we have small updates too
we sent email to Amman VO a few weeks ago and got a reply which i'll post it here (it took them around 2 weeks to reply):
This is in response your inquiry regarding your Spouse sponsorship application # Fxxxxxxxxx
Your spouse's application has been forwarded to our office for processing. Due to the closure of the visa office in Damascus and the time it took to set up a permanent resident visa application in Amman, the processing times for Family Class applications is taking longer than the processing standards.
Currently, we are processing cases submitted in March and April 2011. Your spouse's application was received on Jan 31, 2012. We will contact you once we are ready to finalize the case.
Visa Section | Section des Visas
Embassy of Canada | Ambassade du Canada
Amman, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan | Royaume Hachémite de Jordanie
P.O.Box | B.P.. 815403
Amman 11180 Jordan | Jordanie
Facsimile | Télécopieur : (+962-6) 520-3392
E-mail | Courriel: amman.immigration @ international.gc.ca
Web site | site Web: www.amman.gc.ca
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
so yeah it's a general email but at least now i know for sure our application is there; just a note this is the first email we sent; we had to send some updates and with that of course we ask a time estimate anything just to get a reply
also the email was sent from the applicant side (i don't think they answer inquiries made by the sponsor; so make sure u email them as the applicant from the applicant email)
so yeah it looks that what the others said that they work on appl received on jan-feb-mar 2011 is confirmed in this email also; so for those waiting since then or before start packing
ur moment of glory is very close
also i don't want to give high hopes to anyone but from the way the officer wrote us they consider the day when we applied not when the file is transfered (we applied in jan 2012 but the file was transfered at the end of april); so hope the so long time during stage 1 is not lost and would b considered somehow
have a nice day!!