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e-2747 (Citizenship and immigration)

Initiated by Allysia Haiste from Edmonton, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

  • COVID-19 has delayed spousal sponsorship applications, both outland and inland;
  • Outland and inland applications are expected to be complete in 12 months, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC);
  • Many outland application delays have already exceeded the 12-month timeline at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020);
  • Temporary Resident Visas are generally denied for spouses from visa-required countries;
  • Extended periods of separation from loved ones may cause severe emotional distress, anxiety, and situational depression;
  • Children, in particular, suffer greatly from the physical absence of a parental figure;
  • Citizens and permanent residents have the right to obtain government services within a reasonable time frame; and
  • As per IRCC Procedural Fairness policies, “Applicants should not be subject to unnecessary delays.”
We, the undersigned, Canadians and permanent residents, call upon the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to offer the following accommodations to accelerate the reunification of families with ongoing Spousal Sponsorship Applications by:
1) Creating a Special Temporary Resident Visa (STRV), for outland applicants, with reasonable eligibility criteria and conditions;
2) Allowing spouses with their children from visa-required countries to easily apply for the STRV online;
3) Issuing and delivering multi-entry STRVs electronically and expediently;
4) Increasing the processing capacity to handle the backlog of new, delayed, and overdue spousal sponsorship applications;
5) Allocating a specifically designated budget to expedite applications that exceed the 12-month spousal sponsorship timeline;
6) Defining specific completion timeline targets for applications in process for 12 months or more; and
7) Allowing spouses and children to visit Canada for the purpose of reunification and well-being during the sponsorship process.
Open for signature
July 17, 2020, at 10:27 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 16, 2020, at 10:27 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East)
September 24, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00005)
Photo - Jenny Kwan
Vancouver East
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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