Effective July 8, 2016, processing times for family reunification applications by third country (non-European Union, non-European Economic Area, and non-Swiss) family members of third country nationals has been extended.  The maximum processing time of 12 months (the current 6 months + two possible 3-month extensions for complex files) is now a maximum processing time of 15 months (9 months + two possible 3-month extensions for complex files).

The new processing time is effective immediately and also applies to pending applications that were filed before July 8th.  The increased processing time is due to the increasing workload of the federal immigration office.  It will not, however, have a huge effect on family reunification applications by family members of work permit holders.  These applications are in principle prioritized.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.