Sponsoring a Member of the Family Class: Adopted children and other family


Use this application if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident living in Canada and you want to sponsor close family members living abroad, including your:

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

or

  • someone related to you if you do not have any other relatives that
    • can be sponsored (such as a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, uncle or aunt, niece or nephew)
      • are Canadian citizens
      • are permanents residents
      • are registered Indians

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

This application package includes:

How to use this application package

Read the instruction guide to help you fill out your application.

  • Use the Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344) form and the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008). You can fill them out and save them on a computer. You will need Adobe Reader 10 or higher. You must also turn on JavaScript.
  • Filling out the forms on a computer is easier than filling them out by hand. It reduces the risk of mistakes that can slow down your application.
  • Trouble downloading? Right-click the link and select “Save Target As….” You can also find out more about downloading files in the Help Centre.

Fill out, validate, print, sign and date your application forms.

To make sure you submit all the pages:

IMM 1344 and IMM 0008 forms

  1. Click the "Validate" button at the top or bottom of the form.

    Note: Validate the form before you print it. This will help make sure you have answered all the questions. It will help avoid delays in processing your application.

  2. A last page with barcodes and a signature line will automatically be created.
  3. Print, sign and date the form.
  4. For best results:
    • print on white, bond-quality, non-glossy paper
    • use a laser printer
  5. Place the barcode page on top of your package. If you have more than one package, place a separate barcode page on each one.

Other forms:

Use the Document Checklist to make sure that you include all the other forms and documents you need.

Pay the fees

You must include the fee with your application. Find out how to pay your fees.

Mail your completed application to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

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