Citizenship and Immigration Canada has launched a pilot project as part of its plan to streamline procedures and improve services to newcomers. As of April 30, 2012, most permanent residents who apply for Permanent Resident Cards no longer need to visit a CIC office; they will instead receive their Permanent Resident Cards by mail.
On March 2, 2012, the Government of Canada announced a regulatory change that now requires sponsored spouses or common-law partners to wait five years from the day that they are granted permanent residence status in Canada before they can sponsor a new spouse or partner. The objective of this regulatory change was to discourage immigration fraud in spouse/common-law partner family class cases.
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