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On Friday, the Canadian government introduced a new policy aimed at expediting the approval of family reunification applications. This development follows the recent decision by the UK government to prohibit students from Nigeria and other foreign countries on study visas from bringing their families into the country.

Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, in announcing the development, explained that the new measures were implemented to enhance and streamline family reunification processes in Canada.

According to PG’s report, the new system will facilitate a quicker process for spouses, children, and parents of recent immigrants to join their loved ones in Canada.

The immigration minister highlighted that the new policy leverages advanced analytics and technology to process Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) applications for family members of permanent residents and citizens within a 30-day timeframe.

Fraser added that the method had accepted far in advance 98 per cent of TRV applications from spouses and their children.

The immigration minister also announced a new programme that will grant open work permits to spouse applicants and their dependant children, regardless of whether they applied under the Family class as an overseas applicant or as an applicant for a spouse or common-law partner in Canada.

As of January 2024, a new policy announced by the British government on Tuesday aims to curtail migration, prohibiting Nigerians and other foreign citizens with study visas to the United Kingdom from bringing in their families.

Under the new policy, starting in January of next year, only a limited percentage of international students studying in the UK will be allowed to bring their partners or children with them, marking a significant reduction in family reunification opportunities.

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