What is Outland Spouse Sponsorship?
The Outland sponsorship option is for foreign nationals who reside outside of Canada and wish to be sponsored by their Canadian spouse or partner for permanent residence (PR) status in Canada. The Outland sponsorship procedure differs from the Inland spousal sponsorship, which requires the pair to live together in Canada.
If you are unable to apply for spousal sponsorship from within Canada, Outland sponsorship may be the ideal alternative. To put it another way, if your loved one is not lawfully resident in Canada at the time of application, Outland sponsorship is probably the only option available to you.
Canadian residents may also apply for an Outland visa through the sponsorship process. It allows you to travel to and from Canada while your application is being processed, and it might be the ideal solution for those who need to work or move about frequently because of their job or personal situation.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will need to approve both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident and the foreign national in order for the sponsored individual to obtain a PR visa through Outland sponsorship.
Who Can Apply Under Outland Sponsorship?
To be eligible to sponsor a loved one through the Outland application category, both the sponsor and sponsored person must fulfill a number of specific criteria, including:
- The sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- Both the sponsor and sponsored person must be at least 18 years of age;
- The relationship between the sponsor and the sponsored person must be one of the following:
- Spouse: you are legally married and your marriage is valid under the law of the jurisdiction where it was registered and under Canadian law;
- Common-law : you are cohabiting or have cohabited with your partner in a marriage-like relationship for at least 12 consecutive months;
- Conjugal partnership *: you have been in an ongoing and committed relationship for a period of at least 12 months but, due to significant legal constraints or other factors beyond your control, such as an immigration barrier or marital status, you cannot live together;
- The sponsor must not have sponsored a spouse in Canada in the five years preceding the submission of their application;
- Neither spouse must be in prison, charged with a serious offence or bankrupt;
* If you are in a conjugal relationship, you will need to submit an Outland sponsorship application as this type of relationship is not eligible under Inland sponsorship.
How Does Outland Sponsorship Work?
Under the Family Class immigration program, a sponsor must apply for permission to bring their dependent family members. Outland sponsorship is a unique application procedure that may be used to sponsor a loved one under Canada’s Family Class immigration program.
The lengthy application procedure has five phases. The first step is to verify eligibility, which includes gathering supporting papers, filling out the necessary forms, and delivering them to the right visa office.
What are the steps to submit an Outland sponsorship application?
Applying to sponsor a foreign spouse or partner is a multi-step process:
The province of Quebec has its own immigration rules, and if you wish to reside there, you’ll need to adhere to several more procedures.
How long does it take to process Outland applications?
IRCC’s targeted processing period for spousal sponsorships is approximately 12 months. This estimated processing time includes the time needed to provide biometrics and to review the sponsorship application and eligibility requirements of both the sponsor and the person being sponsored.
You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt from IRCC once the application has been submitted. Then, after 4 months, IRCC will assess the sponsor’s eligibility. The evaluation of the sponsored individual’s permanent residence application might take anywhere from 6 to 12 months.
The current COVID-19 epidemic may have an impact on spousal applications’ processing. IRCC is currently concentrating on applications from the following groups:
- Canadians attempting to return to Canada;
- Vulnerable persons;
- Those who provide or support essential services.
Where are Outland applications processed?
The visa office responsible for the spouse’s or partner’s country of origin, or, alternatively, the country in which they have resided lawfully for at least one year, processes applications submitted from outside of Canada under the Spousal Sponsorship category.
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