Canada Sponsorship — Police certificate Канада


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Spousal Sponsorship

If you are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, and qualify, you are able to sponsor your loved one from abroad for Permanent Resident status in Canada. Canada’s diverse immigration system accounts for all different types of relationships, including marriage. If you were legally married abroad, so long as the marriage was legal where it took place, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will recognize this union.

Family Unification is the cornerstone of Canada’s immigration system. So long as you can demonstrate the validity of your marriage and the genuineness of the relationship, you can definitely apply for sponsorship.

Spousal Sponsorship

The First step to any sponsorship application is ensuring that you are eligible to sponsor. In order to qualify as a sponsor, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • Agree to provide financial support to the person they are sponsoring.

Changes to Spousal Sponsorship Application

Spousal Sponsorship

As you are aware on December 15, 2020 there have been changes made to applications to sponsor a spouse,common-law or conjugal partner anddependent children to Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made these changes to reduce processing times and help families reunite faster. Also, this change was put into effect to reduce the existing spousal inventories. The changes that have been made does not affect the requirements an applicant has to meet to obtain permanent residency status in Canada. The change is made to help make the application process easier resulting in faster processing times.

Changes to Spousal Sponsorship Application Process

Application Guideline, Kits and Forms have been made easier to use and follow

Application has to be complete and fully documented by the applicant for it to be accepted for processing,

Applications can be linked to online account that will allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to communicate with applicants easier such status on their application or what documents are pending.

Schedule A- background /declaration form is no longer needed to submit upfront. CIC will request it when needed and allows you to submit it either electronically or through paper format within the time frame give.

Medical Exams are no longer needed to submit upfront with your application but you will rather get instructions of when to submit an medical exam

Police Clearance Certificate from the country they are currently in and any other country they have lived in since age of 18

Simplified Sponsorship Kits and Forms

One of the great changes is that the application guideline,kits and forms have made easier to understand and follow. Before there used to be separate applications for spouses,common-law partners,conjugal partners, dependent children and their sponsors but now have been combined into one application package. All applicants whether inside or outside of Canada use the same application package and checklist. Meaning there is no separate application for inland or overseas anymore.

The document checklist has been made more personalized based on who is getting sponsored. The applicants can use one of four checklists to find what out forms and documents they need to submit with their application to get processed.

The 13 overseas document checklists have been combined into a country specific requirement tool which allows applicants to select the country from the drop down list and find out if any additional forms are required or if there are special instructions regarding the documents they will submit as part of their application.

Whether you are sponsoring your spouse from inside or outside of Canada you will only use one webpage on the IRCC website that provides you the links to new forms and tools.

Sponsorship Application has to Complete and Documented

When submitting your sponsorship application for processing the immigration officer checks that the application is complete and has all the supporting documentation. For your application to be processed in a timely manner it is important to ensure your application is complete and has all the necessary supporting documentation to avoid delays.

The first assessment is done by CPC Mississauga and the immigration officer looks for completeness in the application. For the application to be considered complete as the applicant you must ensure you have all the forms completed and signed. This includes any country specific forms based on the applicants’ country of residence. Also, the applicant must ensure they have proof of payment made. If your application misses anything then it will returned back to you as incomplete.

IRCC will return any applications that are incomplete or missing documents required by the checklist.

Immigration officer can still ask for additional documents from the sponsor or applicant at any time until a decision is made on the application.

Applicants are encouraged to Link their application to Online Account

Once your application is considered complete and documented by CPC Mississauga you will get a receipt of acknowledgement and the principal applicant will get a request to create an online account and link their application to their online account within seven calendar days. Applicants that choose not to create an online account can expect longer processing times for their application.

Should you decide to create an online account as the principal applicant and have linked your application to it, you will receive all communication from IRCC through your online account. When linking your application to your online account it will help improve communication with applicants and you will no longer receive communication through email or mail.

Should you decide not to link your application then communication is received through email or mail with the applicant or representative.

Sponsorship Application Schedule A

Under the new spousal sponsorship application process, the Schedule A- Background/Declaration is no longer needed upfront. The Schedule A can now be electronically submitted nd validated if you have an online account. Applicants are given 30 days to upload their validated Schedule A.

If you decide not to create an online account or you do not create an online account within seven calendar days than you will receive communication via email or mail from CPC Mississauga to submit your paper copy of your validated Schedule A within 30 days from the date of the letter.

If you fail to provide the Schedule A whether it is electronically or through paper within the 30 days of the request, your application may potentially be refused by CPC Mississauga for not following instructions.


Spousal Sponsorship Medical Examination

Medical examination no longer have to be taken up front, once your application is submitted for processing you will get instructions from CIC on steps you need to take. The request will either be send through your online account, email or mail depending on your set up. Once you receive the request formedical examination you will have 30 days to complete the examination. If you do not provide the medical examination within 30 days your application can be potentially refused for not meeting medical requirements.

Spousal Sponsorship Police Clearance Certificate

If you are 18 years of age or older you are required to complete a criminal background check to ensure you have not criminal inadmissibility. You are no longer required to submit a Police Certificate upfront when submitting a spousal, common-law, conjugal or dependent child sponsorship application. It is recommended to start the process of obtaining your police clearance because it can take time to get them.

Police Certificate is required in the country you are currently residence of and any other country you have spent most of your adult life in since age of 18. Applicants have 30 days to provide the requested information. If you are unable to get police certificate due to a war, conflict, natural disaster or whatever the reason may be, a written explanation has to be provided by the applicant.

Spousal Sponsorship Eligibility

If you are looking to sponsor your Spouse, you will first need to determine whether you meet the requirements to be a sponsor.

If you want to be a sponsor to your loved-one, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age and older
  • You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or registered Indian
  • You must be sponsoring a member of the Family Class, such as your spouse or common-law partner
  • You must live in Canada, or if you live outside of Canada, you must provide proof that you will live in Canada once the person you are sponsoring becomes a Permanent Resident of Canada
  • You and your spouse or common-law partner must sign an agreement that you understand your obligations and responsibilities
  • You must sign an undertaking that you will provide the basic requirements for your spouse or common-law partner and his or her dependent children
  • You must provide proof that you have sufficient funds to provide the basic requirements for your spouse or common-law partner and his or her dependent children.

You will not be able to sponsor your spouse or common-law partner in the following circumstances:

  • You signed an Undertaking for a previous spouse or common-law partner and three years have not passed since he or she became a Permanent Resident
  • You receive social assistance for a reason other than a disability

Overseas Sponsorship

An Overseas Sponsorship is when you, as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, applies to Sponsor your Foreign National Spouse who is not residing in Canada. The advantage of an Overseas Sponsorship application is that it generally has a faster processing time than an Inland Sponsorship application. The disadvantage of an Overseas Sponsorship is that it will likely be difficult to live together with your Foreign Spouse in Canada until an immigration officer renders a positive decision on your application.

Inland Sponsorship

If you, a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, and your Foreign National Spouse live together in Canada then you will need to Sponsor your Spouse under the Inland Sponsorship application category. In this case, your Foreign Spouse will have temporary status in Canada. Thus, one disadvantage of the Inland Sponsorship category is that your Foreign Spouse will need Temporary Resident status, which can be difficult to obtain in some cases. The Inland Sponsorship route is also a longer process. However, the advantage of the Inland Sponsorship is that the Foreign Spouse may be eligible for an Open Work Permit while your Spousal Sponsorship application is being processed. Thus, your Foreign Spouse will get to work in Canada and the two of you can live together in Canada while you are awaiting a response to your Sponsorship application.

Financial Requirements

When sponsoring your Spouse, Common Law or Conjugal partner, there are no minimum financial requirements. However, this does not mean that your finances will not come into question. Citizenship and Immigration Canada, when reviewing your application, will want to see that you and your spouse or partner are financially stable and will not result to social assistance as a means of financial support. Simply put, just because there is no minimum financial requirement, does not mean that there is no requirement at all.

What You will Need

Citizenship and Immigration Canada recognizes legal marriages from all walks of life. Age differences, arranged marriages etc. So long as the marriage was legal where it occurred, you are eligible. That being said, when it comes to spousal sponsorship, the most important document is of course the marriage certificate. Aside from this, you will need to demonstrate that you are in a bona fide relationship and not one solely for the purposes of immigration. Demonstrating the genuineness of your relationship can be done through documentation like photos, love letters, proof of correspondence etc.

How We Can Help

When sponsoring a member of the Family Class, aside from the basic documentation like your identity documents or status documents, you will need to strongly demonstrate the genuineness of your relationship. You will also need to demonstrate that your marriage was valid and legal when it occurred. Lastly, though there are no specific financial requirements, you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have the funds necessary to comply with your Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking.

We will assist you:

  • Draft the necessary forms;
  • Draft appropriate supporting documentation like employment reference letters, personal statements, reference letters from friends and family;
  • Assist you with gathering important documentation that attests to the genuineness of your relationship;
  • Compile the strongest possible case as per your unique situation;
  • Prepare you for your for any interview should one be requested;
  • Follow up with Citizenship and Immigration Canada on your matter to ensure the fastest possible processing time; and
  • Of course, be with you every step of the way.

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Canada Sponsorship — Police certificate Канада

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RUSSIAN VERSION WAS RECENTLY UPDATED FOR NEW RULES THAT STARTED ON FEBRUARY 2020, PLEASE USE RUSSIAN VERSION.
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Welcome to Sponsor-Canada! Today this is the only web-site on the Internet that provide details and describe complete process of How to sponsor a spouse to Canada. I mean complete immigration process to get the spouse (wife or husband) visa to Canada via Sponsorship.

Although all materials are based on experience of Canadian embassies in Russia (Moscow) and Ukraine (Kiev) , in general it should work for all other countries as well.

Step by step. The process in two words is described in «item 2» below. Details for every step you can find in articles listed in menu on the left. Most of the information is just copy-pasted from other forums — huge thanks to those who shared their experience on several forums for sponsorship (most of forums are in Russian language).

1. Moved yourself — help others.

Authors of the web-site got the problem on their own when prepared documents to sponsor a spouse to Canada to get spouse immigration visa using spouse sponsorship process to Canada. And everybody of us when collected nuggets of information had a thought — «what if get all this together in one place». Because it is not that many things you need to know to sponsor a spouse, but on the official Canadian Immigration and Citizenship pages you can find far-far from everything you need to know. You can find the official web-site on page Official instructions, there are Russian, English and French versions.


When you are filling in Forms to sponsor a spouse your questions begin from such a simple stuff like «Do I need to write apatronimic name in Forms?» [«Patronimic name» used as a middle name and «must have» in most ex-USSR countries] and goes to very important questions — what should I answer to «Provide evidences that your marriage is genuine and continuing». What should I write about? And how many? — one page, ten or five hundred? How many would be «enough» for visa-office (embassy)?

All these and other answers you can find on our web-site. If you can’t find information you need then you can ask a question from our Forum, there is English and Russian sections. Or you can ask your question on a Chemodan (Luggage) forum forum Chemodan (Russian or Ukrainian languages), authors of the web-site visit it often, as well as many other experienced people. There are discussions on many other categories of immigration, not just sponsor immigration to Canada. Many advises on this web-site have been found on the Chemodan forum.

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There is no difference between to sponsor wife to Canada or to sponsor husband to Canada. So if you further see a «sponsor wife» it is same as «sponsor husband». Or better I would use words «sponsor spouse to Canada». Homosexual marriages are also accepted by Canada.

2. Whole process in two words.

    From the moment when first met your future spouse you should collect pictures and other documents as ev >2.а. Additionally for those who have a sponsor from QUEBEC.

Thanks to ove4ka:
If sponsor is living in Quebec then first, as everybody, fill in all forms [SC: there are some difference, see Manual], attach evidences and police+med certificates and send it to Missisauga. After your sponsor is approved you get regular mail letter that he(she) is approved and your File has been forwarded to Moscow(Kiev — depending where sponsored spouse is from), and next step for sponsor be fill in forms to acquire Quebec selection certificate for spouse as a family member of Quebec resident.

Forms are in French as far as I remember, spouse should sign it — we did it as follows: husband filled in everything, scanned and sent via e-mail to me, I have printed it, signed, scanned and sent to husband by e-mail. He collected all together and and sent. In about 2-3 weeks he got Quebec selection certtificate on my name and additional papers.

Quebec itself notifies embassy on his own way that spouse got certificate. You just need in future, when process be completed, to have the original Quebec selection certificate when you be landing in Montreal airport. My husband sent it to me via Exress-Canada Post.

3. General information.

Any person who is a citizen or permanent resident (same as landed immigrant) can marry and sponsor spouse to Canada, sponsor spouse immigration to Canada.

There is a recent change in this condition: if a person been sponsored on itself then this person can not sponsor anybody for five years after immigration.

After the process is completed a sponsored spouse get an immigration visa and right after entering Canada immediately become a permanent resident with all rights. A sponsor is obliged to cover spouse’s expenses for food and housing during first three years after spouse entered Canada.

Примечание, для тех кто подавал заявление (получено в Миссисаге) 25 Октября 2012 года или позднее. Если муж и жена прожили непрерывно вместе меньше, чем два года и у них нет совместных детей, то при въезде в Канаду спонсируемая жена получает «условный» статус постоянного резидента на два года: если они в течении двух лет после въезда разведутся, то у жены могут анулировать статус посоянного резидента и попросить её выехать из Канады. Официальное сообщение здесь.

Spouse sponsorship to Canada is a part of bigger category — Family Class Sponsorship. Sponsoring spouses has a highest priority and got to be reviewed first of all others. Different embassies have a different processing times for the spouse sponsorship. In Moscow its about 6-8 months, in Kiev about 3-4 months. Сроки постоянно меняются — вы можете посмотреть на нашу неофициальную, но живую статистику здесь. But the situation changes and it crucially depends on how good you did your homework to prepare the documents. To help you understand the way how immigration officer is thinking we created «Manual: how to prepare sponsorship package».

There are three version of «spouse» that is accepted by Canada — oficially registered spouse (marriage), common law partner and conjugal partner. Usually you need less evidences of «relationship genuinity» in case if you are oficially married. For the Common Law there is additional required minimum length of relationship — 12 months. So you would have to prove this period. What about «conjugal» Russian version of CIC (Canada Citizenship and Immigration) web-site had a clear instruction — most likely you get rejection.

Sponsor and spouse (husband and wife) fill in Forms, acquire notarized copies of necessary documents (you can find information here), then sponsored spouse get police certificate and pass medical test, they collect evidences to prove their relationship is genuine, pay for the process and then send everything as a single package to Missisauga (Canada, Ontario) into central processing center. This center performs sponsor approval. It takes now three months (July, 2012). Processing times are changing, sometimes become smaller, sometimes bigger — you can check it on Immigration (CIC) web-site. Or you can check our informal page. Then documents are forwarded to the Canadian embassy in the country where sponsored spouse lives.

If your spouse was able to get to Canada, then you can apply to sponsor a spouse «Inside Canada». In this case the application and documents will not be forwarded to embassy (although rumors says they are forwarded anyway). Pros — spouse will live together with sponsor during the whole process. Cons — the application is reviewed by court (its my suggestion) and you can not apply for appelation (personally I doubt this is a serious cons); also the processing time become 12 months for the first part only (there will be second — 6 months to 3 years); high probability for an interview — up to 4-5 hours, a lot details, both sponsor and spouse are been questioned separately and answers compared; spouse most likely can not leave Canada till the end of process — if she travelled out and will not be able travel back then application rejected; spouse can not work, if she study then pays as international student ( 2-3 times more expensive); medical insurance — should be bought for yourself expense (this need confirmation).

Sometimes situation is different: from Forum, thanks Breeze:

From my personal experience and experience of other two girls.
Process time was from 7 to 12 months.
Interview was easy-simple, just for filling in confirmation Form. I have passed it today. The interview took about two minutes, interview questions were: are you still married, do you have children, have you been involved in crime, have you been deported, thats it. There was a croud of about 30 people – everybody been asked the same – all people were in the same room and approached officer one by one. This interview was a sort of «landing», where forms are filled in.
Nobody visited your home [SC: to verify you are really living together].
You do not need «landing» — PR-Card will be sent by mail after the interview.
The only [SC: problem] that you can apply for SIN after you will have recieved PR-Card. [SC: October, 2010]

Among answers to the message there was info about three other couples: they all were waiting about 2 years at that moment, all of them got very complicated double interview. One couple after interview were visited with inspection — are they really living together. [SC: info from 2009]

For applying for a sponsor visa for a spouse to Canada (or spouse with children) there is no formal requirements on minimum income for sponsor. But if sponsor does not work, then you need to show — what money do you have for living.
If spouse is sponsored with children and grand-children then there is a required minimum income.

Spouse can be sponsored (immigrate) with her (his) children. For children younger than 18 you must get permission from their other parent to immigrate to Canada. For children older than 22 [SC: 22 — is formal age, in reality — 18] you msut provide evidence that they are still financially dependent on immigrating spouse. Usually they are students of full-time (day-time) in some college or university. There is no maximum allowed age in official instructions, but it looks like it is 25 years old ( it means the child must be younger than 25 at the moment of submitting the documents to Missisauga).

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Express Entry: Police Certificates Explained

How to get a police certificate for Express Entry immigration to Canada.

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If you are immigrating through one of Canada’s Express Entry -aligned immigration programs, you will be asked to submit police certificates as a part of your final electronic application for permanent residence (eAPR).

Police certificates are a mandatory requirement, and failure to include them can result in your application being rejected. Make sure you understand what’s required for your file, before it’s too late!

This page should answer all your questions about getting a police certificate for Express Entry immigration to Canada.


What is a police certificate?
When will IRCC ask for my police certificate?
What police certificate(s) do I need?
What exactly do I need to submit?
What if I need a “request letter”?
How long is a certificate valid for?
What if I can’t get my police certificate for Express Entry before the deadline?

What is a police certificate?

A police certificate is a document issued by a government authority detailing a person’s history of criminal offenses.

If you have no history of criminal behaviour, you have nothing to worry about as long as you submit the correct documents. If you do have a criminal record with any serious offenses, it could jeopardize your application. Serious criminal offenses can result in an applicant being refused due to criminal inadmissibility .

Depending on the country, police certificates may be called police clearance certificates, good conduct certificates, judicial record extracts, or another name.

When will IRCC ask for my police certificate?

Express Entry is a multi-step process. First, and only if you are eligible for one of the Express Entry-aligned Canadian immigration programs, you must create and submit your Express Entry profile . If your profile has a high enough score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) , you will be selected from the pool and issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. The police certificate will only be requested as part of the final permanent residence application, after the ITA has been received.

After receiving an ITA, you will have 60 days to prepare and submit your PR application. However, it is recommended that you apply for your police certificates in advance of receiving an ITA, even if you don’t necessarily expect to be invited soon; Express Entry draws can throw up a few surprises, such as program-specific draws that have lower a CRS cut-off threshold, so it’s better to have your police certificate(s) ready to submit if or when required, rather than scrambling to meet a deadline. Having your police certificate for Express Entry ready before receiving an ITA is a winning strategy.

What police certificate(s) do I need?

You will require police certificates for any country in which you stayed for six consecutive months. Police certificates are not required for countries in which you stayed prior to the age of 18.

Police certificates are required for the main applicant, as well as any accompanying family members who are 18 years of age, or older. The process for requesting a police certificate varies by country. Please consult IRCC’s webpage to learn the process for each country.

Please note that after submitting your application, IRCC’s immigration officers may request additional police certificates for countries in which you stayed for less than six months. For countries that you’ve stayed in frequently, but never for longer than six months, you may submit a police certificate with your initial application in order to avoid the possible delay of an additional document request.

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What exactly do I need to submit?

In order for a police certificate to be accepted, you must submit a scanned (colour) copy of the original document. Certified true copies and unauthorized copies will not be accepted. As with all Express Entry document requirements, if the police certificate is in a language other than French or English, it must be accompanied by a certified translation in either English or French.

What if I need a “request letter”?

In certain cases, countries will only issue a police certificate if a person has an official letter requesting such a certificate. In this case, simply create and submit to IRCC a document stating “I am applying from a country that requires an official request letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to get a police certificate.” After IRCC confirms the completeness of the rest of your application, they will issue you a request letter and additional time to obtain the outstanding certificates.

How long is a certificate val >

If the certificate is for the country where you currently live, it must have been issued within the six months prior to the date you submit your application. If the certificate is for any other country, the certificate must have been issued after the last time that you stayed in the country for six consecutive months or longer.

What if I can’t get my police certificate for Express Entry before the deadline?

After receiving your ITA, you have 60 days to submit your complete permanent residence application, including your police certificate(s). Some countries will take more than 60 days to issue a police certificate. If you expect you will receive an ITA, you can apply for your police certificate in advance. However, if you are unable to get the police certificate in time, you have two options:

Option 1: You can decline your invitation. Provided your Express Entry profile is less than 12 months old, you will be returned to the pool of candidates and considered in future Express Entry draws . However, there is a risk that you may not be invited to apply in a future draw.

Option 2: You can submit your application, but instead of submitting the outstanding police certificate, you can upload documentation proving the police certificate has been requested (payment receipt, tracking number, etc.) along with a letter of explanation. In this case, IRCC immigration officers may accept these documents as a placeholder until you receive your police certificate. However, this decision is at the discretion of the IRCC officer, who may nonetheless choose to reject your application as incomplete.

If you submit an application without a required police certificate and without any placeholder documentation, then your application will almost certainly be rejected as incomplete.

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All about Canada Spouse Visa or Sponsorship Visa


Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live, work and settle permanently. Federal Government in Canada is known for its lenient immigration policies. In last few years, Canada’s federal immigration department, i.e. IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has not only eased the immigration rules for the people applying for visa under different categories, but also relaxed the regulations and processing time for family reunification and Spouse Visa.

What is Canadian Spouse visa?

Canadian citizens and permanent residents are allowed to sponsor their Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner for Spousal Visa to come to Canada as permanent residents. The spousal visa allows the applicant to come, live and work permanently in Canada, once they are sponsored by their partner in Canada, who is already a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Spousal sponsorship Categories

Here are two main Spousal Sponsorship Categories:

  • Outland Sponsorship: An Outland application is usually applied when the sponsored partner is living outside of Canada.
  • Inland Sponsorship: It is the other route or option for Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship. Inland sponsorship is when the couple is together in Canada and the foreign spouse/common-law partner has temporary status in Canada.

Rules for spouse visa in Canada

You can sponsor your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner if:

  • they are at least 18 years old
  • your relationship is genuine (real) and wasn’t entered into just to get permanent resident status in Canada

If your spouse or common-law partner is applying in the Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada class, they must already co-habit (live) with you in Canada.

Note: A conjugal partner is, in relation to a sponsor, a foreign national residing outside Canada who has been in a conjugal relationship with the sponsor for at least one year. A foreign national residing inside Canada cannot be sponsored as a conjugal partner.

Canadian spousal Visa Rule changes

Here are the recent rule changes regarding Canadian Spouse category visa:

  • Conditional Permanent Residence Rule Removed

Canada government has cancelled the Conditional Permanent Rule that used to make some sponsored spouses or partners in Canada to stay with their sponsoring spouse or common law partner for minimum 2 years.

  • Reduction in family reunification processing time: Canadian Government has reduced the family reunification processing time to 12 months.
  • One application package for all

All the applicants of spousal sponsorship program (both in Canada and overseas) will now be able to use the same application package and checklists. This will reduce the disorder and chaos at the end of both applicants and checking authorities.

  • Customized document checklist

The document checklist has been made more specific and personalized based on the fact as to who is being sponsored. Hence, as an applicant you can choose relevant checklist from the given four checklists to know which document or farm you need to pick and submit.

  • Easier relationship questionnaire

For the ease and better understanding of the applicants, the relationship questionnaire has been shortened. Hence, now you can refer to the questionnaire with fewer questions.

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Canada spouse visa processing time

Well, the processing time of the Canadian Spousal visa depends on the country from where you are applying the same. For example if someone is sponsoring the Spouse or common-law partner living outside Canada, i.e. India, the application may take the processing time of 12 months as per the recent changes rule changes in this regard.

Earlier the average processing time for spouses/common-law partners of Canadian citizens & permanent residents in Canada was about 26 months.

Note: The visa processing times explains as to long Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) usually takes to process applications in the past after receiving a complete application from the applicants. However, the processing times may vary, based on how many applications IRCC receives. Your application may also be delayed if it is not complete.

Canada spouse visa requirements (documents)


You can become a sponsor if you:

  • Are minimum18 years old
  • Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident living in Canada
  • Are able to prove that you are not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability,
  • Can provide for the basic needs of any person you are sponsoring (and in some limited situations, that you meet the low-income cut-off).

Documents required for Sponsored person

  • You need to Provide certified translations if your documents are not in English or French.
  • Proof of relationship to sponsor
  • Need of Police certificates

As an applicant, you need to only submit the police certificate from

    • The country your presently live
    • The country where you have spent most of grown-up or adult life, since you were 18 (In case it is different from the country where you live at now)
    • The police certificates will only be asked when required.
  • Requirement of Medical exam: The medical exams are not required to be submitted up front with the application. Rather, the applicants will receive the instructions from IRCC, as to when they need to submit the medical exams.
  • Check your country requirements and according submit the documents required
  • Other documents required for the spousal visa sponsorship
  • 2 photographs with accompanying family member

Documents required for Sponsor

  • If you are permanent resident of Canada, provide photocopy of your Permanent resident card (both sides)
  • If you are a citizen of Canada provide photocopy of Canadian citizenship certificate or card (both sides)
  • Submit a copy of your country status card. For example if you are an Indian submit copy of your Indian status card
  • Letter from the employer in Canada confirming details of employment, salary, regular hours per week, etc. along with income proof issued by CRA
  • Identity documents, travel documents and passport
  • Civil status documents, i.e. Current relationship, previous relationship,
  • Other documents required for the spousal visa sponsorship
  • 2 photographs with accompanying family member

Is IELTS required for Canada spouse visa?


Well, IELTS is not required for Canada spouse visa, however, if you are spouse or partner is added in your Canada PR application via express entry, etc. you can get points for adding your partners IELTS score.

How to apply Canadian spouse visa?

The spousal sponsorship application process can be divided in two steps:

  • The Canadian citizen or permanent resident applies to sponsor his or her spouse or common-law partner
  • The spouse or common-law partner applies for permanent residence.

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Spousal Sponsorship Canada

Spousal Sponsorship

Spousal immigration is an important aspect of Canadian immigration and thousands of people apply under this category every year. If you have a spouse who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, he/she can sponsor you to immigrate to Canada under certain conditions. This is a useful program for those people who cannot qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker or the Canadian Experience Class. Moreover, the applicant doesn’t have to meet strict policies as it would have to meet under the skilled worker programs. However, the sponsor must meet the eligibility criteria to be able to sponsor the spouse.

Are There Any Complications In Spousal Sponsorship Programs?

As with Federal Skilled Worker programs, spousal immigration program is also under heavy influx of applications. As a result, the applicants are experiencing long delays, and in some cases refusals. There are quite many reasons: Many sponsors don’t qualify easily for the program as there are rigid eligibility criteria for the sponsor. Others find it difficult to prepare an appropriate application.

Changes to Spousal Sponsorship application in December 2020

Sponsoring Spouse to Canada

On December 15, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made some changes to spousal sponsorship application in order to reduce processing times. Spousal Sponsorship program is part of the Family Class immigration. Under this program a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident can sponsor their spouse, common-law or conjugal partner to Canada for permanent residency options. In 2015, over 70,000 applicants applied through Spousal Sponsorship program but only 48,000 applications were processed that year due receiving more applications than expected. This increase delayed processing times and therefore applicants have no choice but wait for their application being reviewed. So if you submitted an inland application the expected wait time was approximately 26 months and 18 months for an overseas application. The minister of IRCC John McCallum noticed this problem and announced that Canadians should not be apart from their loved ones for long periods of time and therefore processing times have now been reduced to 12 months. What this means anyone with a sponsorship application already in the system will receive a decision on their case by December 2020 at the latest and about 80 percent of the new applications will be processed within 12 month time frame.

Spousal Sponsorship Changes


Inland and Overseas application have been combined as one application package, meaning you no longer have to apply separately. Both inland and overseas sponsorship applications use the same application package and checklist.

A new basic guide has been created that helps clients through the application process. This guide summarizes the application process and simplifies the process of the application by providing step by step instructions of what they need to do to apply.

The document checklist has been made more personalized meaning the applicants can use one of four checklists to find out which forms and documents they need to submit.

The relationship questionnaire has been simplified meaning there are fewer questions and the questions have been made easier to understand.

Applicants no longer require to submit an medical exam up front, the applicant will be informed of instructions when medical exam is needed. Once you get the medical exam instructions you have 30 days to complete it. Upfront medical examination or no longer needed so just wait until you get instructions and complete the instructions within the deadline.

Applicants need to provide police certificates only from country they are currently living in and the country in which they have spent most of their adult life since the age of 18.

Other clearances will be requested if needed

The person that is being sponsored can now access more of their information through their online account. Through the account the sponsor can send additional documents as requested by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) get the latest up status on their application and receive messages through their online account.

Spousal Sponsorship Comparison Old versus New applications

December 2015 Spousal Application OLD

December 2020 Applications NEW & Approved

2 applications (separate for inland & overseas applications

1 application (everyone uses same application)

180 pages of guide (separate for inland and overseas)

1 guide that has 75 pages

14 guides and checklist

3 relationship questionnaires, 1 sponsorship evaluation form

1 relationship questionnaire, 1 sponsorship form

Upfront medical and police certificates

Will be requested later in the process

Processing times up 26 months

12 months applications

How am I affected by the changes in the Spousal Sponsorship Application?

If you applied for Spousal Sponsorship before December 15, 2020

If you have applied for spousal sponsorship application before December 15, 2020 you are not affected by the new change and therefore you do not need to reapply. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has made a commitment to receiving a decision by end of December 2020 for about 80 percent of the applications received. The applications are processed in order they are received. To assist CIC with processing your applications faster ensure your file is up to date and linking your application to your online application. When you do this CIC is able to communicate with you if there is anything else needed or any updates on your application.

If you applied for Spousal Sponsorship between December 15, 2020, and January 31, 2020

If you applied for spousal sponsorship between December 15, 2020 and January 31, 2020 you can either use the new application package posted on the government website or the old application package. The goal of CIC is to process 80 percent of the applications that were submitted on or after December 15, 2020 and get a decision within 12 months of the application received.

If you applied for Spousal Sponsorship application after January 31, 2020

If you applied for Spousal Sponsorship application after January 31, 2020 then you would have to use the new application package on the CIC website. So make sure you do not use the old package as they will no longer be accepted.

Spousal Sponsorship Reducing the Backlog

As large number of applications began to pile up in immigration office, the government of Canada decided to take some necessary measures to reduce it. This backlog was not only causing delays to existing applications but was also debilitating the government’s capacity to attract potential new applicants. Along with many other immigration programs, the spousal sponsorship program also saw important changes. Generally, the assessment process became more stringent and only after a long and thorough scrutiny process, do the applications reach a decision. This takes a lot of time.

Factors to Consider when Preparing an Application as a Sponsor

The following is a list of important aspects that must be considered by a sponsor before preparing an application. Many cases get rejected because they fail to comply with one of the following requirements or fail to submit sufficient proof to support their case. It is important that you consider these factors before applying to immigrate to Canada.

Were You Yourself Sponsored a Few Years Ago?

If you wish you sponsor your spouse, and you were yourself sponsored by a permanent resident in Canada a few years ago, it is legally possible. However, according to the latest requirement, you must wait for at least five years before you can sponsor your spouse. The time starts after you have received your permanent residence.


Are You a Established Resident in Canada?

The government of Canada has been experiencing cases where people immigrate to Canada and then due to lack of financial resources, they turn to the government and other private organizations for support. To ensure that the sponsor is able to support the immigrant financially, the spousal sponsorship program obligates the sponsor to take the whole and sole responsibility of the immigrant. He/she must support the immigrant financially and must meet his/her living requirements.

Before preparing your application, you must provide proof that you have sufficient funds and/or income sources to not only support yourself and your dependents, but to also support the sponsored immigrant. It is important to keep in mind that if you have taken loans in the past or have defaulted on any of them, you may have to provide additional proofs that your circumstances have changed and now you are in a state to support the immigrant.

Have you Previously Sponsored a Relative?

Your history matters a lot when you are applying under the spousal sponsorship immigration. The government of Canada is interested to know how you have been in paying your credits or supporting an invited immigrant in the past, when you are applying to immigrate to Canada. If you have sponsored a relative in the past and were not able to meet his/her requirements as promised, this is a red sign for you. You must prove that your circumstances were different then and must provide documents that prove your current financial standing.

Responsibilities for Sponsor and Applicant

For all sponsorship applications, sponsors must:

  • Ensure that they meet sponsorship criteria and eligibility requirements and are sponsoring a relative that is a member of the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class,
  • Complete the undertaking and the sponsorship agreement,
  • Respond to the self-declaration schedules related to sponsorship eligibility and their relationship with sponsored persons, including the length of the relationship,
  • Include bank or HPM receipt for payment of all applicable fees
  • State whether application should be discontinued if sponsorship requirements are not met,
  • Submit correctly completed and signed sponsorship and permanent residence application forms, with all required schedules and all required supporting documents to the CPC-V.

Spousal Sponsorship Roles and responsibilities of the CPC-V

  • Review both the sponsorship and permanent residence applications to ensure that they are correctly completed and signed and contain the minimum requirements stipulated in the Regulations,
  • Ensures that the application includes proof of payment of applicable fees at a Canadian bank. Fees include:
    • sponsorship processing fee (non-refundable);
    • application processing fee for each person included in the application (refundable in certain circumstances); and
    • Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) (may be deferred, or is refundable if permanent residence not received).
  • Processes the sponsorship application and assesses sponsors against sponsorship criteria and eligibility requirements including reviewing the application against the spousal policy criteria as needed,
  • Processes the application for permanent residence and assesses the applicant against eligibility requirements, including reviewing the application against the spousal policy criteria as needed;
  • Refuse the application or grants «approval in principle» based on sponsorship eligibility requirements,
  • Requests admissibility assessment for family members residing overseas from appropriate visa office, providing visa office with a copy of the application listing the names and addresses of these individuals,
  • Initiate request for background/security checks for applicant and in-Canada dependent children through an electronic download of required information with appropriate policing authority,
  • Refer to local CIC any cases requiring in depth investigation,
  • Completes admissibility checks (i.e. medical, security and background) and updates electronic record in FOSS. Once these updates are completed in FOSS, the local CIC will contact the applicant for a permanent residence interview and complete the permanent residence process
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Assessing Relationship Types

Relationship Evidence:
Spouse Documentary evidence can include:
a marriage certificate;
• proof of divorce if either the applicant or spouse was previously married;
and
• evidence that the applicant lives with the sponsor, e.g., mortgage, lease,
other documents showing the same address for both.
Evidence may also include:
• wedding invitations and photos; and
• documents from other institutions or other government authorities, such as
the Canada Revenue Agency, indicating a marital relationship.
Common-law In the case of a common-law partner, documentary evidence should include:
partner • a statutory declaration of common-law relationship (included in the
application package);
• proof of separation from a former spouse if either the sponsor or the
applicant were previously married; and
• evidence that they have been living together for at least one year (e.g.
documents showing the same address for both).
Evidence may also include:
• documents from other institutions or other government authorities, such as
the Canada Revenue Agency, indicating a marital or common-law
relationship;
• documents indicating joint ownership of property (mortgages, leases);
• joint bank accounts; and
insurance policies.
Cohabitation One of the eligibility criteria in R124 is cohabitation with the sponsor in Canada.
Documents provided as proof of the relationship should also establish that the
spouse or common-law partner and the sponsor are living together. If this is not
clear from the evidence available, the CPC-V should request further documents
or refer to a CIC for an interview (see sample letter in Appendix F – Invitation to
Examination Interview).
Persons who are not cohabiting with their sponsor at the time CIC seeks to
grant permanent residence (persons who have been removed or who have left
Canada voluntarily), are not eligible to be granted permanent residence in the
Spouse or common-law partner class and may apply in the family class
(overseas).

Still Confused about Spousal Sponsorship?

There are many other requirements as well. To be sure that you are moving on the right path, you must consult an immigration consultant. We have helped many people who wanted to immigrate to Canada under the spousal immigration program. We can help you too. All you need to do is make a call and we can take it from there. We’ll arrange an appointment for you and a dedicated representative will discuss your matter. This experienced person will stay by your side throughout the process and will keep you informed about your application status.

We can Help You With your Spousal Sponsorship Application!

We have dealt with hundreds of Spousal Sponsorship application cases. We have helped our clients in their difficult situations and have guided them to draft a more effective application. We can help you draft your application and arrange the required documents. A well-planned and complete application will increase your likelihood of acceptance and will save your from hassle.

If you are worried about the legal fees, don’t be! Our goal is to help everyone that is interested in immigrating to Canada. Contact us and we can provide numerous options for you. You can also purchase our very affordable Do it Yourself Immigration Kit which details everything for you. If you are still not sure, feel free to get back to us. We will review your case before you submit it to give you the best possible outcome.

Many changes have been made to the sponsorship applications to reduce processing times and have family members reunited faster. As simplified the process has been made it is still recommended to hire an immigration expert to assist you with application process. Many clients still tend to make errors on their application that could potentially harm the decision on their application. To avoid delays or refusals on your application then contact Akrami & Associates for the best possible outcome. Akrami & Associates has submitted many successful sponsorship application and we can help you too! Contact us today at 416-477-2545 to get your application started today.

Police Certificates (PCs)

Police Certificates (PCs)

Police Certificates (PCs) form part of a complete application. Therefore, applicants, their spouse or common-law partners and their dependent children (aged 18 years or older), including non-accompanying dependents, would need to submit valid Police Certificates (PCs). The Police Certificates (PCs) would need to be from all countries or territories in which they have lived for six successive months or more, since the age of 18 years. They would need to submit this for all countries or territories except Canada.

Police Certificates (PCs) usually have a validity of one year from the date of issue. However, the applicants would need to ensure that the authorities issue the Police Certificates (PCs) no more than three months prior to when the applicants provide the Police Certificates (PCs) to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as part of their electronic Applications for Permanent Residence (e-APRs).

As mentioned earlier, applicants have the ability to refer to the personalised document checklist in their MyCIC accounts. However, they would need to note that the system does not prompt applicants for individual Police Certificates (PCs) based on their declared residence and travel history.


Instead, the applicants would need to determine the Police Certificates (PCs) that they need to submit as part of their applications. Thereafter, they would need to compile the Police Certificates (PCs) into a single file. After this, they would need to upload this file as a single supporting document.

Applicants might need some tips on identifying how they could obtain Police Certificates (PCs). For this, they would need to refer to the website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for more details.

Note:

  • This includes the requirement for the applicant to provide Police Certificates (PCs) for countries in which the applicant has travelled for six months or more
  • This is applicable regardless of whether or not the applicant had an established residential address during this time

Source: Citizenship and Immigration

Police Clearance Certificates for Express Entry Invitation to Apply Application

Anyone applying for permanent residence in Canada through Express Entry who has received an invitation to apply (ITA), must show police clearance certificates in order to submit a complete application.

REMINDER: HOW EXPRESS ENTRY WORKS

Candidates who are eligible for one of the programs under Express Entry can submit a profile to the Express Entry pool. Their profile is assigned a CRS score, and the highest-ranking candidates are periodically issued invitations to apply for permanent residence. Once candidates who receive an ITA submit an application for permanent residence through Express Entry, their application is usually processed within six months.

Once you receive an ITA, you only have 90 days to gather all the required documents to complete your application for permanent residence. One of the documents that you’ll need is the police clearance certificate.

Applicants are required to show a police clearance certificate for themselves, as well as any immediate family members who are above the age of 18, whether they are accompanying you or not. You, and each applicable family member, need to show a police clearance certificate for each country or region where you have spent time for at least six months since the age of 18.

What is a Police Clearance Certificate?

A police clearance certificate is a document that attests to any criminal activity. For Canadian immigration purposes, it is proof that you have not been involved in any criminal activity and that you do not have a criminal record that could impact your admissibility to the country.

A police clearance certificate will be different in each territory or country and may be known by various names including:

  • Police clearance certificates
  • Judicial record extracts
  • Good conduct certificate

When Should I Get a Police Clearance Certificate?

Police clearance certificates are valid for one year from the date they were issued. However, police clearance certificates from the country in which you currently reside have to have been issued within six months from when you submit your application for permanent residence.

Police clearance certificates from countries that you no longer reside in have to have been issued after you left the country for the last time.

Since police clearance certificates have a pretty short validity period, we usually recommend to our clients that they wait until they receive an ITA before applying for all applicable police clearance certificates.

If it takes longer than 90 days to process your application for a police clearance certificate, don’t worry. You can apply for an extension from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as long as you can demonstrate that you have applied for the missing police clearance certificate.

Which Countries Should I Show a Certificate For?

You need to show a police clearance certificate for any country that you have lived in for six or more months.

IMMIGRATION TIP

If the total amount of time you have spent in any country since turning 18 is six months or more, you will need a police clearance certificate from that country, even if your time in that country happened in small instalments over a long period of time, and even if you never had a fixed address in that country.

For example, if you visited, worked or lived in any country for two months, and then left the country for a few years, then returned for four months, this will still count as having spent six months there. You would therefore require a police clearance certificate from that country.

It is important to note that if the police clearance certificate is in a language other than English or French, then you must include a translation done by a certified translator.

How to Get a Police Clearance Certificate?

The process for obtaining a police clearance certificate may vary depending on the country or region. Usually, the most common way to get one is to get in touch with local police or government and request the certificate.

Applicants are usually required to provide information including photographs, fingerprints, addresses, dates you lived in a particular country or territory, and a processing fee.

If you have lived in a country or territory that has now changed its name or status, then the police clearance certificate must come from the present day national authorities of the country.

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Canada Sponsorship — Police certificate Канада

Canadian immigration has made Canada one of the most multicultural countries in the world. In fact, approximately 22% of Canada’s 37 million residents (i.e., one out of every five people) are foreign-born. Canada’s diverse population has contributed to Canadians having a generally favorable attitude toward people who move to Canada, which helps to make newcomers to the country feel welcomed. After all, many Canadians are themselves immigrants or have family, friends, neighbors or work colleagues who were born outside of Canada. Simply walk the streets of Toronto or many other Canadian cities or towns and you are likely to see people and hear languages from a variety of Earth’s regions and cultures. With around 300,000 individuals from around the globe being approved for Canadian immigration each year, Canada is likely to become even more cosmopolitan in the years to come. Canada is also expected to remain one of the world’s top immigration destinations for the foreseeable future.

There are several reasons why Canadian immigration is so popular. A key motivation to move to Canada is to find Canadian employment during a time in history when skilled foreign workers are in high-demand due to an ongoing labor shortage in the country. Canada also has one of the world’s highest standards of living and is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. Another incentive to immigrate to Canada is that the Canadian government views immigrants as an important asset for the country, has pro-immigration policies and has created several Canadian immigration programs, each of which has its own unique eligibility requirements.

Canadian Visa Criteria

Whatever your reasons, you will need to meet the eligibility requirements for a specific Canadian immigration program before you can be issued a visa to Canada. Each Canadian immigration program has its own unique eligibility requirements, but there are also several Canadian visa criteria shared in common.

Common Canadian visa criteria include the following:

  • You must be at least 18-years-old to apply
  • You must have good health (a medical exam may be required)
  • You must be a person of good character (a police certificate may be required)
  • You must have satisfactory English or French language skills (a language evaluation exam may be required)
  • You must pay the governmental fee(s)
  • You must possess a valid passport or other authorized travel document

In addition to these common requirements, there are also unique eligibility criteria for the various Canadian immigration programs. Some Canadian visa programs are designed for “economic immigrants” who have the education, work experience, English or French language skills, and other criteria needed by employers to fill various jobs in Canada. Examples include the points-based Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP); the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP); and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Skilled foreign workers (i.e., “economic immigrants”) who meet the eligibility requirements for the FSWP, FSTP or the PNP may also qualify for Express Entry to Canada. Other Canadian visa programs are not intended for skilled foreign workers, but rather have the purpose of reuniting families so they can live in Canada together (the Family Sponsorship Program is an example).

Since there are several Canadian immigration programs available, and they each have common as well as different eligibility requirements, it can be a challenge to determine which particular Canadian visa program one should apply for or to know whether one is likely to meet the eligibility criteria. Our experienced Immigration Consultants that we work with can use their expertise to examine your details and inform you about your best Canadian visa option. If you are qualified to apply for a specific Canadian immigration program, they can also simplify the procedure for you, explain exactly what needs to be done, make sure your forms are completed and submitted correctly, and answer your questions during the procedure. To find out if you are likely to meet the eligibility requirements to apply for Canadian immigration, click here!

Sponsorship of immigration to Canada

If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and at least 18 years old, you can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada for living, study and work under Family Class.

The list of persons who may be sponsored includes the following:

  • spouses, common-law partners, and conjugal partners;
  • dependent children;
  • children intended for adoption;
  • parents, grandparents, and their dependent children;
  • brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, and grandchildren who are orphaned, under 18 years old, and not married or in common-law relationship;
  • any relative, if the sponsor is alone in Canada and has none of the above family members to sponsor.

Family class immigration involves sponsorship by a qualifying individual – the sponsor. Current immigration regulations also provide the list of restrictions that bar potential sponsor from sponsorship. A successful sponsorship includes many elements, but hinges on the relationship of the permanent resident applicant (sponsored person) to the sponsor. Generally, sponsors must show that they have financial means to provide for all their family members, including those already residing in Canada and those they intend to sponsor. The minimum necessary income requirement is published annually by Statistics Canada in low income cut-off (LICO) levels. The LICO financial obligations do not apply to all relatives.

Book a consultation to check if you qualify as a sponsor.

In agreeing to enter into a sponsorship relationship, the sponsor makes a legal commitment to provide the basic living expenses of the family member being sponsored – called an undertaking – for a prescribed period of time:

  • sponsoring spouses, common-law partners, and conjugal partners (3 years of undertaking);
  • dependent children under 22 when become PR (10 years of undertaking or the day the child reaches the age of 25, whichever first);
  • dependent children 22 years or older when become PR (3 years of undertaking);
  • parents/grandparents and accompanying dependents (20 years of undertaking);
  • any other relative (10 years of undertaking).

Our services

  1. Assistance in determining of compliance with requirements to sponsors
  2. Documents package preparation for Sponsorship Application: assistance in collecting required documents, building the evidence base for proving sponsor-sponsored person relationship, completing necessary sponsor and immigration forms
  3. Effective communication with immigration authorities on behalf of the client
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