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Am I affected by the changes made to reduce spousal sponsorship wait times?

If you applied before December 15, 2016

You are not affected by the new change and you do not have to reapply.

We’ve committed to processing most (80 percent) of the applications we’ve received as of December 15, 2016, by the end of December 2017. We process applications in the order we get them.

You do not need to contact us. To help us process your file faster,

If you apply between December 15, 2016, and January 31, 2017

You can apply using either the new application package or the old application package.

We aim to process most (80 percent) of the new applications submitted on or after December 15, 2016, within 12 months of the date of receipt.

If you apply with the old application package, follow these instructions for your medical exam.

If you apply after January 31, 2017

You need to use the new application package.

After January 31, 2017, applications using the old package will not be accepted.

Learn more about the changes to the spousal sponsorship program.

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