Canada to facilitate the processing of the spousal sponsorship cases
On September 24, 2020, the Minister of Immigration Marco Mendicino announced that his department will take steps to facilitate the processing of spousal sponsorship applications. According to Mendicino, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has increased the number of officers assessing the spousal sponsorship cases by 66% to eliminate the backlogs and speed up the processing times. The IRCC officials are going to digitize paper applications to enable the staff to work remotely. The immigration department also plans to use online interviews if required complying with the COVID-19 limitations. The goal of the government is to finalize about 6,000 such cases from October to December 2020 to reach the number of 49,000 decisions this year.