Spousal Sponsorship Application Processing Times Soaring under Conservatives

On March 1, 2015, both the Ottawa Sun and the CBC  reported that protesters demonstrated in front of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) building on Laurier Avenue in Ottawa.  As the CBC reported:

Canadians who fall in love with someone of another nationality can face daunting obstacles to starting a life together in Canada. If their spouse is living here already, they face a 25-month waiting period for their application to be processed. That waiting period has grown longer over the past two years, leaving thousands of families in limbo.

It is not only spouses in Canada whose applications are experiencing processing delays.

The tables below compare CIC’s processing times for spousal sponsorship applications on February 22, 2011, and January 29, 2015.

The results surprised even me, although they shouldn’t have given the highly publicized Deficit Action Reduction Plan.

Africa and the Middle East
Visa Office 2011 Processing Time 2015 Processing Time
Abidjan – Ivory Coast 17 CLOSED
Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates 27 13
Accra – Ghana 21 14
Cairo – Egypt 12 20
Damascus – Syria 10 CLOSED
Nairobi – Kenya 29 27
Pretoria – South Africa 18 19
Rabat – Morocco 10 8
Tel Aviv – Israel 8 9

A person submitting a spousal sponsorship application to the Canadian Embassy in Beijing will have their application take over twice as long to process.  In New Delhi it is 2.5 times as long.

Asia and Pacific
Visa Office 2011 Processing Time 2015 Processing Time
Beijing – China 4 9
Colombo – Sri Lanka 16 13
Hong Kong – China 16 9
Islamabad – Pakistan 21 36
Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia 10 CLOSED
Manila – Philippines 9 17
New Delhi – India 6 16
Seoul – South Korea 6 CLOSED
Singapore – Singapore 18 30
Sydney – Australia 7 14
Taipei – Taiwan 5 CLOSED
Tokyo – Japan 5 CLOSED

The Canadian High Commission in London takes over three times as long to process spousal sponsorship applications as it did in 2011.

Europe
Visa Office 2011 Processing Time 2015 Processing Time
Ankara – Turkey 7 10
Berlin – Germany 13 CLOSED
Bucharest – Romania 6 16
Kiev – Ukraine 11 12
London – United Kingdom 8 29
Moscow – Russia 8 18
Paris – France 9 8
Rome – Italy 13 10
Vienna – Austria 9 17
Warsaw – Poland 8

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Americas
Visa Office 2011 Processing Time 2015 Processing Time
Bogota – Colombia 15 12
Buenos Aires – Argentina 12 13
Buffalo – United States 11 CLOSED
Caracas – Venezuela 17 CLOSED
Guatemala City – Guatemala 17 N/A
Havana – Cuba 7 10
Kingston – Jamaica 16 25
Lima – Peru 12 14
Mexico City – Mexico 15 18
Port-au-Prince – Haiti 12 21
Port of Spain – Trinidad and Tobago 14 16
Santiago – Chile 10 24
Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic 22 14
Sao Paulo – Brazil 10 8

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