February 2, 2012 — As of February 6, 2012, Canadian citizens and permanent residents wishing to sponsor their spouse, common-law partner and/or eligible family member to immigrate to Canada are asked to use the new two-dimensional (2D) bar coded Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking form (IMM 1344). The form applies to both the Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada class and the Family Class.
CIC strongly encourages applicants to download the new 2D IMM1344 and complete the form online.
The form features prompts and drop-down lists that will make completing the form much easier for applicants and will help prevent errors that create unnecessary processing delays. Completing the form electronically and validating the form before printing will generate a unique bar code to allow for the efficient entry of data into CIC’s case management system.
This follows the July, 2011 launch of a new 2D bar coded Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008).
Older versions of sponsorship application forms will still be accepted, but only until March 31, 2012.
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