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Further Changes to Spousal or Common-Law Partner Sponsorships

Published: Feb 16, 2018

Further Changes to Spousal or Common-Law Partner Sponsorships

 

Back in December, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada went through an exercise that it said "streamlined" how sponsorships are processed. Prior to December, 2016, among other things, applicants included a full set of application forms, original police clearance certificates, and proof they had undergone a medical examination by a physician designated or chosen by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada when they filed the sponsorship application.

 

One of the changes made December, 2016 was that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada no longer required when the initial application was filed, the police certificates, proof that the medical examination was completed, and a form called a Schedule A Background/Declaration. Over the last fourteen months Immigration has made it its practice to ask applicants at varying times a few weeks or a few months after the initial application was filed, for the missing documents and proofs. Often the requests would come in separate letters: one for the Schedule A Background/Declaration form, one for the police reports, and one asking for proof that the medical examination has been completed.

 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has not been able to get this new process right. They tweaked the process in June, 2017 and again to a smaller extent, in October, 2017. On February 14, 2018 they changed the forms, checklists, and instructions yet again. Now, we are essentially back to where we were before December, 2016. Once again the applicant files with the initial application all of the required forms, plus up-to-date original police clearance certificates. The request for the medical examination will still follow later.

 

We believe at Eisenberg & Young LLP that it is still possible to successfully apply for citizenship, temporary worker and permanent resident status in Canada despite these changes. We strongly recommend, given the complexity of the present and ever-changing immigration system, that you do not apply without first obtaining professional help with the application.

 

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