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Outland Spousal Sponsorship - Sponsor Your Spouse to Canada

Spousal sponsorship is a government program that provides sponsorship for the spouse of a permanent resident or citizen. It can provide the opportunity to immigrate to Canada and become a Canadian citizen.

The common-law/spousal sponsorship Canada immigration program is a part of the Family Class category, through which Canada welcomes a substantial number of new permanent residents annually.

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The Canadian spousal sponsorship allows you to sponsor your spouse, conjugal partner, or common-law partner for permanent residency in Canada.

quick facts

  • Processing time: 12 - 27 months

  • Fees: C$1135.00

  • Outland Sponsorship - Sponsor your partner who is outside Canada

  • Minimum age of sponsor: 18 years

  • Sponsor must be Canadian citizen of Permanent Resident

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Outland Spousal Sponsorship

What is Outland Sponsorship Canadian Immigration?

Outland sponsorship enables Canadian spouses or partners to sponsor foreign persons living abroad for permanent residence (PR) status in Canada. The process for outland spousal sponsorship is different from the inland process, which calls for the couple to reside together in Canada.

If you are unable to submit an application for spousal sponsorship from within Canada, outland sponsorship might be your best choice. In other words, Outland sponsorship is probably your only choice if your loved one is not legally residing in Canada at the time of application.

Candidates from Canada may also use the Outland sponsorship route. Travel to and from Canada is permitted while the application process is ongoing, and it might be the best choice for people whose jobs or personal circumstances depend on their ability to enter and exit the country.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada must approve both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident and the foreign national for the sponsored person to get a Canadian PR visa through Outland sponsorship (IRCC). 

Who can apply for outland spousal sponsorship?

To sponsor a loved one under the Outland application category, both the sponsor and the sponsored person must meet a number of specific requirements, such as:

  1. The sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

  2. The sponsor and the person being sponsored must both be at least 18 years old.

  3. The sponsor and the person being sponsored must have one of the following relationships:

    • spouse: you are legally married, and your marriage is valid under the law of the place where it was registered and under Canadian law;

    • Common-law means that you and your partner have lived together in a marriage-like relationship for at least 12 months in a row.

    • conjugal partnership: You've been in a steady, committed relationship for at least a year, but you can't live together because of a big law or something you can't change, like being married or not being able to get into the country.

  4. The sponsor can't have sponsored a spouse in Canada in the five years before the application.

  5. Neither of the spouses can be in jail, charged with a serious crime, or bankrupt.

 

If you are in a conjugal relationship, you will need to fill out an application for Outland sponsorship as you would not be eligible for an inland sponsorship application.

Steps to apply for a outland spousal sponsorship application

  • Step 1: Obtain the correct application package; it includes a guide with instructions and forms that will help you complete the process correctly.

  • Step 2: Pay all required application fees online.

  • Step 3: Complete and sign all required forms. Be sure to check whether additional country-specific forms are required depending on your spouse or partner's country of residence.

  • Step 4: Send your application to the right visa office and mailing address in Canada by following the instructions provided in the guide you downloaded. 

 

If you the sponsor are inside Canada, you can also submit the application online.

Steps to apply for Spousal Sponsorship application to Canada

Applying to sponsor a spouse is a four-step process:

Step 1. Obtain the application package found on the government website; it contains a guide with instructions and forms that will help you complete the process correctly.

Step 2. Pay the online application fee, which includes the following:

  • Processing fees for all persons included in the application;

  • Right of Permanent Residence Fee;

  • Biometrics fees;

  • Other third-party fees, if applicable.

 

Step 3. Submit your application by following the submission instructions provided in the guide you downloaded.

 

Step 4. Submit the required supporting documents when prompted.

On what grounds can my Spousal Sponsorship application to Canada be refused?

Always remember that the burden of proof lies with the applicant. The immigration department of Canada will make a decision on proof that they find genuine and authentic. If for any reasons, an assessing officer doubts that you marriage is purely a marriage of convenience, your application will be denied.

Here are some of the main reasons why your application could be refused:

  1. You did not provide enough proof of relationship to prove it is legitimate;

  2. There were errors in the Canadian spousal sponsorship forms;

  3. There was a misrepresentation of facts presented in your application;

  4. You are unable to meet basic requirements for spousal sponsorship;

  5. You or your partner are inadmissible due to a conviction or pose a risk to Canadian society.

How can I prove that my marriage/relationship is genuine?

 

If you are sponsoring your spouse, then the following proof of your relationship will be required:

  • Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation questionnaire

  • Marriage certificate (see common-law if you are not married)

  • Wedding invitations and photos

  • Birth certificates or adoption records for any children you and your spouse have together

  • Proof of registration of marriage with a government authority

 

And at least two of the following documents:

  • Proof that you and your spouse own property together

  • Shared bank accounts, 

  • Utility bills with both of your names, 

  • Copies of government-issued IDs, 

  • Car insurance, 

  • Pay stubs or tax forms that show that you live at the same address

A work permit is a legal document that lets a person who is not a Canadian citizen work in Canada. About half a million work permits are given to temporary foreign workers from all over the world every year.

Many people from other countries move to Canada in search of better job prospects. If you want to move to Canada permanently, getting a job there is a great first step.

The process of acquiring a work permit in Canada can be done in a variety of different ways. Work permits can be broken down into three categories: those that require a job offer from a Canadian employer; those that require an employer to submit a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA); and those that require the applicant to have some kind of connection to Canada (previous education, spousal sponsorship, etc.).

Sponsor your Dependent Child(ren)

You can sponsor your dependent children, whether natural or adopted, to live with you as permanent residents in Canada.

 

Children must meet the following definition of a dependent child to be eligible for sponsorship:

  • A child is considered a dependent if he or she is not married or in a common-law relationship and is under 22 years of age.

  • If a child is over 22 years of age, they may be considered a dependent if they have a physical or mental condition that prevents them from being able to support themselves.

 

To be eligible under this program, you:

  • and your child abroad must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to receive a visa,

  • must prove your relationship with the child you are sponsoring, either by a birth or adoption certificate.

A work permit is a legal document that lets a person who is not a Canadian citizen work in Canada. About half a million work permits are given to temporary foreign workers from all over the world every year.

Many people from other countries move to Canada in search of better job prospects. If you want to move to Canada permanently, getting a job there is a great first step.

The process of acquiring a work permit in Canada can be done in a variety of different ways. Work permits can be broken down into three categories: those that require a job offer from a Canadian employer; those that require an employer to submit a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA); and those that require the applicant to have some kind of connection to Canada (previous education, spousal sponsorship, etc.).

Need help in applying for Outland Spousal Sponsorship? Hire an authorized paid representative.

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Hiring a representative is not required, but it can be helpful, especially if you're not familiar with the application process. If you decide to hire a representative, be sure to choose someone who you trust and who you feel comfortable working with. 

A work permit is a legal document that lets a person who is not a Canadian citizen work in Canada. About half a million work permits are given to temporary foreign workers from all over the world every year.

Many people from other countries move to Canada in search of better job prospects. If you want to move to Canada permanently, getting a job there is a great first step.

The process of acquiring a work permit in Canada can be done in a variety of different ways. Work permits can be broken down into three categories: those that require a job offer from a Canadian employer; those that require an employer to submit a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA); and those that require the applicant to have some kind of connection to Canada (previous education, spousal sponsorship, etc.).

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