Inland vs. Outside Canada spousal sponsorship

If your spouse or common-law partner lives with you in Canada, then you have two options to sponsor them. However, you must know the differences before deciding which one to choose. This article compares Inland and Outside Canada spousal sponsorship options.

What are inland and outside Canada spousal sponsorship options?

The following articles explain these two options in detail:

The rest of this article assumes you are familiar with the basics. Of course, my recommendation is to read those articles first.

Comparing inland and outside Canada, spousal sponsorship options

Key issues Inland Spousal Applications Outside Canada Spousal Applications
Who is the sponsor? A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
Who is the applicant? A foreign national who is an eligible spouse or common-law partner A foreign national who is an eligible spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner
Residency requirements for the applicant Must reside in Canada and co-habit with the sponsor May reside anywhere in this world. Co-habitation is not mandatory but helpful.
Application for an open work permit in Canada Eligible Eligible only if travelling to Canada and living with the sponsor.
Right to Appeal Not eligible Eligible
Processing time It could vary but mostly between 9 and 18 months. It could vary but mostly between 9 and 18 months.

Which option to choose

If your spouse or common-law partner lives in Canada with you, you may choose either inland or outside Canada spousal options. Of course, you cannot choose both. Also, consider the limitations mentioned in the table. If your spouse or common-law partner lives outside Canada or doesn’t cohabit with you, your only option is the outside Canada sponsorship. For conjugal partners, your only option is an outside-Canada sponsorship application. Of course, you may consult with a professional to better explore your options.

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