You can sponsor your spouse if they are currently living outside of Canada through the Overseas Spousal Sponsorship, also referred to as the Outland Spousal Sponsorship. The Overseas Spousal Sponsorship is part of the Family Class Sponsorship category that allows different types of spousal sponsorship.
You can also apply for overseas spousal sponsorship while residing in Canada if you want to travel in and out of Canada while waiting for a decision on your sponsorship application as long as you have the appropriate authorization.
Who is Eligible for Overseas Spousal Sponsorship?
If you are sponsoring your spouse who is living in another country, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Not have been sponsored through spousal sponsorship in the last 5 years
- Not be in jail or convicted of a serious crime
- Not have an undischarged bankruptcy
- Not be issued a removal order as a permanent resident
Your spouse must be18 years of age or older and not a close blood relative.
What Else Do You Need to Know About Overseas Spousal Sponsorship?
As the sponsored spouse, they will be required to clear all admissibility requirements. They could be eligible for overseas spousal sponsorship if they address their inadmissibility through the available options.
There are no minimum income requirements for sponsoring your spouse. However, you must financially support your spouse.
There are certain situations where you may be required to submit a financial evaluation form:
- If you are sponsoring 1 or more dependent children
- If you're sponsoring your spouse with 1 or more dependent children
Overseas Spousal Sponsorship Processing Time
Most Overseas Spouse or Common-law partner sponsorships are processed in 12-months.
Overseas Spousal Sponsorship Refusal
These are some of the top reasons why an Overseas Spousal Sponsorship may be refused:
- Inability to demonstrate the genuineness of the relationship
- Incorrect or outdated application forms
- Missing country-specific requirements
- Sponsor ineligibility
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Overseas Spousal Sponsorship
No, a disabled spouse is not considered a dependent for spousal sponsorship applications.
No, in most cases, you do not need to demonstrate any minimum income requirement for overseas spousal sponsorship.
If you are applying through overseas spousal sponsorship, then you can appeal the decision to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) if your application is refused for any reason.
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