Canadian Spousal Sponsorship - Frequently Asked Questions

Canadian Spousal Sponsorship - Frequently Asked Questions

A large portion of our practice involves helping Canadian citizens and permanent residents sponsor their spouse from abroad to be able to build a life together in Canada. Below we will answer some of our most frequently asked questions. 

Can my spousal sponsorship application be denied? 

  • Yes, spousal sponsorship applications can be denied for a number of reasons. Below are some examples of why your spousal sponsorship application may be denied: 
    • The government does not believe that your relationship is genuine or bone fide and/ or believes that it was entered into solely for the purpose of immigration to Canada. 
    • You do not meet the eligibility to be a sponsor. For example, you have a serious criminal record or do not meet the financial requirements to be a sponsor. 
    • Your spouse does not meet the eligibility requirements to be sponsored. For example, for criminal, financial, health, or other reasons. 
    • You did not provide sufficient evidence in your spousal sponsorship application. 
    • You filed the application wrong or missing information or signatures in the forms. 

How does spousal sponsorship work in Canada? 

  • In Canada, spousal sponsorship applications are evaluated based on the written record you provide. 
  • Interviews are not part of the standard processing of the application, but are possible. 
  • Once the application is evaluated, a permanent resident card is issued to your spouse for 5 years.
  • After 5 years, your spouse can apply to renew permanent residence or apply to become a Canadian citizen. 

 How to apply for spousal sponsorship online? 

  • IRCC has an online portal designed for spousal sponsorships. All information will be submitted by the portal. This includes immigration forms, supporting evidence, and any legal submissions/ client affidavits. 

Outland vs Inland spousal sponsorship in Canada? 

  • If you have both options (and not everyone does), the main differences are as follows: 
    • For inland - the primary benefit is that you are together and in Canada throughout the processing of your application. The primary drawback is that travel outside of Canada is not recommended. 
    • For outland - the primary benefit is that you can travel back and forth from Canada, assuming you are able to travel to Canada. Once you have your residence, you will move to Canada and some people have peace of mind to know they are not moving to Canada without authorization. You can bring all your belongings at that time, etc. 
    • Both inland and outland now allow for work permit applications. 

Where do I send my spousal sponsorship application in Canada?

    • IRCC has an online portal where you will submit your sponsorship application. If working with our office, we will set up the portal and upload all the information and all you need to do is review and sign the application. 

How can an immigration lawyer help me with my spousal sponsorship application? 

  • If you still have questions, an immigration lawyer can help you by answering any and all questions you have related to the application. 
  • An immigration lawyer can also help you put your best application forward so you do not experience delays or complications with this big step.
  • To get started with our firm, please schedule a strategy session. 
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