I am Canadian and want to marry my American fiancé in the US. When I come back to Canada, can I start the sponsorship process to sponsor him ‘outland’? Will he need to get visitor visas to visit while the application is pending, or can he just come over? First we need to apply for criminal rehabilitation due to two misdemeanours from almost 20 years ago. Should both applications be submitted at the same time, or should we get going on the rehabilitation and then choose between inland and outland once he’s allowed here?
Since he is an American citizen, he does need a visa to visit Canada, but he will need to prove to CBSA agents that he will be returning to the United States when his entry expires.
If your fiancé’s criminal record consists solely of misdemeanours from twenty years ago, he does not have to apply for criminal rehabilitation. Rather, he should check if he is ‘deemed rehabilitated’ (it’s the same procedure without the fee).
He should absolutely resolve the criminal record issue first. Once this is resolved, you can decide upon which sponsorship route to take.