Inland and overseas spousal sponsorships are two options available for those seeking to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner for permanent residency in Canada. The primary difference between these two processes is the location of the sponsored partner at the time of the sponsorship application.
In an inland sponsorship, the sponsored partner is already in Canada on a temporary basis, and the sponsoring partner applies to sponsor them for permanent residency while they are still in the country. On the other hand, in an overseas sponsorship, the sponsored partner is outside Canada, and the sponsoring partner applies to sponsor them for permanent residency while they are still outside the country.
Both inland and overseas sponsorships come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. With inland sponsorship, the sponsored partner can stay in Canada throughout the application process, which can take up to a year or more. However, it is important to note that the sponsored partner must have legal status in Canada at the time of the application and must remain in the country throughout the process.
In contrast, overseas sponsorships may have shorter processing times, but the sponsored partner must obtain a temporary resident visa to enter Canada while the application is being processed. This process can be complicated and time-consuming, causing stress and delays for the sponsored partner and sponsoring partner.
The choice between inland and overseas sponsorship ultimately depends on individual circumstances, such as the immigration status of the sponsored partner and the length of processing times. Therefore, it is advisable to consult with a qualified immigration lawyer or consultant to determine the best option for the specific situation.