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  • Writer's pictureGiuseppe Marini

New Measures Reunite Loved Ones and Address Labour Shortages:

The Canadian government recognizes that families are meant to stay together and is working to help families reunite quickly and easily. The Hon. Sean Fraser announced new measures to strengthen family reunification that include faster processing for temporary resident visas (TRV) for spousal applicants; new processing tools for spousal TRV applicants; new open work permits for family and spousal applicants; and open work permit extensions for open work permit holders expiring between August 1 and the end of 2023.

Minister Fraser noted that TRV applications will be processed within a remarkable 30-day timeframe that significantly reduces the ordinary and lengthy waiting period. The initial results have been promising with an approval rate of 93% among the applicants who have benefitted from the expedited processing tools.

Open work permits are also available for spousal applicants and their dependent children residing with their sponsors in Canada. These changes allow for spouses, partners, and dependents to apply for and obtain an open work permit as soon as they submit a complete permanent residence application under family class programs.

The Canadian Government’s commitment to strengthening family reunification extends deeper and wider than ever with the announcement of an 18-month work permit extension. Open work permit holders, including spouses, will be eligible for extension if their permit is set to expire between August 1 and December 31, 2023. The above changes demonstrate the governments dedication to supporting newcomers at various stages of their journey.

“Family reunification through immigration is not only a matter of compassion; it is a fundamental pillar of Canadian society. Today's announcement is a mandate commitment to help build inclusive and resilient communities. We are supporting Canadians and newcomers by reuniting families faster, and also allowing them to work and support themselves more quickly once they’re here. By doing so, Canada is helping newcomers achieve their true potential, while also strengthening Canada’s economy and social fabric.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

"Family reunification lies at the heart of building vibrant and inclusive communities. In Vancouver, we know that when families are united, they become stable, put down roots and begin to build a future. Our city thrives. This unwavering commitment to bringing loved ones together fuels our collective spirit and enriches the tapestry of our diverse neighbourhoods. Today's emphasis on family reunification amplifies Vancouver's strength, resilience, and compassion as we create a city where every individual feels a sense of belonging, and every family can flourish."

– The Honourable Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre

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