Last updated May 12, 2021

Outland Sponsorship Program

The Outland Sponsorship Program allows a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident to sponsor their spousal/common-law partner residing outside Canada to get PR status and live permanently. Under this program, the sponsored person can travel abroad while waiting for their final decision. Applicants residing in Canada may also choose to apply for outland spousal sponsorship if need it. There are requirements for both the Canadian sponsored and the foreign sponsored.

Eligibility criteria for Sponsored
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a permanent residence application in process under the Spousal Sponsorship work permit.
  • Meet all eligibility requirements under spousal sponsorship.
  • The sponsor cannot be a close blood relative.
  • The relationship must be either a legal marriage or a common-law or conjugal partnership.
Eligibility criteria for Sponsor
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada.
  • Be at least 18 years.
  • Not having received spousal sponsorship to Canada in the five years preceding their application.
  • Have no criminal record.
Nature of the relationship
  • Spouse: you are legally married and your marriage is valid under the law of the jurisdiction where it was registered and under Canadian law
  • Common-law : you are cohabiting or have cohabited with your partner for at least 12 consecutive months
  • Conjugal partnership : you have been in an ongoing and committed relationship for at least 12 months but, due different factors beyond your control you cannot live together.

The marriage must have been legally performed in Canada. If it was abroad, it must be legally recognized in the country where it took place and in Canada.

If the marriage is not considered legally valid, the couple still may apply for common-law or conjugal partners.

How to prove a legal marriage?

The marriage must have been legally performed in Canada. If it was abroad, it must be legally recognized in the country where it took place and in Canada.
If the marriage is not considered legally valid, the couple still may apply for common-law or conjugal partners.

Funds:

There is no minimum fund required to sponsor an outland spouse/common-in-law partner.