Ottawa sped up its processing of spousal sponsorship applications at the end of last year - but advocates say a lot more still needs to be done.

Misha Pelletier, spokesperson for Spousal Sponsorship Advocates, says a lot of applicants under the spousal sponsorship program for permanent residency in Canada are still seeing delays of as much as much as 34 months.

"People still need to submit their applications paper-based and still need to send their passports in the mail, so there's room for loss. There's room for error," says Pelletier.

Not everyone agrees the processing times are so long.

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