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David Nurse
2016-12-13 17:12
I think that announcement is positive. I think that shortening the guide is certainly useful, and looking at the language again is useful. For in-Canada applications, it's a processing time issue, which you would be well aware of. There's a commitment, I believe, to shorten the average processing of the in-Canada applications from 24 to 12 months, and a dedication of more money and resources to that. I'm cautiously optimistic that will be positive.
There's only one thing I would add. I would encourage IRCC to continue the open work permit program for spouses, because that has alleviated a lot of the financial pressure for spouses who were previously unable to work in Canada while this lengthy process went on.
I still believe that people will need legal advice and consultant advice to navigate the system. Coming to it as a first-timer, even if it's 75 instead 194 pages, is still daunting.
However, overall I would say those improvements are positive.
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