A piece of good news to flavour your weekend!
My Wife's status changed to In Process:
"We started processing [FIRSTNAME LASTNAME]'s application on May 30, 2012."
Our file arrived Damascus on July 15, 2011. It was updated after Friday working hours, so seemingly an employee was working overtime.
So not all of the employees are like Sohrab
On a serious note, my wife was so excited that woke me up after the midnight. I personally think it's not a big deal, as we have people whose status has been updated for a while with no PPR. I guess those are being sponsored are not very concerned about 2 months earlier or later, they just want to make sure if they can get PPR finally or not.
I explained to my wife that as a citizen of canada and sponsor I had no doubt that our case is going to be processed finally. There are some exceptions which take 2 or 3 years, but those are anomalies. My only concern is time. They must process the cases less than 4 months.
Try to take advantage of this delay and prepare yourself for the family life in Canada. More than 50% of the sponsorship cases tend to lead to divorce. Ask and remind yourself if it's too good to be true, perhaps it's not true. If you are a 60 year old guy and sponsoring an 18 year super model from Iran, you may get along, but at least accept that your case is high-risk.
I personally do my best to keep the relationship, but we have not lived together yet, so I am aware of the risks and I prepare myself.
Among my friends who have sponsored their spouses, I have found a common trend. Those come to Canada and get settled in 6 months, usually build a better family. Whether studying or working at pizza store doesn't matter. If your wife or husband stays at home for more than 6 months, most likely you are in trouble.
I would love to hear your experiences and ideas on this.
BTW, based on the new law, the sponsored people should stay married for about 2 years (I'm not sure) to get their permanent residency. If they separate before that, they may be deported. So be careful!