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“Building Stronger Families: Canada’s Empowering Reforms for Family Class Immigration”

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July 4, 2023

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Shreya Udani

“Building Stronger Families: Canada’s Empowering Reforms for Family Class Immigration”

Empowering Families: Canada’s New Reforms for Stronger Family Class Immigration

The well-being of its citizens and residents is given priority in Canada, which is known for valuing family togetherness. On May 26, 2023, Mr. Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, announced a number of policies that will significantly strengthen Family-Class Immigration. These changes are intended to speed up procedures, shorten processing times, and provide greater opportunities for families to be together in Canada. Let’s explore these fascinating changes in greater detail and what they signify for families.  


1. Reduced Processing Times for Spousal Applicants: 

Reduced processing times for spouses applying for Temporary Residence Visas (TRVs) are among Minister Sean Fraser’s significant modifications. This measure will speed up family reunions and promote unity and support. The adoption of more efficient measures will ensure that TRV applications are processed within just 30 days, significantly expediting the overall process. 


New Tools for Spousal TRV Candidates: 

The Canadian government has launched new, specific tools made for spousal TRV applicants to improve their experience. These tools will streamline the application process and offer spousal TRV applicants additional clarity and guidance, facilitating their road toward family reunification. 


2. Open Work Permit for Spousal and Family Class Candidates: 

The introduction of a new open work permit for spousal and family class candidates marks a significant step towards empowering families. This permit allows spouses and dependent children who are living in Canada with their sponsor and have obtained temporary residence status to apply for and receive an open work permit. This exciting opportunity enables them to work in Canada while their application for permanent residence is being processed. 

Extensions for Expiring Open Work Permits: 

Recognizing the challenges faced by individuals whose open work permits are set to expire between August 1st, 2023 and by the end of 2023, the Canadian government has introduced an extension program. Approximately 25,000 individuals currently in Canada and working, including spouses and dependents of temporary workers, international students, and permanent residence applicants, can renew their open work permits for an additional 18 months. This process is offered free of charge, providing much-needed stability and continuity for families as they await the finalization of their permanent status. However, it’s important to remember that June 28, 2023, is the final day to “Opt-In” to be eligible for this policy. 

 Mr. Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, highlighted changes that have given families wanting to reconnect more choices in Canada. We are happy to support and mentor Spousal and Family-Class Applicants through these shifting reforms by assisting people with navigating the challenging immigration process. 


Our goal at SPS Canada Immigration Inc. is to strengthen families and bring their reunion dreams to reality. Get in touch with us right away to find out how our services will enable you to fully benefit from the most recent changes and begin your journey to a more promising future in Canada. 


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