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Understanding Inland and Outland Sponsorship Options in Canada: A Comprehensive Guide

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

Are you looking to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner in Canada? Ansari Immigration, a leading immigration consultancy firm in Vancouver, is here to help. In this informative and engaging blog post, we will explore the two primary pathways for spousal sponsorship in Canada - Inland and Outland sponsorship. Understanding the eligibility criteria and key differences between these options will help you make an informed decision and start the journey towards building a life together in Canada.


Inland Sponsorship

Infographic depicting key aspects of Inland Sponsorship for spousal sponsorship in Canada, including eligibility criteria, relationship categories, benefits, and limitations, with a couple standing inside a map of Canada and related icons.

  1. Inland Sponsorship: When Your Partner is Already in Canada Inland sponsorship is the ideal choice when your spouse or partner is already living with you in Canada on a valid temporary status, such as a visitor, student, or worker. To qualify for Inland sponsorship, both the sponsor and the sponsored person must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (sponsor)

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Have not sponsored someone else in Canada within the last five years

  • Be free from prison, serious offences, or bankruptcy

Additionally, the relationship between the sponsor and the sponsored person must fall under one of these categories:

  • Spouse: Legally married and the marriage is valid under the law where it was registered and under Canadian law

  • Common-law: Cohabiting or have cohabited in a marriage-like relationship for at least 12 consecutive months

It's important to note that Inland sponsorship is not available for conjugal relationships. While the application is being processed, the sponsored person can continue to live, study, or work in Canada and may also be eligible for an open work permit.

However, the sponsored person is expected to remain in Canada during the application process. If they need to travel, Outland sponsorship might be more suitable.


Outland Sponsorship

Infographic illustrating key aspects of Outland Sponsorship for spousal sponsorship in Canada, including eligibility criteria, relationship categories, benefits, and limitations, with a couple separated by a globe and related icons.



  1. Outland Sponsorship: When Your Partner is Outside Canada Outland sponsorship is the best option when your spouse or partner is not living with you in Canada and are foreign nationals residing abroad. This option is also available for those who are ineligible for Inland sponsorship. To qualify for Outland sponsorship, both the sponsor and the sponsored person must meet these requirements:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (sponsor)

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Have not sponsored someone else in Canada within the last five years

  • Be free from prison, serious offences, or bankruptcy

The relationship between the sponsor and the sponsored person must belong to one of these categories:

  • Spouse: Legally married and the marriage is valid under the law where it was registered and under Canadian law

  • Common-law: Cohabiting or have cohabited in a marriage-like relationship for at least 12 consecutive months

  • Conjugal partnership: In an ongoing, committed relationship for at least 12 months but unable to live together due to factors beyond control, such as immigration barriers or marital status

Unlike Inland sponsorship, Outland sponsorship allows the sponsored person to travel to and from Canada during the application process.


Choosing the right spousal sponsorship option depends on your unique circumstances, such as your partner's current location and their ability to travel during the application process. At Ansari Immigration, our expert team is dedicated to guiding you through every step of your sponsorship journey. Contact us today for a personalized consultation to determine the best pathway for you and your loved ones.


The Application Process for inland and outland sponsorship


The Application Process: Steps to Take for Inland and Outland Sponsorship While both Inland and Outland sponsorship options have unique aspects, the general application process follows a similar structure. Here are the key steps to follow when applying for spousal sponsorship:


Step 1: Gather Supporting Documents Prepare all necessary documents to support your application. This may include proof of relationship, marriage or common-law certificates, financial documents, and any additional evidence that demonstrates the genuineness of your relationship.

Step 2: Complete the Required Forms Fill out the appropriate forms for the specific sponsorship option you have chosen. Ensure all information is accurate and complete to avoid delays in processing.

Step 3: Pay the Application Fees Submit the required fees for your application. This may include processing fees, biometrics, and the Right of Permanent Residence Fee.

Step 4: Submit the Application Send your completed application package to the appropriate Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) office. Make sure to include all required documents and forms to avoid delays or potential refusal.

Step 5: Track Your Application Status Keep track of your application status through the IRCC's online portal. You may be asked to provide additional documents or attend an interview during the processing period.

Step 6: Prepare for Arrival Upon approval, the sponsored person will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and a permanent resident visa if required. Make necessary preparations for their arrival in Canada, such as housing and employment arrangements.


How Ansari Immigration Can Assist with Your Spousal Sponsorship Journey Navigating the complexities of spousal sponsorship can be challenging.

  1. At Ansari Immigration, our team of professionals is committed to simplifying the process for you. Our services include:

  2. Personalized Consultations: We assess your unique situation and recommend the best sponsorship option for you and your partner.

  3. Document Review: Our experts ensure your documents are accurate and complete, increasing the chances of a successful application.

  4. Application Guidance: We help you navigate the application process, ensuring all forms are filled out correctly and submitted on time.

  5. Ongoing Support: Our team remains available to address any questions or concerns throughout the application process.

Embarking on the journey of spousal sponsorship in Canada can be both exciting and overwhelming. At Ansari Immigration, our goal is to make this process as smooth as possible for you and your partner. By providing expert guidance and support, we help you navigate the complexities of Inland and Outland sponsorship options, ensuring the best outcome for your application. Contact us today to begin your journey towards building a life together in Canada.

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