Spousal sponsorship can be crucial in unifying families and ensuring that partners can build a life together in one place.
Canadian citizens or permanent residents looking to sponsor their spouse for permanent residence will find two types of spousal sponsorship available: inland and outland. Here, we will break down the differences between these two sponsorship options and help you understand the next steps for your situation.
Couples can apply for inland sponsorship if they both reside in Canada but one partner is a temporary resident. The other partner should be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. To be eligible for inland sponsorship, partners should plan to reside in Canada for the duration of their application process. This process typically takes twelve months, so if you plan to leave Canada during this time, outland sponsorship may be a better option for you.
To have your application for inland sponsorship approved, you should prepare to demonstrate the authenticity of your relationship with your partner to Canada's immigration officers or the IRCC. The government will want to hear about your relationship's story and your commitment to each other. If you are married, you should prepare to provide proof of your marriage.
As a temporary resident, the sponsored spouse can apply for an inland spousal sponsorship open work permit while waiting for inland sponsorship approval. This work permit functions as any other work permit but can only be applied for while your application for permanent residency is still processing. Your temporary resident status must be valid throughout the application process for an open work permit. You can be a temporary resident on a visitor, student, or work visa.