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Track Spousal Sponsorship Canada Application Status

Track Spousal Sponsorship Canada Application Status

Tracking a Spousal Sponsorship application in Canada is essential for applicants who wish to monitor the progress of their application for sponsoring a spouse or common-law partner for permanent residence. The process involves several steps, and the Canadian government provides various tools and resources for applicants to stay informed about their application status. Here’s a detailed guide on how to track the status of a Spousal Sponsorship Canada application:

1. Understanding the Application Process

The Spousal Sponsorship program is divided into two main categories: Inland (where both the sponsor and the sponsored person are in Canada) and Outland (where the sponsored person is outside Canada). Regardless of the category, the process involves submitting an application package to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which includes forms, fees, and supporting documents to prove the genuineness of the relationship.

2. Initial Acknowledgment of Receipt

After submitting the application, IRCC will send an Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR) to the email address provided in the application. This AOR indicates that the application package has been received and is under processing. It typically includes an application number or a Unique Client Identifier (UCI), which are crucial for tracking the application status.

3. Online Status Check - Track Application Status

  • IRCC Online Account: The primary method for tracking the application status is through the IRCC online account. If you haven't created an account at the time of application submission, you can still create one and link your paper application to it. Here’s how:

  1. Visit the official IRCC website and create a Sign-In Partner or GCKey account: IRCC Login

  2. Once logged in, choose the option to “Link an existing application to this account.”

  3. Follow the prompts and enter your application number or UCI to link your spousal sponsorship application.

  4. After linking, you can check the status of your application, including any messages from IRCC, application updates, and the final decision.

  • Checking Email and Mail: IRCC communicates through the email and mailing address provided in the application. Keep an eye on both, as important updates and requests for additional documents or interviews will be communicated this way.

4. Understanding Application Status Updates

  • Application Received: Confirms your application is with IRCC.

  • In Process: Indicates that the assessment of your application has begun.

  • Decision Made: A decision has been reached. This could mean approval, a request for an interview, or, in some cases, a refusal.

5. Contacting IRCC for Updates

If significant time has passed beyond the standard processing times without updates, you may contact IRCC for further information:

  • Webform: Use the IRCC Webform to inquire about your application status. Provide your application number, UCI, and detailed questions. Access the Webform here: IRCC Webform

  • Call IRCC: You can also call the IRCC Contact Centre for updates. Be prepared with your application number and personal details for verification.

6. Use of a Representative

If you’ve appointed an immigration lawyer or consultant as a representative, they can check the status on your behalf and communicate with IRCC regarding your application.

Tracking a Spousal Sponsorship application involves staying informed through the IRCC online portal, email communications, and, if necessary, direct inquiries to IRCC. Ensure that all contact information provided in your application is accurate and up-to-date to receive all correspondence from IRCC. The application process requires patience, as processing times can vary based on many factors, including the volume of applications and the complexity of individual cases.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, always refer to the official IRCC website and consider consulting with a professional if you encounter difficulties or have specific questions about your application.

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