Citizenship and Immigration Canada Update Spousal Visa Processing Time

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Individuals wishing to immigrate to Canada or those who want to bring family to Canada may discover that depending upon where you are in the world can have a huge impact on the amount of time it takes for the immigration process to either approve or deny your application. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has recently updated its statistic regarding the current processing times for obtaining family class permanent visas through different Canadian visa issuing posts Worldwide. Most offices show a range of times ranging from a few months to over a year, indicating that the immigration process flows at a highly irregular rate for Canadian partner and marriage visas. Some conjugal visas are processed in as little as two months while in the worst case scenario various family class applications can take up to a year and a half.

Some of the slowest immigration processing of spousal visas and other family visas are found in individual visa offices in Africa and the Middle East. In Accra 80% of visas for those wishing to immigrate to Canada take 18 months to finalize. Nairobi takes about 15 months to process the majority of family class migration applications. On the other end of the spectrum, people who want to immigrate to Canada who apply for their visas in individual visa offices in Asia and the Pacific can likely expect an answer much more quickly. Beijing has one of the fastest processing times, handling 80% of their applications in 4 months. Even the slower offices in Islamabad and Colombo manage to deliver an answer on the majority of their family class visas for Canada in 9 months. Offices in Europe and the Americas have response times that are all over the map, ranging from a speedy 2 month in 30-50% of cases originating in Vienna to a maximum of 17 months for most cases coming out of Port-au-Prince.

There are numerous ways to apply for permission to immigrate to Canada and potential immigrants should do their research before applying for a permanent resident visa. Our website contains all the various immigration categories as well as outlining the eligibility requirements for Canadian marriage and partner visas. You will find all the information they need about the rules, regulations necessary for a range of visas, including those for obtaining a: partner visa, spousal visa, conjugal visa, and more. Basically there are two processes for sponsoring family members through family class applications. One is specifically for spouses, partners and dependant children and the other is for all other eligible relatives.

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