Applying as a Member of the Family Class: Sponsorship of adopted children and other relatives

New: Starting August 1st, 2014, the age at which a child is considered a dependant will be reduced from under 22 years of age to less than 19 years of age. Read about the changes.

Note: If you sent your application before July 18, 2011, you must fill out the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008) and the Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669).

Read the Instruction Guide to fill out your application forms.

Read the instructions for your visa office to make sure that you include all the forms and documents you need.

General information for all applicants:

Visa office–specific instructions

Choose the visa office where you will apply. You will find more information specific to that office.

Use this application if you want to join close family members in Canada. Only a family member who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor you to immigrate to Canada.

To use this application, you must be related to your sponsor in one of these ways:

  • parent,
  • grandparent,
  • child adopted outside of Canada or who will be adopted in Canada, or
  • brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild who is orphaned, under 18 years of age, and not married or in a common-law relationship.

If you are related to your sponsor in another way, they could still sponsor you if they do not have one of these living relatives they could sponsor as a member of the Family Class:

  • spouse,
  • common-law or conjugal partner,
  • son or daughter,
  • parent,
  • brother or sister,
  • grandparent,
  • uncle or aunt, or
  • niece or nephew.

Your sponsor must also not have any relative who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or registered Indian.

Note: If you are a Canadian citizen adopting a child from another country, you may apply for Canadian citizenship for your adopted child right away. You do not have to apply for permanent residence first. If you are an adult who is adopted, you may apply for yourself.

Find out if you are eligible

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