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How long will it take to process my spousal sponsorship application?

If you applied before December 7, 2016

We’ve committed to processing most (80 percent) of the applications we’ve already received as of December 7, 2016, by the end of December 2017. We process applications in the order we get them.

If you haven’t applied yet or applied after December 7, 2016

We aim to process most (80 percent) of the new applications submitted on or after December 7, 2016, within 12 months of the date of receipt.

To help us process your application as quickly as possible:

See what the changes are to the spousal sponsorship program.

Spousal sponsorship program changes: Faster processing and the new application package are available now.

Find out about important changes we’ve made to process your spousal sponsorship application within 12 months.

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