Turning Interest Into Action
Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Spousal Sponsorship Advocates emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 2020 during the COVID-19 Pandemic, we’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Join the movement with us to learn more and get involved.
We are a grassroots movement that advocates for the accelerated reunification of families with ongoing spousal sponsorship permanent resident applications in Canada.
Even before COVID-19, spousal sponsorship applicants were subjected to inordinate processing delays. The pandemic has only made matters worse. IRCC’s target is to process most applications within twelve months. Although this delay could be improved, it is widely considered as reasonable. However, processing delays now largely exceed twelve months, sometimes extending to several years.
The government of Canada says they processed applications in recent years at a 79% rate meeting the 12 month timeline. That seems like a great number, but when it’s over 60,000 applications we’re talking about then suddenly that 21% who aren’t meeting the expected 12 month timeline reaches upwards of 12,600 families separated.
We have sent over 63 thousand letters to the government regarding the different aspects of our campaign, and are still waiting for a response.
One of the proposals we’ve submitted to the government is the creation of a Special Temporary Resident Visa (STRV) with criteria that would make couples and their children more likely to be approved.
Another proposal, as indicated in our House of Commons Petition is a request to deal with applications that have surpassed the 12 month timeline, and to process new applications quicker to deal with the backlog.