Canadian PR through Outland Sponsorship: how to initiate your process

Outland sponsorship is a process that enables foreign nationals residing abroad to be supported by their Canadian spouse or partner in their pursuit of permanent resident (PR) status in Canada. The Outland sponsorship process distinguishes itself from the Inland spousal sponsorship, which necessitates the couple’s cohabitation in Canada.

Outland sponsorship could be the ideal choice for you if you are unable to pursue spousal sponsorship from within Canada. In other words, if your loved one is not residing legally in Canada at the time of application, Outland sponsorship is likely the sole available option.

Individuals residing in Canada may also consider the Outland sponsorship process. It permits travel to and from Canada during the application process, making it the preferred option for those whose work or personal circumstances require them to enter and exit the country.

For the sponsored person to secure a Canadian PR visa through Outland sponsorship, both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident and the foreign national must obtain approval from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Who can apply under Outland sponsorship?

To qualify for sponsoring a loved one under the Outland application category, both the sponsor and the sponsored individual must meet specific requirements, including:

  • The sponsor must be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Both the sponsor and the sponsored person must be at least 18 years old.
  • The relationship between the sponsor and the sponsored person must fall into one of the following categories:
    • Spouse: You must be legally married, with a valid marriage under the jurisdiction’s law where it was registered and under Canadian law.
    • Common-law: You must have cohabited with your partner in a marriage-like relationship for a continuous 12-month period.
    • Conjugal partnership*: You must have been in an ongoing, committed relationship for a minimum of 12 months, but due to significant legal constraints or other uncontrollable factors, such as immigration barriers or marital status, you cannot live together.
  • The sponsor must not have sponsored a spouse in Canada within the five years prior to submitting their application.
  • Neither spouse must be incarcerated, facing serious criminal charges, or declared bankrupt.
  • If you are in a conjugal relationship, you must apply through the Outland sponsorship category as this type of relationship is not eligible for Inland sponsorship.


How can you initiate the Outland sponsorship application process?

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

Before you begin the Outland sponsorship application process, it’s crucial to ensure that both you (the sponsor) and your loved one (the sponsored person) meet the eligibility criteria set by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Key eligibility requirements include:

  • You, the sponsor, must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Both you and the sponsored person must be at least 18 years old.
  • Your relationship with the sponsored person must fit one of these categories: spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner (if applicable, see note below).
  • You must not have previously sponsored a spouse in Canada within the last five years.
  • Neither you nor the sponsored person should be in prison, facing serious criminal charges, or declared bankrupt.

*Note: If your relationship falls under the “conjugal partner” category, you’ll need to apply through the Outland sponsorship route, as this type of relationship is not eligible for Inland sponsorship.


Step 2: Gather Required Documents

Once you’ve confirmed eligibility, the next step is to collect all the necessary documentation. This typically includes:

  • Proof of your Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Marriage certificate or evidence of a common-law relationship.
  • Evidence of your genuine and ongoing relationship with the sponsored person (e.g., photographs, communications, joint financial records).
  • Police clearance certificates for both you and the sponsored person.
  • Medical examinations and immigration medical reports.
  • Completed application forms, such as the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008) and the Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344).
  • Any additional documents required for your specific circumstances.

We at Akrami & Associates understand that the document collection process can be daunting, but we are here to make it easier for you! Our team of experts will provide personalized guidance tailored to your specific circumstances, including assistance with gathering the required documents for your application.

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Step 3: Prepare the Application Package

Organize all the documents you’ve gathered into a well-structured application package. Ensure that you complete all forms accurately and truthfully. Missing or incorrect information could result in delays or rejection of your application.

Step 4: Pay Fees

You’ll need to pay the required application fees, which may vary depending on your specific situation. Visit the official IRCC website for the most up-to-date fee information and payment methods.

Step 5: Submit Your Application

You can submit your Outland sponsorship application either online through the IRCC portal or by mailing a physical application to the appropriate processing center. Follow the specific instructions provided on the IRCC website for your region.

We offer comprehensive support throughout the entire application process, from document preparation to submission. Akrami & Associates will assist in compiling the necessary paperwork, completing application forms accurately, and meeting all requirements for a successful Outland sponsorship application.


Step 6: Wait for Processing

After submitting your application, be prepared for a waiting period. The processing time can vary based on the volume of applications and other factors. You can check the current processing times on the IRCC website.

Step 7: Attend Interviews and Medical Examinations (if required)

In some cases, IRCC may request interviews or additional medical examinations. If so, cooperate fully and provide the requested information promptly.

Step 8: Receive a Decision

Once your application is processed, you’ll receive a decision from IRCC. If approved, your loved one will be granted permanent resident status, allowing them to live and work in Canada.

Remember that this is a general overview of the steps involved in an Outland sponsorship application. The specific requirements and procedures may vary based on your unique circumstances, so it’s advisable to consult the official IRCC website or seek legal advice for personalized guidance.

How can Akrami & Associates help you:

Akrami & Associates is here to provide expert guidance and support for individuals seeking Canadian permanent residency through the Outland sponsorship process. Our team understands the nuances of this immigration pathway and can assist you in taking the necessary steps to initiate the process successfully.

If you are a foreign national residing abroad and wish to obtain permanent resident status in Canada with the sponsorship of your Canadian spouse or partner, we can help you navigate the eligibility criteria and document requirements. We’ll ensure that you have a clear understanding of the process from start to finish.

For those currently in Canada, considering the Outland sponsorship route may be a strategic choice, especially if your personal or work circumstances necessitate international travel during the application process. Our experts can provide insights into the benefits of this approach and guide you through the necessary procedures.

Ultimately, we will work closely with both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident sponsor and the foreign national to ensure that all requirements are met and that the application receives approval from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). At Akrami & Associates, our commitment is to offer comprehensive support at every stage of the Outland sponsorship process, making your journey towards Canadian permanent residency as smooth as possible.

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