only offering in-person services by appointment only and they will contact you to schedule the appointments.  This gradual reopening of in-person services is part of a testing phase for IRCC. The services being offered, effective September 21, are…

Newcomers Wishing To Take Canadian Citizenship Test Face Indefinite Delays
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Newcomers Wishing To Take Canadian Citizenship Test Face Indefinite Delays

Permanent residents are pushing IRCC to resume Canadian citizenship tests and interviews that have completely stopped in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some groups are asking for online versions of the test while others are requesting socially distant tests options be made available.  As Canada moves to modernize its immigration system, many are left wondering…

Canada Moves To Modernize Immigration System
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Canada Moves To Modernize Immigration System

The Canadian government is planning a complete overhaul and modernization of how Canada processes immigration applications. An anticipated increase in demand for Canadian immigration as COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted appears to be the motivating factor for the new tender.  “When travel restrictions begin to ease, a significant surge of applications and support requirements is…

Essential Workers Temporarily Exempt From Giving Biometrics Overseas
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Essential Workers Temporarily Exempt From Giving Biometrics Overseas

With ongoing COVID-19 related visa service interruptions, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have temporarily exempted some foreign workers from having to provide biometrics before coming to Canada. This exemption only applies to essential workers in the agricultural and healthcare fields, along with the occupations that support these industries, that are coming from a location…