In observation of apps filed lately, it seems to be taking right around a whole month for processing.
We sent our app Jan 3, a decision was made Feb 3 (and e-CAS was available showing that on Feb 6, letter received Feb 9th).
If you sent the app in on Jan 18, don't start to fret until you haven't heard anything by the end of February.
It looks like you may have been delayed as you are not a routine case or you could well be rejected on the terms that you are unemployed and receive money FROM your husband. The whole point of being a sponsor is that for 3 years your obligations are to provide lodging, care and support for the person you want to sponsor. If you are unemployed and receiving money from your husband you may not be elligible.
That's blatantly incorrect. As a spousal application, they don't evaluate income -- but they do want to see that you're a good "credit risk". If you are surviving with no income (and without gov't assistance), they don't care. I know of several people who showed almost no income (WELL below the poverty line) and were still approved promptly.
Your obligation is not to provide the basic needs of the applicant -- your obligation is to ensure the government isn't responsible for paying for these needs. The permanent resident is required (per the sponsorship agreement) to try to provide for themselves as much as possible.
Option C is not just about taxes i dont think, it also shows any kind of income you have received in that tax year. You should have provided an up to date one which may show nothing but that's what they will have wanted to see. Everything they ask for is for the past year. 2006 tax year was almost 5 years ago, they won't care about that. It's only a 5 minute phonecall to request an option c and you get it a few days later.
The Option C is supposedly a printout not too different from the Notice of Assessment. It's a summary of income, taxes paid and obligations due. It would include any note of unresolved bankruptcy.
The wire transfers she's received from her husband are unlikely to be reported as income.
You're right that it's an easy to request thing. However, your assumption is based on two things: 1. that the individual requesting it is up-to-date with their tax filing and 2. that CRA is caught up with said filings.
For the record, since she's filed 2006 taxes, she is only 3 years behind -- not "almost 5". The 2010 filing deadline isn't until the end of April 2011, and employers aren't required to have documents to their employees until the end of February 2011.
Don't fret about the lack of an Option C. My sponsorship (along with several others in this forum) was approved with nothing more than a good explanation of why it wasn't included -- meeting the checklist requirement. I suspect if it weren't a spousal app and you had to prove a certain earnings level, you would need the Option C for sure...