Most people immigrating to Canada are looking for a better life not just for themselves but for their families as well. They make a tough decision to leave their loved ones in their home country. The Canadian immigration understands this and created Family Class Sponsorship programs to ensure families are reunited in Canada.
The spousal sponsorship program was established to reunite spouses and common-law partners. This is because the application process can be overwhelming and you need a representative to help you figure out what type to choose, what options you have and what they mean for you and your spouse or common-law partner. One of the questions we get asked a lot is whether someone needs to be in Canada when their application for sponsorship is made.
The answer is no. The Canadian immigration system considers terms such as living in Canada or being in Canada as two different things. Your spouse is not required to leave the country in order for your outland application to be approved. Additionally, the officers at the point of entry can deny entry into Canada at their own discretion. Your immigration lawyer will advise on what documents need to be submitted, where and even help in the entire application process.
One option for you if you had submitted an inland application would be to submit an outland sponsorship application. Your lawyer will review your options to immigrate permanently. First and foremost, your spouse will not be able to be employed legally in Canada. To better explore your options for Canadian immigration or spousal sponsorship, talk to an immigration lawyer today. Spousal Sponsorship: Visiting Canada during application processing Most people immigrating to Canada are looking for a better life not just for themselves but for their families as well.
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Anybody else facing similar delays? Guys… again to confirm… Once application is submitted with all documents and medical… then can we travel outside USA to India and come back without needing new Police verifications?
You have to give police verifications for all countries you have lived in for more than 6 months in the last 10 years. For e. I traveled to Spain for a week in the last 10 years but did not have to give police verification for Spain. After you submit your application you can expect regular updates on CIC account, or no updates at all, till you actually get the PPR.
They will ask you to send passport and photos, you only send it then. Mine took 4 months. No big deal. People in the GC waiting period even more. I actually asked that because we have to go to India in few months… and as we know they just give 30 days to get passports stamped once PPR is approved… so i am trying to understand if it can happen before we go or will it happen after we come back….
I am really sorry, I got confused with Application processing time and PR card. My bad. The application processing time is more perhaps. For PR application i. PPR request, it takes usually around 4 months. Then you send your passport and photos and you get it back in a few weeks. For me it took approx 4. For PR card it took me two months per application once photos got rejected after two months, and then I got PR card two months after re-sending photos.
You will have to figure it out. If anyone has other ideas please feel free to share. When you say few months it really matters how many months.
Regards Ajay. PR application taking longer time than usual. Application stuck in eligibility review and background check. Delays in getting PPR. It's been six months and still no word, I don't deserve it? Wait did you get the passport request? It took me 4 months to get the PPR after I submitted my application. Also, how much time do we get to send passports once PR is approved for stamping? You have 30 days after you get the PPR email to send passport, photos, and return envelope.
I submitted mine on April 23rd and I am at this. It supposedly has become faster now. I actually asked that because we have to go to India in few months… and as we know they just give 30 days to get passports stamped once PPR is approved… so i am trying to understand if it can happen before we go or will it happen after we come back… arun.Police Clearance Certificates or certificates of non-criminal activity must be obtained from the country of current residence and from each country in which the applicant has resided for more than six months since their 18th birthday.HOW APPLICATION PROCESSING TIME IS REALLY CALCULATED - Immigration Canada
If your country offers fingerprint searches, you must use that method for the Police Clearance check. A letter from Immigration Canada IRCC may be required to submit to the overseas government office to get permission to conduct a search for immigration purposes. Check here to see which one is needed for you country of citizenship.
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Plan accordingly and ensure you have enough time to get a police clearance completed and submitted on time. For Express Entry candidates, you only have 90 days to submit all documentation after receiving an ITA. In general, applicants and all family members who are 18 years of age or older need to get a police certificate. These certificates must be obtained from each country or territory where the individuals has lived for six or more months in a row since the age of For the country the individual currently lives in, the police certificate must be issued no more than six months before you apply.
For countries where the individual has lived for six months or more, the police certificate must be issued after the last time you lived in that country. If your certificate is in a language other than English or French, it must be sent along with the original copy of a translation done by a certified translator. All applicants for Canada immigration must also undergo a background clearance to screen those who have been, or are involved in, espionage, subversion, or terrorism.
This is to ensure that the safety and order of Canadian society are maintained and protected. Such security screening decisions are made based on information from every available source, which is then carefully weighed to determine whether an applicant is likely to threaten the internal security of Canada. When there is an indication of security concerns, an interview will be scheduled to discuss these findings with the applicant.
Anyone who poses such a threat must necessarily be prevented from entering Canada. Please note that there is a clear distinction between the Police Clearance Certificate, which the applicant is required to obtain, and the background clearance, in which the applicant for the most part is not actively involved.
Licensed by:. Security Clearances. Each applicant for a Canada Immigration Permanent Resident Visa, aged 18 or over, must undergo a Security Clearance to prove that he or she is not criminally inadmissible.It has been a month since my AOR date and the anticipation of an update to come was not an easy experience.
There were sleepless nights of status checking and not to mention the stress of waking up without anything new in my account. Nevertheless, it happened. This number is placed beside your name and the names of your dependent. This signifies that your application has been opened and checked for the first time. To start, let me introduce you to the PR Stages. These stages are met along the way after submitting an application in your MyCIC account.
Disclaimer: These stages are not officially presented by nor verified from CIC. I will show to you snapshots of this pdf file I got from the Whatsapp group. This is not my file, thus, giving credit to the rightful owner. Summary of PR Stages 1. AOR — Acknowledgment of Receipt. This is the message you will get from CIC after sending your application. The message will be present in your account together with the Confirmation of Online Application Transmission.
NA 1 — Not Applicable 1. This will be the Background Check status after the submission. This will not change until the file will be open by the Visa Officer. This can happen for about days from the AOR date.
PNP applicants, however, will go over this estimated period but not all. IP 1 is reflected on the BG status. IP 1 means that an officer will do the criminality checks and if its with a positive result, he will then change the BG status to NA.
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IP 1 sometimes happens ahead, later than or same day with the MEP. NA 2 — Not Applicable 2.Skip to main content. USCIS conducts an investigation of the applicant upon his or her filing for naturalization.
The investigation consists of certain criminal background and security checks. In addition, USCIS conducts other inter-agency criminal background and security checks on all applicants for naturalization. The background and security checks apply to most applicants and must be conducted and completed before the applicant is scheduled for his or her naturalization interview.
Fingerprints are valid for 15 months from the date of processing by the FBI. An applicant abandons his or her naturalization application if the applicant fails to appear for the fingerprinting appointment without good cause and without notifying USCIS. Previously, USCIS had waived the fingerprint requirements for applicants 75 years old or older because it was difficult to capture readable fingerprints from this age group. Applicants who are homebound or hospitalized may request an accommodation when unable to appear at an ASC for biometrics processing.
An applicant may qualify for a waiver of the fingerprint requirement if the applicant is unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, to include birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, and psychiatric conditions. An officer responsible for overseeing applicant fingerprinting may grant the waiver in the following situations:. An applicant who is granted a fingerprint waiver must bring local police clearance letters covering the relevant period of good moral character to his or her naturalization interview.
All clearance letters become part of the record. In cases where the applicant is granted a fingerprint waiver or has two unclassifiable fingerprint results, the officer must take a sworn statement from the applicant covering the period of good moral character.
The FBI name check must be completed and cleared before an applicant for naturalization is scheduled for his or her naturalization interview.
Definitive responses used to support other applications are valid for 15 months from the FBI process date.
INA - Prerequisite to naturalization, burden of proof. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to specify that every naturalization applicant must provide biometrics regardless of age, unless the applicant qualifies for a fingerprint waiver due to certain medical conditions.
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Guidance Resources Appendices Updates A. Fingerprints 1. Fingerprint Waivers Applicants with Certain Medical Conditions An applicant may qualify for a waiver of the fingerprint requirement if the applicant is unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, to include birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, and psychiatric conditions.
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Express Entry. Express Entry provides a faster way for skilled workers to settle in Canada. Immigration matters. Report a problem or mistake on this page. Please select all that apply: A link, button or video is not working.This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. These instructions apply to paper-based non-Express Entry applications, which include all of the following:.
This section provides guidance on reviewing applications for completeness and putting them into process. Applications are first checked for completeness, according to the document checklist requirements in place at the time the application is received by the CIO. See more on the lock-in date for the age of dependent children. Part of the completeness check includes verifying that the applicant is listed on the monthly nomination spreadsheet that the CIO receives directly from the province or territory.
The province or territory sends an encrypted monthly nomination spreadsheet directly to the CIO, via Entrust. The spreadsheet includes the details of all the nominations the province or territory has issued each month and is considered confirmation of the nomination certificate issuance.
The CIO must be satisfied that the spreadsheet is from the responsible provincial or territorial government authority that is, the email address is from the provincial or territorial government department that processes the nominations. The nomination is considered valid, as long as the applicant submits a complete application for permanent residence on or before the expiry date of the nomination.
A nomination extension is not required for nominations that expire while an application is being processed. If a nominee does not apply for permanent residence before the expiry of their nomination, the province or territory may issue an extension to allow the nominee additional time to submit their application.
Provinces and territories notify IRCC of all extensions through the monthly nomination spreadsheet. Nominees are issued a nomination approval letter by the nominating province or territory, and the letter must be included in their application for permanent residence. Nominees must also submit a copy of their nomination approval letter if they apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment -exempt work permit for a job offer in the nominating province or territory, or if they apply for a bridging open work permit.
For more information, see Foreign workers: Provincial nominees or permanent residence applicants. Each province has its own set of criteria and nomination streams and programs. The following list provides the GCMS categories for the various provincial and territorial programs or streams:.
The lock-in date for the age of a dependent child is the date the applicable provincial or territorial authority receives a complete application for a provincial or territorial nomination from the principal applicant [ R Applicants must include a copy of their language test results with their application for permanent residence.