Who is Outland Spousal Sponsorship For?
The Outland Spousal Sponsorship stream of the family sponsorship program allows a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner for Canadian permanent residence, regardless of where they are currently living.
The Outland spousal/common-law partner sponsorship program is the most suitable path chosen when the sponsored person is residing outside Canada. However, it has been made possible for the spouse or common-law partner who is residing inside Canada to apply through this program. Though the program allows for the sponsored person to travel in and out of Canada as and when they please during the application processing time, it is the judgement of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) whether to allow the person to re-enter Canada once the person has exited.
Who is Eligible for a Spousal Sponsorship Outside Canada?
As a sponsor, you must abide by the following checklist to prove that you:
- Are legally a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
- Are at least 18 years old;
- Can provide the basic needs for you and your family, including food, clothing, and shelter;
- Can support your spouse/partner financially; and
- Can ensure that your spouse/partner does not need to ask for financial help from the Canadian government.
Your spouse/conjugal or common-law partner must be at least 18 years old and must have medical, criminal and background checks. You will also have to prove that a genuine relationship exists between the two of you, providing solid evidence of your involvement and commitment.
If the sponsor lives in the province of Quebec, they may need to meet additional requirements. Unlike under inland spousal sponsorship, the sponsored individual is not required to hold valid temporary status in Canada for outland spousal sponsorship applications, as long as the sponsored partner is not living in Canada. They must also be at least 18 years of age and cannot be a close blood relative of the sponsor. The relationship between sponsor and person being sponsored must be either a legal marriage, or a common-law or conjugal partnership, as recognized by IRCC.
The Spousal Sponsorship Process
First you must apply to become a sponsor. Your partner also needs to submit an application for permanent residence. The process involves several steps that can be confusing for someone who isn’t familiar with how Immigration Canada works, and ensuring that all the supporting documents are included and completed correctly can be challenging.
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In order to sponsor a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner to Canada, you must be a citizen, permanent resident, or a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act. You must be 18 years of age or older, and meet any further requirements, such as financial stability, to prove you have the capacity to act as a sponsor.