Spousal Sponsorship for Lebanon

Are you a Canadian Citizen with a spouse or partner living in Lebanon? If you would like to sponsor them to come to Canada, then the first step to take into consideration are the eligibility requirements.

To be eligible as a sponsor you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be18 years old
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or part of a First Nation.
  • You must also sign an agreement ensuring that you will be able to fully support yourself, your wife, and any minor children.
  • If your dependents do end up getting social services, you will be expected to refund what they received during the years that they were eligible.

*There may be certain conditions that can prohibit you from sponsoring. Aside from violent crime crimes, you could be impermissible if you have not settled an immigration debt, are in bankruptcy, and have not been released, or have supported a former partner within three years of your filing. These are only a few considerations that can influence your ability to sponsor. *

To be eligible as a spouse you must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be over the age of 18
  • they must pass background, welfare, and medical tests.
  • You would be expected to prove to IRCC that your engagement is legitimate and that you did not marry merely to gain permanent residency in Canada.


Generally, there are two types of Spousal applications:

Outland:  If your spouse or common-law partner is staying in Lebanon at the time of your submission, you will be treated as an outland applicant. It is possible to remain with your partner during the process, but you must show that you can both migrate to Canada after your permanent residency application is approved.

Inland: If you and your spouse already live in Canada, you will most likely be regarded as inland candidates. Your spouse is eligible for an Open Work Permit through this route.

What are Documents Required?

IRCC rules are subject to adjustment daily, and they can vary based on the spouse’s residence status in Lebanon and the location of applying. If you and your spouse worked or lived outside of Lebanon for a while, you could have various country-specific criteria for the documentation you need. For those going through the application process, the government offers an application guide with more detail.

There are already special guidelines on IRCC’s document checklist if your partner is a Lebanese resident living in Lebanon. IRCC request a listing of all travel you and your family members have taken outside your place of residence in the last decade, or since your eighteenth birthday if it was fewer than ten years before your filing. Furthermore, if you have done military service you are also required to provide information if we’re in a high ranking or senior official government position,

Submitted your application…Now What?

IRCC provides a 12-month processing period for spousal sponsorship applications after the application is submitted. Usually, there is a two- to three-month delay time as they double-check the submission. In March 2021, Canada increased its ability for processing family sponsorship applications to reach the 12-month deadline.

IRCC may also request your spouse’s biometrics during the processing phase. They will have 30 days to complete them. At any time, IRCC can request additional details or an in-person interview. Your partner will have 30 days to complete a medical test as well

Before IRCC decides on your submission, you can monitor and check its status online. They will give you guidance on how to complete the final steps required for your spouse or common-law partner to become a permanent resident. They’ll have to speak with a customs official at a port of entry for a landing interview. The IRCC will give them guidance on which documents to bring as well as timing and place of interview

Finally, the spouse or common-law partner becomes a permanent resident after the landing procedure is finished.

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