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Inland vs Overseas Spousal Sponsorship

Inland vs Overseas Spousal Sponsorship

Two Types of Spousal Sponsorship:

There are two different ways to apply for spousal sponsorship. There is the inland vs outland application. As with everything in life, there are pros and cons to each and every situation. Determining which application is best suited for you and your spouse’ specific needs may be a little confusing. There are different rules and aspects to each application which may or may not benefit you. However, understanding the differences between the two applications (inland or outland) may help with making this decision a little bit easier.

Spousal Sponsorship Application from Inside of Canada (Inland):

Pros:

  • The sponsored spouse must remain within Canada during the processing time.
  • The sponsored spouse can obtain an open work permit (an open work permit allows the sponsored spouse to work in Canada during the processing time for your application).

Cons:

  • The sponsored spouse may not leave Canada during the processing time, otherwise the application will be determined abandoned.
  • Processing times are usually longer than the processing times for outland sponsorship. The first stage alone takes about 8-12 months.
  • If an inland application is denied, then no appeals will be permitted.

Spousal Sponsorship Application from Outside of Canada (Outland):

Pros:

  • The sponsored spouse is allowed to travel to and from Canada during the processing times; however, he/she can only do so if he/she has a valid document that allows them to do so, such as a Temporary Resident Visa.
  • Processing times are usually faster than with inland applications, however this depends on which country you are applying from.
  • If an outland application is denied, then the sponsored spouse has the right to appeal that decision.

Cons:

  • The sponsored spouse must wait outside of Canada for a decision, unless your spouse has an additional visa (e.g. Temporary Resident Visa) which allows them the ability to be within the country while waiting for the application to be processed.

Further, you must go through extensive lengths to provide proof of their relationship. These documents listed are what CIC required you to produce. However, you should add in anything extra that you can possibly think of that can prove your relationship is genuine. Examples would be a joint bank account maybe, proof of living together (renovations), mail comes to same address, phone records that show consistent communication, text messages, etc…) All in all, you are trying to show your relationship to someone who does not know you through paper.

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Sponsorship Application: Inland vs. Overseas

Sponsorship Application: Inland vs. Overseas

Thinking of sponsoring your spouse but unaware of how to start? We understand that the process of sponsoring your loved one to gain permanent residency in Canada can be long and tough. Many things have to be considered before you can even begin the application.

What Is Spousal Sponsorship?

Love is blind, one is unable to help who they fall in love with. Your significant other can be from a different country but you reside in Canada. The process of spousal sponsorship allows you to sponsor your loved one to immigrate to Canada to obtain permanent residency. By sponsoring your loved one to Canada, you are able to start your life together rather than living your lives countries apart.

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Undertakings

Undertakings

It is important to understand your responsibilities when you sponsor your loved ones. It is a commitment that must be thoroughly reviewed and understood. I will begin by explaining what an undertaking is.

An undertaking is a formal promise, in this case, a promise to be accountable for the support of the person you wish to sponsor. This means making reasonable efforts to provide them with the basic necessities of life.

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Outland Spousal Sponsorship Canada

Outland Spousal Sponsorship Canada

There are two ways to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner, as a permanent resident; inland or outland. The main differences between the two, whether your partner is already in Canada (inland) or if they are outside of Canada (outland) while you sponsor them, is the processing times and the forms you are required to complete.

Before making an application, you should read about the sponsorship class that you have elected, in this case, sponsoring your spouse living outside of Canada. Once you have read and continue to choose this path, there are three main components of the process, which includes,

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Spousal Sponsorship Application Inside Canada

Spousal Sponsorship Application Inside Canada

If you wish to come to Canada through the Spousal Sponsorship program, you can either do so inland or outland. An inland application means that you will be staying inside of Canada while the application is being processed. Outland means that you will be making an application from outside of Canada.

Why Inside Canada Spousal Sponsorship?

There are several reasons why a couple would choose to make an application for Spousal Sponsorship from inside of Canada, including,

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