Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the backlog of applications now sits at 15,000, down from 75,000 in 2016. (Photo by The Canadian Press)

Spousal sponsorship process now moving faster: immigration minister

OTTAWA — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the government has met its goal of shortening wait times for those hoping to sponsor their spouse from abroad.

Hussen says the backlog of applications now sits at 15,000, down from 75,000 in 2016.

Processing times are 12 months for those who filed an application prior to December 2016, while applications after that date take about 26 months.

The Liberals had made family reunification programs an immigration priority upon coming to office in 2015 and have been gradually increasing the number of newcomers admitted in those programs since.

In 2018, admissions are projected to hit about 66,000.

Hussen says the government understands how important it is to reunite couples and it also makes for a stronger country.

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