Navigating Spousal Sponsorship: Understanding Inland and Outland Applications


For couples separated by international borders, the spousal sponsorship process is a crucial pathway to reunification. When pursuing spousal sponsorship in Canada, applicants encounter two primary application streams: inland and outland. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key differences between inland and outland spousal sponsorship applications, helping couples make informed decisions about the best approach for their unique circumstances. For personalized assistance and expert guidance, contact Falcon Law PC at 1-877-892-7778 or

Inland Spousal Sponsorship:

  1. Definition: Inland spousal sponsorship refers to the process of sponsoring a spouse or partner who is already in Canada and has legal temporary status, such as a visitor, student, or worker. The sponsored individual can remain in Canada throughout the application process.
  2. Advantages:
    • Co-habitation During Processing: Inland applicants can reside with their sponsoring spouse in Canada while the application is being processed.
    • Open Work Permit: Inland sponsored spouses are eligible for an open work permit, allowing them to work for any employer in Canada during the processing period.
  3. Processing Time: Inland spousal sponsorship applications generally have shorter processing times compared to outland applications. However, processing times can vary based on factors such as location and individual circumstances.

Outland Spousal Sponsorship:

  1. Definition: Outland spousal sponsorship involves sponsoring a spouse or partner who is outside of Canada. The sponsored individual remains in their home country or another location until the application is processed.
  2. Advantages:
    • Potentially Faster Processing: In some cases, outland applications may be processed more quickly than inland applications.
    • No Need for Legal Temporary Status: The sponsored individual does not need to have legal temporary status in Canada, making it suitable for spouses residing abroad.
  3. Processing Time: Outland spousal sponsorship processing times can vary, and factors such as the country of residence and individual circumstances can influence the overall timeline.

Choosing Between Inland and Outland Applications:

  1. Location of the Sponsored Spouse:
    • Inland: Ideal when the sponsored spouse is already in Canada with legal temporary status.
    • Outland: Suitable when the sponsored spouse is residing outside of Canada.
  2. Processing Time Preferences:
    • Inland: Generally offers shorter processing times.
    • Outland: May be faster in certain situations, but processing times can vary.
  3. Eligibility for Open Work Permit:
    • Inland: Sponsored spouses are eligible for an open work permit.
    • Outland: The sponsored spouse does not receive an open work permit during the application process.
  4. Individual Circumstances:
    • Inland: Ideal for couples who wish to remain together in Canada during the application process.
    • Outland: Appropriate for couples where the sponsored spouse is residing outside of Canada.

How Falcon Law PC Can Assist:

  1. Expertise in Immigration Law: Falcon Law PC specializes in immigration law, including spousal sponsorship applications. Our team has extensive experience in navigating both inland and outland streams.
  2. Personalized Legal Support: As your immigration law partner, Falcon Law PC provides personalized assistance tailored to your specific circumstances. We understand that each case is unique, and our advice is crafted to align with your goals.
  3. Clear Communication: Navigating the spousal sponsorship process can be complex. Falcon Law PC prioritizes clear communication, keeping clients informed at every stage and providing transparent guidance throughout the application.

Contact Falcon Law PC:

If you’re considering spousal sponsorship and are unsure whether to pursue an inland or outland application, Falcon Law PC is here to help. Contact us for expert guidance, personalized assistance, and comprehensive legal support.

Phone: 1-877-892-7778



Understanding the differences between inland and outland spousal sponsorship applications is crucial for couples embarking on the reunification journey. Falcon Law PC, with its expertise in immigration law, is dedicated to providing expert legal support and ensuring that your spousal sponsorship application is navigated with care and success. Contact us today to begin the process of bringing your loved one to Canada with the support of experienced legal professionals.

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