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Processing measures to reduce the in-Canada spousal application inventory

Summary

Helping Spouses ReUnite More QuicklyThis Operational Bulletin (OB) provides information about the Department’s efforts to reduce its inventory of spousal applications as well as functional guidance for processing spouse or common-law partner in Canada (SCLPC) class applications in the inventory as of June 13, 2016, which have not yet received a stage one eligibility decision. Measures to reduce the SCLPC inventory apply to in-Canada applications processed as FC1 (spouse), FCC (common-law partner) as well as those processed as FCH under provisions of the spousal public policy; and, where applicable, their dependent children. Instructions regarding confirmation of permanent residence and issuance of the permanent residence card will be provided in the near future.

The Department is making efforts to help spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents reunite more quickly. As part of these efforts, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) plans to significantly reduce the existing inventory of SCLPC applications to address pressures which have accumulated due to levels constraints in previous years.

Read the full update here