In response to the recent UK government’s ban on allowing students from Nigeria and other foreign countries to bring their families into the country, the Canadian government has approved an extension of work permits for spouses of Nigerian students. The announcement was made on Friday, accompanied by a new initiative aimed at expediting the approval of family reunion applications.
Sean Fraser, the Canadian immigration minister, stated that these measures were implemented to enhance family reunification in Canada. Under the proposed scheme, spouses, children, and parents of recent immigrants will be able to join their loved ones in Canada at a faster pace.
The immigration minister explained that the new strategy employs advanced analytics and technology to process temporary resident visa (TRV) applications for family members of permanent residents and citizens within 30 days. Notably, the procedure has already successfully accepted 98% of TRV applications submitted by spouses and their children, significantly reducing waiting times.