Guide 3900 - Sponsorship of a spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent child living outside Canada

Table of Contents



Overview

Application package

This application package consists of:

  • an instruction guide and
  • the required forms

The instruction guide is a tool that provides:

  • the information you must know about this application before sending it to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and
  • assistance with how to fill out the forms and the required supporting documents

Read the instruction guide thoroughly and then fill out each of the applicable forms.

The forms are specifically designed with questions that will assist the processing of your application.


Symbols used in this guide

This guide uses the following symbols to indicate information of particular importance.

Required step
What you must do to have your application processed.
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Important information that you need to be aware of in order to avoid delays or other problems.
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Tips that will assist you with this application.

The application process

The instructions provided in this guide follow the basic steps you will need to know to complete your application.

  1. Gather documents
  2. Complete the application
  3. Pay the fees
  4. Mail the application

Before You Apply

Sponsorship under the family class

The Canadian government allows citizens and permanent residents of Canada to sponsor members of the family class, but it requires that arriving immigrants receive care and support from their sponsors.

Members of the family class include a sponsor’s spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner; a dependent child of the sponsor; the sponsor’s mother or father; a person the sponsor intends to adopt; and other relatives of the sponsor as defined by regulation.


Information on Conditional Permanent Residence

As of October 25, 2012, CIC introduced amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. The amendments specify that spouses, common-law or conjugal partners who are in a relationship with their sponsor for two years or less and have no children in common with their sponsor at the time of the sponsorship application are subject to a period of conditional permanent residence. The condition requires the sponsored spouse or partner to cohabit in a conjugal relationship with their sponsor for a period of two years after the day on which they became a permanent resident. The conditional measure only applies to permanent residents whose applications are received on October 25, 2012, or after the day that the amendments come into force.

Examples

Condition applies if the couple:

  • is married for two years or less; or
  • dated for four years, but is married for two years or less; or
  • have been in a conjugal relationship for two years or less; or
  • has cohabited in a common-law relationship for two years or less; and
  • Do not have any children in common

Condition does not apply if the couple:

  • is married for more than two years; or
  • have been in a conjugal relationship for more than two years; or
  • has cohabited in a common-law relationship for more than two years; or
  • Have children in common.

For more information, consult the Frequently Asked Questions.


Who may use this application?

This application guide is designed for Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are 18 years of age or older and wish to sponsor members of the family class.


What does it mean ‘‘to sponsor’’?

When you agree to be a sponsor, you must sign a contract called an undertaking with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (or with the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion [MIDI] if you live in Québec).

The undertaking is a promise to provide financial support for your spouse or common-law partner’s basic requirements and those of his or her dependent children.

Basic requirements are:

  • food
  • clothing
  • utilities
  • personal requirements
  • shelter
  • fuel
  • household supplies

This also includes other health care not provided by public health, such as eye and dental care.

The undertaking ensures that these persons and their family members do not have to apply for social assistance. Its length varies according to their age and their relationship to you.

Your obligations as a sponsor begin as soon as the person you are sponsoring and, if applicable, his or her family members arrive in Canada.

Important information. The undertaking is an unconditional promise of support. For example, the granting of Canadian citizenship, divorce, separation or relationship breakdown or moving to another province does not cancel the undertaking. The undertaking also remains in effect even if your financial situation deteriorates.


Who can I sponsor using this application?

You can use this application package to sponsor a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner and dependent children who live outside Canada and meet the requirements defined for members of the family class.

If you are married

You can sponsor the person as your spouse if your marriage is a legally valid civil marriage. If your spouse is of the:

  • opposite sex and your marriage took place outside Canada, the marriage must be valid both under the laws of the jurisdiction where it took place and under Canadian law;
  • same sex, the marriage will be recognized for immigration purposes, where the marriage:
    • was legally performed in Canada, or
    • if performed outside of Canada, the marriage must be legally recognized according to both the law of the place where the marriage occurred and under Canadian law.

If you are in a common-law relationship

You can sponsor the person as your common-law partner

  • regardless of his or her sex, and
  • you are cohabiting in a conjugal relationship and have done so for at least one year.

If you are in conjugal relationship

You can sponsor a conjugal partner if:

  • there is a significant degree of attachment between the two of you, implying not just a physical relationship but a mutually interdependent relationship, and
  • you have been in a genuine relationship for at least 12 months where marriage or cohabitation has not been possible due to barriers such as sexual orientation, religious faith, etc.

See Conjugal partner definition.

If you are a parent or the person you are sponsoring is a parent

See Family members below.

Note: The minimum age accepted for a  spouse, common-law or conjugal partner is 16 years old.


Family members

Your family members include your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children and any children that are their dependent children.

Spouse
Refers to either of the two persons (opposite or same sex) in a marriage legally recognized in the country in which it took place, as well as in Canada.
Common-law partner
Refers to a person who is living in a conjugal relationship with another person (opposite or same sex), and has done so continuously for a period of at least one year. A conjugal relationship exists when there is a significant degree of commitment between two people.

This can be shown with evidence that the couple share the same home, support each other financially and emotionally, have children together, or present themselves in public as a couple.

Common-law partners who have been in a conjugal relationship for at least one year but are unable to live together or appear in public together because of legal restrictions in their home country or who have been separated for reasons beyond their control (for example, civil war or armed conflict) may still qualify and should be included on the application.

Dependent children
Refers to the children of the applicant or those of the spouse or common-law partner.

They must be:

  • under the age of 19 and not have a spouse or common-law partner, or
  • 19 years of age or older and unable to be financially self-sufficient since before the age of 19 due to a physical or mental condition.
Dependent child of a dependent child
Refers to children of dependent children of the applicant or those of the spouse or common-law partner.

Conjugal partner

A conjugal partner is a foreign national residing outside Canada who is in a conjugal relationship with a sponsor for at least one year, but could not live with the sponsor as a couple. This term applies to both heterosexual and homosexual couples. This category was established for partners of sponsors who normally would present an application as spouse or common-law partner but cannot due to circumstances beyond their control (e. g., immigration barrier, religious reasons or sexual orientation). Thus, they could not live together for a period of at least one year.

In most cases, the foreign partner is also not able to legally marry their sponsor and qualify as a spouse. In all other respects, the couple is similar to a common-law couple or a married couple, meaning they have been in a bona fide (genuine) conjugal relationship for a period of at least one year.

However, a significant degree of attachment and mutually interdependence between both partners  must be demonstrated. They must also provide proof of the obstacles or restrictions that prevent cohabitation or marriage.


Definitions of Dependent children (Types 1 and 2)

Your child or the child of your spouse or common-law partner can be considered a dependent child if that child meets the requirements of type 1 or 2 below:

TYPE 1

The child is under the age of 19 and is single (not married and not in a common-law relationship).

TYPE 2

The child is 19 years of age or older and has been financially dependent on a parent since before the age of 19 due to a physical or mental condition.

Note: The above requirements must be met on the day the Case Processing Centre receives a complete application. Whether or not they have attained the age of 19, children falling under type 1 must not be married or be involved in a common-law relationship at the time of visa issuance and when they enter Canada.

If I live outside Canada, may I sponsor?

If you are a Canadian citizen, you may sponsor a spouse, a common-law partner or conjugal partner, or a dependent child who has no children of his or her own. However, you must demonstrate that you will live in Canada when the sponsored person becomes a permanent resident.

Note: Permanent residents residing abroad may not sponsor from outside of Canada. Canadian citizens travelling as tourists are not considered to be residing abroad.


Sponsorship eligibility

In order to sponsor, you must…

  • be 18 years of age or older,
  • be a Canadian citizen, Registered Indian or permanent resident,
  • be sponsoring a member of the family Class,
  • live in Canada or provide evidence, if you are a Canadian citizen living outside of Canada, that you will live in Canada once the person you are sponsoring becomes a permanent resident.
  • sign an agreement with your spouse or common-law partner confirming that each of you understands your obligations and responsibilities,
  • sign an undertaking promising to provide for your spouse or common-law partner’s basic requirements and, if applicable, those of his or her dependent children,
  • prove that you have sufficient income to provide basic requirements for your spouse or common-law partner’s dependent children. To do this, you must provide documents showing your financial resources for the past 12 months. This requirement applies only when dependent children who have dependent children of their own are included on the application.

You may NOT sponsor if you…

  • signed an undertaking for a previous spouse or common-law partner and three years have not elapsed since he or she became a permanent resident and,
  • receive social assistance for a reason other than disability,
  • are in default of an undertaking, an immigration loan, a performance bond, or family support payments, For more information. See Defaults below.
  • are an undischarged bankrupt,
  • were convicted of an offence of a sexual nature, a violent criminal offence, an offence against a relative that results in bodily harm or an attempt or threat to commit any such offences—depending on circumstances such as the nature of the offence, how long ago it occurred and whether a pardon was issued
    For more information. See Sponsorship Bar for Violent Crime
  • were previously sponsored as a spouse , common-law or conjugal partner and became a permanent resident of Canada less than 5 years ago,
    For more information. See Five-year Sponsorship Bar
  • are under a removal order,
  • are detained in a penitentiary, jail, reformatory or prison,
  • have already applied to sponsor your current spouse or common-law partner and a decision on your application has not yet been made.

Defaults

You are not eligible to sponsor if you are in default of a previous undertaking. If you are in default and you submit an application to sponsor, it will be refused and the sponsorship fees that you have paid will not be refunded or applied to subsequent sponsorship applications.

If you are in default of a previous sponsorship undertaking

Relatives you sponsored in the past received social assistance or welfare while the undertaking was valid.

You may not sponsor until you repay the full amount of any social assistance or welfare payment or repay the debt to the satisfaction of the government authority that issued the benefit or ordered you to pay.

If you are in default of an immigration loan

You received a transportation, assistance or Right of Permanent Residence Fee (previously called the Right of Landing Fee) loan and have missed payments or are in arrears.

You may not sponsor until you pay all arrears on your loan. For more information, contact Collection Services at 1‑800‑667‑7301 (in Canada and the United States only).

If you are in default of support payment obligations

You were ordered by a court to make support payments to a spouse or child and have neglected to do so.

You may not sponsor until you resolve the family support matter.

If you are in default of a performance bond

You agreed to pay money to guarantee that an immigrant would fulfil his or her obligations under immigration legislation.

You may not sponsor until you pay the full amount of the bond.


Provincial Authorities Contact Information

If the person you sponsor or a member of his family receives financial support under a federal, provincial or municipal assistance program during the validity of the agreement, you will be deemed in default of your obligations.

If you need information about how to repay the money owed, contact the corresponding provincial office listed below. The services offered by these offices are available during local business hours only.

  • British Columbia
    Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
    Sponsorship Default Coordinator
    P.O. Box 9950 STN PROV GOVT
    Victoria, BC V8W 9R3
    1 (866) 866-0800

  • Quebec
    Centre de service du recouvrement
    1415 Jarry St. Est, Suite 400
    Montréal, QC H2E 3B4
    Telephone: 1 (514) 873-4362
    Fax: 1 (514) 352-2395

  • Alberta
    Alberta Human Services
    Income Support Contact Centre
    Telephone: 1 (866) 644-5135
    Edmonton: 1 (780) 644-5135

  • Newfoundland and Labrador
    Department of Social Services
    P.O. Box 8700
    St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6
    Telephone: 1 (709) 729-0583

  • Saskatchewan
    Department of Community Resources and
    Employment
    Saskatchewan Social Services
    1920 Broad Street, 11th Floor
    Regina, SK S4P 3V6
    Telephone: 1 (306) 787-1388

  • New Brunswick
    Department of Social Development
    P.O. Box 6000
    Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
    Telephone: 1 (506) 453-2001

  • Manitoba
    Family Services
    203 South Railway Street East
    Killarney, MB R0K 1G0
    Telephone: 1 (877) 812-0014

  • Nova Scotia
    Department of Community Services
    P.O. Box 696
    Halifax, NS B3J 2T7
    Telephone: 1 (902) 424-4262

  • Ontario
    Ministry of Community and Social Services
    Overpayment Recovery Unit
    Box 333
    Toronto, ON M7A 1N3
    Toll free: 1 (888) 346-5184
    Fax: 1 (416) 212-7707

  • Prince Edward Island
    Department of Social Services and Seniors
    11 Kent Street, 2nd floor
    P.O. Box 2000
    Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
    Telephone: 1 (902) 368-6369
    Fax: 1 (902) 894-0242


Sponsors living in Quebec

The province of Quebec is responsible for determining whether sponsors living in the province have the financial ability to sponsor family members and the length of the undertaking.

Sponsors living in Quebec or currently outside Canada but who intend to reside in Quebec upon their return must only complete the Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344), the Sponsor Questionnaire (IMM 5540) and provide the required documents. Sponsored persons who intend to reside with their sponsor in Quebec are not required to sign the IMM 1344.

If the federal eligibility requirements are met, the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC-M) will send the sponsor a letter with instructions to download MIDI’s undertaking kit, then to complete and submit it to the MIDI with a copy of the letter from CPC-M.

For more information on Quebec’s requirements, you may call MIDI’s general information line at 514-864-9191 or 1-877-864-9191 or consult their website.


Length of Undertaking

Your obligations as a sponsor begin when your family members enter Canada to remain as permanent residents. The table below will help you determine how long your undertaking will be valid.

Spouse or your common-law or conjugal partner

Length of undertaking is three years after that person becomes a permanent resident.

Dependent child or a dependent child of your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner and is 22 years of age or over on the day he or she becomes a permanent resident

Length of undertaking is three years after that child becomes a permanent resident.

Dependent child or a dependent child of your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner and is under 22 years of age on the day he or she becomes a permanent resident

Length of undertaking is 10 years after that child becomes a permanent resident or on the day that child reaches age 25, whichever comes first.

Note: If payments from the federal, provincial or municipal assistance program are made to your relative while the undertaking is in effect, you will be considered in default.


What will the person I want to sponsor have to do?

The person you want to sponsor (and their family members if applicable) will have to:

  • sign the Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344), except if Quebec will be the province of residence,
  • complete the forms included with The Immigrant’s Guide (IMM 3999) and provide appropriate documentation in support of their application,
  • undergo a medical examination prior to submitting the application (results are valid for 12 months),
  • pass criminal and security verifications,
  • obtain a passport and, in some countries, an exit visa
  • attend an interview at a Canadian visa office, if required.

Note: The person you want to sponsor should not quit their job or sell their assets until they have received their permanent resident visa. All family members, whether or accompanying or not, will have to complete a medical examination.


Suspension of Process

If any of the proceedings listed below apply to you and you submit a sponsorship application to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC-M), your application will not be processed until a final decision on that proceeding is made.

  • You have been charged with an offence that is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 10 years.
  • You are subject to a report that would render you inadmissible to Canada
  • You are the subject of an application to revoke your citizenship
  • You are the subject of a certificate signed by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Solicitor General of Canada stating you are inadmissible on grounds of security, human or international rights violation, serious criminality or organized criminality
  • You are appealing the loss of your permanent resident status

May I cancel my undertaking?

If you change your mind about sponsoring your spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent children, you must inform CPC-M at CPCM-EXTCOM@cic.gc.ca of your decision to withdraw your undertaking before the visa office issues permanent resident visas. You must clearly state your name, date of birth and Universal Client Identification (UCI) /Client ID number, if know, in all correspondences.

Once permanent resident visas are issued, the promise you and your co-signer, if applicable, made to support your family is valid for the term of your undertaking.

Note: The undertaking is an unconditional promise of support. For example, the granting of Canadian citizenship, divorce, separation or relationship breakdown or moving to another province does not cancel the undertaking. It also remains in effect if your financial situation deteriorates.


What if I do not meet the sponsorship requirements?

If you do not qualify as a sponsor and chose to withdraw your sponsorship application, you will be refunded the fees for processing the application for a permanent resident visa and any Right of Permanent Residence Fees you have paid. There will be no decision on the application for permanent residence of the person you are sponsoring and you will not have a right of appeal. You could then resolve the situation leading to your ineligibility and reapply at a later date.

If you do not qualify as a sponsor and have not notified CPC-M of your intent to withdraw, the application of the person you are sponsoring will be processed. The visa office will likely refuse the application for permanent residence and inform you in writing of your right to appeal.

Note: You can notify CPC-M of your intent by checking the appropriate box on your Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344). See instructions on how to complete the form for additional details.


Why might the application of the person I want to sponsor be refused?

CIC may refuse an application for permanent residence for the following reasons:

  • the relationship between you and your family members is not genuine or has been entered into for immigration purposes only. For example, you married or entered into a common-law or conjugal partner relationship primarily to obtain permanent residence in Canada;
  • you do not meet the financial requirements, if applicable;
  • the person you want to sponsor and their family members have not provided the required documents, including proof that they have undergone a medical examination;
  • the person you wish to sponsor is not a member of the family class;
  • the person you wish to sponsor or their family members are inadmissible for having a criminal record or a serious illness.

What if the application of the person I want to sponsor is refused?

If the person you want to sponsor is not a member of the family class, his or her application for permanent residence will be refused.

If the person you want to sponsor does not meet the eligibility requirements or admissibility criteria for the family class, his or her application will be refused. The visa office will inform him or her of the reasons for the refusal and you will have the right to appeal the decision.

For more information read section What Happens Next.


Step 1. Gather Documents

What documents are required?

Use the Document Checklist (IMM 5491) which you can find in this package to assist you in gathering the necessary documentation.

Important information. If you do not provide all the requested information or documents, the processing of your application could be delayed.


Translation of documents

Any document that is not in English or French must be accompanied by:

  • the English or French translation; and
  • an affidavit from the person who completed the translation; and
  • a certified copy of the original document.

Note: An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in the presence of a commissioner authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the translator is living, that the contents of their translation are a true translation and representation of the contents of the original document. Translators who are certified members in good standing of one of the provincial or territorial organizations of translators and interpreters of Canada do not need to supply an affidavit.

Important information. Translations by family members are not acceptable.


Certified true copies

To have a photocopy of a document certified, an authorized person must compare the original document to the photocopy and must print the following on the photocopy:

  • “I certify that this is a true copy of the original document”,
  • the name of the original document,
  • the date of the certification,
  • his or her name,
  • his or her official position or title, and
  • his or her signature.

Who can certify copies?

Persons authorized to certify copies include the following:

In Canada:

  • a commissioner of oaths (authority to certify varies by province and territory)
  • a notary public
  • a justice of the peace

Outside Canada:

  • a judge
  • a magistrate
  • a notary public
  • an officer of a court of justice
  • a commissioner authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the person is living

Family members may not certify copies of your documents.


Step 2. Complete the Application

Filling out the application

The following are the forms that must be filled out and submitted:

Important information. It is a serious offence to give false or misleading information on these forms. The information you provide on your application is subject to verification.


Be complete and accurate

Complete all sections. If a section does not apply to you, write “Not Applicable” or “NA”. If information or documents are missing, your entire application will be returned to you. You will need to re-submit your application with the missing information or documents.

If you need more space for any section, print out an additional page containing the appropriate section, complete it and submit it along with your application.


Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344)

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • the sponsor,
  • the co-signer, if applicable
  • the principal applicant.


Note

Completing the form

You must answer all the questions on this application form unless indicated otherwise.

1. Download and fill out the application form on a computer.

You also have the option of saving your form and completing it later.

2. Once the application is completed, click on the Validate button located at the top or bottom of the form.

A barcode page like the one below will be generated:

Sample Barcodes

Note: This barcode page will not appear if you fill out your application by hand.

3. Print all pages of your application form.

4. Sign and date in the spaces provided.

5. Place the barcode page on top of your application (forms and supporting documents) when you submit it.


Part 1: Application to Sponsor and Undertaking

Question 1

Check one box to indicate how you wish to proceed if you do not meet the sponsorship requirements.

  • If you check the box to withdraw your sponsorship application then
    • the sponsorship application will not be processed. All fees will be refunded, except for the $75 sponsorship fee.
  • If you check the box to proceed with the application for permanent residence then
    • the sponsorship application will be refused. None of the fees will be refunded.

Note: Check “proceed with the application for permanent residence” if you submit an undertaking of assistance to support the permanent residence application of a family member or close relative on Humanitarian and compassionate considerations.

Question 2

Would you like to receive your correspondence in French or English?

Question 3

Check one box to indicate if you have a co-signer or not.

Only your spouse or common-law partner can co-sign this application.

Note: If you are sponsoring your spouse or common-law partner, you cannot have a co-signer.

Question 4

Write the following details about the principal applicant you are sponsoring:

  • Family name(s) (surname)
  • Given name(s) (first, second or more)

Note: If you are sponsoring a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, write:

  • your Family name(s) and
  • “Child” in the given name field or leave it blank.
Question 5

Indicate the principal applicant’s date of birth. If the complete date of birth is unknown, use “*” (star sign/asterisk) to fill in the spaces for the year, month or day, where applicable.

Question 6
  1. Indicate the nature of your relationship to the principal applicant:
    • Spouse
    • Common-law partner
    • Conjugal partner
    • Child
    • Grandchild
    • Parent
    • Adoptive parent
    • Other
  2. If you chose Other, provide details (i.e., brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, etc.).
  3. If you are a conjugal partner, provide the date you entered into that conjugal relationship.
Sponsor Personal Details
Question 1

Full name

Indicate your family name(s) (surname) exactly as it appears on your passport or travel document (even if the name is misspelled). Do not use initials.

Note: If you do not have a family name on your passport or travel document, enter all your given name(s) here and leave the given name field blank.

Write all of your given name(s) (first, second, or more) exactly as it appears on your passport or travel document (even if the name is misspelled). Do not use initials.

Note: If you do not have a given name on your passport or travel document, leave this field blank.

Question 2

Nickname/Alias

Check the box to indicate if you ever used any other name. This could include your birth name, maiden name, married name, nickname, etc.

If you checked “Yes”, indicate any other family name(s) that you have ever used.

If you checked “Yes”, indicate any other given name(s) (first, second, or more) that you have ever used.

Question 3

Indicate your sex.

Question 4

Indicate your date of birth. If your complete date of birth is unknown, use “*” (star sign/asterisk) to fill in the spaces for the year, month or day, where applicable.

Question 5

Indicate your city or town of birth.

Indicate your country of birth.

Question 6

Indicate your status in Canada:

  • Canadian citizen by birth
  • Canadian citizen by descent (citizenship through a parent)
  • Naturalized Canadian citizen (after immigrating to Canada)
  • Permanent resident
Question 7

If you are a permanent resident or a naturalized Canadian citizen (i.e., you came to Canada as a permanent resident and were later granted Canadian citizenship), provide:

  1. The date on which you obtained this status (whichever is more recent)
  2. Your UCI (Unique Client Identifier)/Client ID number)
  3. Check the box to indicate if your actual full name is the same as when you became a permanent resident. If you checked “No”, provide your full name (family name(s) and given(s) name(s)) at the time you became permanent resident.
Question 8
  1. Indicate your current marital status:
    Annulled Marriage:

    This is a marriage that is legally declared invalid. An annulment can also be a declaration by the Catholic Church that the marital union did not have a binding force.

    Common-Law:

    This means that you have lived continuously with your partner in a marital-type relationship for a minimum of one year.

    Divorced:

    This means that you are officially separated and have legally ended your marriage.

    Legally Separated:

    This means that you are married, but no longer living with your spouse.

    Married:

    This means that you and your spouse have had a ceremony that legally binds you to each other. Your marriage must be legally recognized in the country where it was performed and in Canada.

    Single:

    This means that you have never been married and are not in a common-law relationship.

    Widowed:
    This means that your spouse has died and that you have not re-married or entered into a common-law relationship.
  2. Enter the date (year, month, day) you were married or you entered into your current common-law relationship.

    Note: This is the date your status officially changed from being single to common-law, not the date you started living together.

  3. Write the family name(s) and given name(s) of your current spouse or common-law partner.

Question 9

Check the box to indicate whether you have previously been married or in a common-law relationship. If you checked “Yes”, provide:

  • Family name(s)
  • Given name(s)
  • Type of relationship:
    • Common-law or
    • Married
  • Dates (From – To) for which you were in the relationship with your previous spouse/common-law partner.
Sponsor Contact Information
Question 1

Indicate your current mailing address (where information should be mailed):

  • Post Office Box (P.O. Box) number, if applicable. If you do not indicate post office box, the Street number must be provided
  • Apartment (Apt.) or Unit, if applicable
  • Street number (No), if applicable. This must be provided if you did not indicate in a P.O. Box
  • Street name, if applicable
  • City or Town
  • From the list, select the Country of your current mailing address
  • Province or State
  • Postal code/zip code
  • District, if applicable

Note: All correspondence will go to this address unless you indicate your e-mail address.

If you wish to have a representative who can conduct business on your behalf, you must provide their address in this section and on the Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) form.

For more information read the “Use of Representative” section in this guide.

Question 2

Check the box to indicate whether your residential address (where you live) is the same as your mailing address. If “No”, indicate the following information:

  • Apartment (Apt.) or Unit, if applicable
  • Street Number (No.)
  • Street Name
  • City or Town
  • Country
  • Province or State
  • Postal Code/zip code
  • District, if applicable
Question 3

Check the appropriate box to indicate if the telephone number is from Canada/the United States (US) or Other (any other country).

Indicate the type of telephone:

  • Residence (home)
  • Cellular (cell/mobile)
  • Business (work)

Write your telephone number including the country code, area/regional codes, etc.

If you have an extension number, write it after your phone number under “Ext.

Question 4

Check the appropriate box to indicate if your additional telephone number is from Canada/the United States or Other (any other country).

Indicate the type of telephone:

  • Residence (home)
  • Cellular (cell/mobile)
  • Business (work)

Write your telephone number including the country code, area/regional codes, etc.

If you have an extension number, write it after your phone number under “Ext.

Question 5

Check the appropriate box to indicate if the facsimile (fax) number is from Canada and United States or Other (any other country).

If applicable, write your facsimile (fax) number, including country code, area/regional codes, etc.

Question 6

If applicable, write your e-mail address using a format similar to the following: name@provider.net

Note: By indicating your e-mail address, you are hereby authorizing Citizenship and Immigration Canada to transmit all correspondence, including your file and personal information to this specific e-mail address.


Note
Sponsor Residency Declaration

This section is to be completed only if you are a Canadian citizen living exclusively outside of Canada and sponsoring a spouse, a common-law or conjugal partner, and/or dependent children who have no children of their own.

You must check the appropriate box to confirm where (Canadian province, territory or the province of Quebec) you intend to live should your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner and (or) dependent children become permanent residents.


Note
Sponsor Eligibility Assessment
Question 1-18

Check “Yes” or “No” in the appropriate boxes.

Note: Sponsors residing in Quebec (or who intend to) do not need to answer questions 8, 9, 10 and 15.

  • If you answer “No” to questions 1 to 3
    • You are not eligible to be a sponsor. You should not submit an application.
  • If you answer “No” to question 4, but are a Canadian citizen living exclusively outside Canada
    • You may submit a sponsorship for your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner and children who have no children of their own.
    • You must, however, come to Canada to reside with the sponsored person. If this is your situation, complete the section “Residency Declaration”.
  • If you answer “Yes” to any question between 5 and 15
    • You are not eligible to be a sponsor. You should not submit an application.
  • If you answer “Yes” to questions 13, 16, 17 or 18
    • provide the details including date and place, and
    • read the section “Suspension of processing” for situations where processing may be suspended.

Note
Co-Signer Personal Details

The questions under “Co-signer Personal Details” are the same as in “Sponsor Personal Details”, except for question 8.

Follow the previous instructions to answer the questions for the co-signer.

Note: Remember that all questions in this section are about the co-signer.

Co-Signer Contact Information
Question 1

Check the appropriate box to indicate if the telephone number is from Canada/the United States (US) or Other (any other country).

Indicate the type of telephone:

  • Residence (home)
  • Cellular (cell/mobile)
  • Business (work)

Write your telephone number including the country code, area/regional codes, etc.

If you have an extension number, write it after your phone number under “Ext.

Question 2

Check the appropriate box to indicate if your additional telephone number is from Canada/the United States or Other (any other country).

Indicate the type of telephone:

  • Residence (home)
  • Cellular (cell/mobile)
  • Business (work)

Write your telephone number including the country code, area/regional codes, etc.

If you have an extension number, write it after your phone number under “Ext.
Question 3
Check the appropriate box to indicate if the facsimile (fax) number is from Canada and United States or Other (any other country).

If applicable, write your facsimile (fax) number, including country code, area/regional codes, etc.

Question 4

If applicable, write your e-mail address using a format similar to the following: name@provider.net

Note: By indicating your e-mail address, you are hereby authorizing Citizenship and Immigration Canada to transmit all correspondence, including your file and personal information to this specific e-mail address.


Note
Co-Signer Residency Declaration

This section is to be completed only if you are a Canadian citizen living exclusively outside of Canada and sponsoring dependent children who have no children of their own.

You must check the appropriate box to confirm where (Canadian province, territory or the province of Quebec) you intend to live should your dependent children become permanent residents.


Note
Co-Signer Eligbility Assessment
Question 1-15

Check “Yes” or “No” in the appropriate boxes.

Note: Co-signers residing in Quebec (or who intend to) do not need to answer questions 5, 6, 7 and 12.

  • If you answer “No” to questions 1 or 2
    • Then you are not eligible to be a sponsor. You should not submit an application.
  • If you answer “No” to question 3, but are a Canadian citizen living exclusively outside Canada
    • Then you may submit a sponsorship for your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner and children who have no children of their own.
    • You must, however, come to Canada to reside with the sponsored person. If this is your situation, complete the section “Residency Declaration”.
  • If you answer “Yes” to any question between 4 and 12
    • Then you are not eligible to be a co-signer. You should not co-sign this application.
  • If you answer “Yes” to any questions between 13 and 15
    • Then provide the details including date and place, and
    • Then read the section “Suspension of processing” for situations where processing may be suspended.


Important information

Undertaking by Sponsor and Co-Signer, if applicable

This section outlines what your role and responsibilities will be by submitting this application.


Part 2: Sponsorship Agreement

Obligations of the Sponsor and, if applicable, the Co-Signer; and Obligations of the Person to be Sponsored

All parties (sponsor, co-signer and person to be sponsored) must read the obligations carefully.


Note
Declaration

Read the declaration statement carefully before signing.

By signing, you certify that you fully understand the questions asked, and that the information you have provided is complete, accurate and factual.

You understand that any false or misleading statement may be grounds for prosecution and the removal of the person you are sponsoring and his or her family members from Canada.

By signing this form, you also declare that you will provide immediately any change of address and or any other information changed on the application by calling the Call Centre or notifying us in writing


Note
Signatures

In this section, the sponsor must sign and date the application form or it will be returned.

The spouse or common-law partner (if co-signer), must also sign and date the application or it will be returned.

The sponsored person (principal applicant), must also sign and date the application or it will be returned.


Sponsorship Evaluation – (IMM 5481)

Who completes this form?

The sponsor completes this form.

The Sponsorship Evaluation will help us assess your past and current obligations with respect to previous sponsorship undertakings that you have signed or co-signed. This form, and the supporting documents you will be sending with your application, will help us determine whether you meet the residency requirement and whether you have the ability to support the applicant.

Note: You must not use this form if you or your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner has a dependent child who has child of his own. You must obtain and complete a Financial Evaluation (IMM 1283), available on our website.

Quebec residents do not need to complete this form.

  1. Write your full name, including family name, maiden name (if applicable), and all given names.
  2. Check the box that best describes your current situation:
    1. Unemployed
    2. Employed (i.e. you are working for an employer and are paid a salary, wages or a commission for your services)
    3. Self-employed (i.e. you have your own business, practice a trade or profession and conduct activities for profit)
  3. Write your net personal income for the 12 months preceding the date of your application. Also write the dates of that 12-month period.
  4. You are included in the count by default. Go to section 5.
  5. Details of current and previous undertakings. Write the number of persons included in undertakings in effect and not yet in effect. If you have signed undertakings in the past, you must provide some details about them. Follow the instructions on the form and be specific.
  6. Write the number of persons for whom you are financially responsible but who are not listed in sections 5A and 5B, if applicable.
  7. Add the number of persons listed in sections 4, 5 and 6. Write the total in the box provided.

Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM 5409)

Who must complete this form?

This form must be completed and signed by the sponsor and common-law partner, only if the latter is a co-signer on the application


Write the following information in the space provided:

  • Country
  • Province/state/territory
  • name of the declarant
  • name of the declarant’s partner
  • name of city, town, village
  • name of county (if applicable)
  • name of province/state/territory
  • name of the country
  • number of continuous year(s) in a conjugal relationship
  • date of the relationship (from-to)
Question 1A

Check the box to indicate if you have jointly signed a residential lease, mortgage or purchase agreement relating to a residence in which you both live.

Question 1B

Check the box to indicate if you have jointly owned property other than your residence.

Question 1C

Check the box to indicate if you have joint bank, trust credit union or charge card accounts.

Question 1D

Check the box to indicate if you have declared your common-law union under the Canadian Income Tax Act ( T-1 “General individual income Tax Return”)

Question 2

Check the box to indicate if you have life insurance on yourself which names your common-law partner as beneficiary.

Question 3

Check the box to indicate if your common-law partner has life insurance on him/herself which names you as beneficiary.

Question 4

If you answered “NO” to questions 1 to 3, indicate other documentary evidence you have that would indicate your relationship as common-law partners

Question 5

SOLEMN DECLARATION

Write the following information in the space provided:

  • name of declarant
  • name of declarant partner
  • name of the city, town, village
  • name of the county
  • name of the province /state/territory
  • name of the country
  • date (day, month, year)
  • signature of the declarant
  • signature of the declarant
  • name of the Commissioner of Oaths
  • signature of the Commissioner of Oaths

Sponsor Questionnaire (IMM 5540)

Who must complete this form?

This form must be completed by the person who is either sponsoring a spouse, a common-law partner or a conjugal partner.


General Information

  • This form must be completed and submitted with your application if you are sponsoring a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner.
  • Be complete and factual. Failure to provide this information may delay processing and could result in a refusal.
  • If there is not enough space to fully answer a question, provide details on additional sheets of paper. Make sure you write your name, the form’s title and the number or letter of the question you are answering.
  • You must answer all questions that apply to you. If a section does not apply to you, write “Not applicable” or N/A.

Questionnaire

Question 1

Write your full name :

  • Family name
  • Given name
Question 2

Write your date of birth

Question 3

List all the languages you speak

Question 4

Provide the following details about your father and mother:

  • Family name
  • Given name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
Question 5

Check the appropriate box to indicate your highest level of education and provide the number of years of study completed.

Question 6

Check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’ to indicate if you are currently employed.

Question 7

Give details about your current and previous employers within the past five (5) years:

  • Dates of employment
  • Employer (name, address and phone number)
  • Your occupation/position in the company
  • Your monthly salary
Question 8

Check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’ to indicate if you have resided in countries other than Canada.

If you answer ‘‘Yes’’, provide the following details:

  • Country
  • Address and telephone numbers (in the country where you lived)
  • Period of residence
Question 9

Check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’ to indicate if you are a naturalized Canadian or a permanent resident.

If you answer ‘‘Yes’’, provide the date on which you became a permanent resident.

Question 10

Check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’ to indicate if you were sponsored to come to Canada.

If you answer ‘‘Yes’’, provide the date on which you became a permanent resident and the type of sponsorship (i.e. spousal, parents, dependent child, etc.)

Question 11

Check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’ to indicate if you are currently living in Canada.

If you answer ‘‘Yes’’, indicate since when and provide your current address in Canada.

If you answer ‘‘No’’, provide the following information:

  • When you plan to return
  • Where you plan on residing
  • Proof of your intention to return and establish yourself in Canada
Question 12

Check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’ to indicate if you are living with someone.

If you answer ‘‘Yes’’, provide the following information about that person:

  • Name
  • Relationship to you
Question 13

Check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’ to indicate if your friends and family know of your relationship with your spouse/partner.

If you answer ‘‘No’’, explain why they do not know.

Question 14

Check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’ to indicate if your spouse/partner has met your close friends of family.

If you answer ‘‘No’’, explain why.

Question 15

Check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’ to indicate if you have children.

If you answer ‘‘Yes’’, provide the following information about them in section A:

  • Name
  • Relationship to you
  • Date of birth

In section B, if any of your children do not live with you, give details about:

  • Your formal or informal visitation rights
  • How often you visit them or they visit you
  • How you financially support them

In section C, check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’ to indicate if your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner has met your children.

If you answer ‘‘No’’, explain why.

Question 16

Check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’ to indicate if you have ever submitted a sponsorship application for another person.

If you answer ‘‘Yes’’, provide the following details:

  • Family name
  • Given name
  • Date of birth
  • Relationship to you
Question 17

Check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’ to indicate if you have ever been married, in a common-law or conjugal relationship.

If you answer ‘‘Yes’’, provide the following details:

  • Family name
  • Given name
  • Date of birth
  • Address (number and street, city or town and country)
  • Length of relationship
  • Date of separation
  • Date of divorce/ death (attach divorce papers or death certificate)

Note. Do not forget to sign the form and write the date.

Use of a Representative (IMM 5476)

Who may use this form?

Complete this form only if you:

  • used the services of a representative to help you prepare or submit your application; or
  • are appointing a representative; or
  • are cancelling a representative’s appointment.

If you have dependent children aged 18 years or older, they are required to complete their own copy of this form if a representative is also conducting business on their behalf.

Your spouse or common-law partner does not have to complete a separate request and must sign in the box provided under question 10.

What is a representative?

A representative is someone who has provided advice, consultation, or guidance to you at any stage of the immigration application process, or in an immigration proceeding. If someone represented or advised you to help you submit your application, then that person is your representative. A representative is also someone who has your permission to conduct business on your behalf of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

When you appoint a representative:

  • you also authorize CIC and CBSA to share information from your case file with this person;
  • your application will not be given special attention nor can you expect faster processing or a more favourable outcome;
  • the representative is authorized to represent you only on immigration matters related to the application you submit with this form;
  • you can appoint only one (1) representative for each application you submit;
  • you are not obliged to hire a representative. We treat everyone equally, whether they use the service of a representative or not.

Important information. You must notify us if your representative’s contact information changes or if you cancel the appointment of a representative.

Types of representatives

Family, friends, and non-profit groups often help applicants who feel the need for support and advice on immigration matters. You can appoint a representative who does not charge fees or receive any other compensation for providing immigration advice or services to represent you before CIC or the CBSA.

There are two (2) types of representatives.

Uncompensated representatives include:

  • friends and family members who do not, and will not, charge a fee or receive any other consideration for their advice and services;
  • organizations that do not, and will not, charge a fee or receive any other consideration for providing immigration advice or assistance (such as a non-governmental or religious organization);
  • consultants, lawyers and Quebec notaries, and students-at-law under their supervision, who do not, and will not, charge a fee or receive any other consideration to represent you.

Compensated representatives:

Compensated representatives charge a fee or receive some other form of consideration in exchange for the advice and representation that they provide. If you want us to conduct business with a compensated representative then they must be authorized by CIC.

Note: If an immigration representative is being paid or compensated by someone other than the applicant, then the representative is still considered to be a compensated representative.

It is important to know that anyone who represents or advises you for payment — or offers to do so — in connection with immigration proceedings or applications is breaking the law unless they are an authorized representative or they have a specific agreement or arrangement with the Government of Canada that allows them to represent or advise you. This applies to advice or consultation which happens before or after an immigration application is made or a proceeding begins.

Authorized representatives are:

  • immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC);
  • lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society and students-at-law under their supervision;
  • notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec and students-at-law under their supervision.

If you appoint a compensated representative who is not a member of one of these designated bodies, your application will be returned. For more information on using a representative, visit our website.

General Application Information

  • Check one box to indicate if you are appointing or cancelling the appointment of a representative.
  • Check both boxes and complete all sections if you are cancelling a representative and appointing a new one at the same time.

Section A – Applicant Information

Question 1

Write your last name (surname or family name) and given name(s).

Question 2

Write your date of birth.

Question 3

If you have already submitted your application, write:

  • the name of office where the application was submitted;
  • location of office;
  • type of application you are sending.
Question 4

Write your Citizenship and Immigration Canada Identification (ID) or Unique Client Identifier (UCI) number (if known).

Section B – Appointment of Representative

Question 5

Write your representative’s full name.

If your representative is a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), a law society or the Chambre des notaires du Québec, print his or her name as it appears on the organization’s membership list.

Question 6

Check one box to indicate if your representative is unpaid or paid.

If your representative is paid, write the membership ID number of:

  • the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC); or
  • a Canadian provincial or territorial law society; or
  • the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
Question 7

Write your representative’s contact information.

Note: By indicating your representative’s e-mail address, you are hereby authorizing CIC to transmit your file and personal information to this specific e-mail address.

Question 8

To accept responsibility for conducting business on your behalf, your representative must:

  • sign the declaration
  • date the declaration, and
  • include the Party ID, only if it is known.

Section C – Cancel the Appointment of a Representative

Question 9

Fill in this section if you wish to cancel the appointment of a representative. Write the representative’s full name.

Section D – Your Declaration

Question 10

By signing, you authorize CIC to complete your request for yourself and your dependent children under 18 years of age.

If your spouse or common-law partner is included in this request, he or she must sign in the box provided.

Release of information to other individuals

To authorize CIC to release information from your case file to someone other than a representative, you will need to complete the form Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (IMM 5475) (PDF, 1.75 MB). The form is also available from Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates abroad.

The person you designate will be able to obtain information on your case file, such as the status of your application. However, they will not be able to conduct business on your behalf with CIC.


Step 3. Pay the Fees

Fee

Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid (all fees are in Canadian dollars). Fees must be included with this application.


Calculating the fees

Use the tables below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid. There are two (2) types of fees:

1. The processing fee which must be included with your application.

Processing fees Number of persons Amount per person Amount due
Sponsor 1 $75 $75
Principal applicant 1 $475  
Dependent child aged under 19 who is the principal applicant, unmarried and not in a common-law relationship 1 $75  
Dependent child aged 19 or older who is the principal applicant and has been unable to be financially self-supporting since before the age of 19 due to a physical or mental condition   $475  
Dependent child aged under 19, unmarried and not in a common-law relationship   $150  
Dependent child aged 19 or older who has been unable to be financially self-supporting since before the age of 19 due to a physical or mental condition   $150  
Total payment  

2. The Right of Permanent Residence Fee, which will be requested by CIC at a later stage if your application is approved.

Note. We strongly recommend paying the Right of Permanent Residence Fee along with your processing fees. By doing so, it will reduce the processing time of your application.

Right of Permanent Residence Fee Number of persons Amount per person Amount Due
Principal applicant (Spouse/common-law partner) 1 x $ 490 $ 490
Total Payment:  

Note: Dependent children are exempt from paying the Right of Permanent Residence fee.


Residents of Quebec

If you are a resident of Quebec, you will need to pay an additional processing fee to the province of Quebec when you submit your undertaking to MIDI. For more information about Quebec provincial processing fees, visit the MIDI website. Do not include this fee with this sponsorship application.


Incorrect fee payment

Payment issue - No fee included

CIC will return your application.

Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with the requested fees.

Payment issue - Insufficient fees included

CIC will return your application.

Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with the requested fees.

Payment issue - Overpayment

CIC will:

  • start processing your application, and
  • send you a refund as soon as possible.

Note: You do not have to request a refund, it will be done automatically.

Payment issue – Expired payment

For expired certified cheques, bank drafts and money orders only. CIC will return your application.

Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with requested fees.


Payment method options

Payment of fees online is the preferred method of payment.

On line fee payment

Resources required

You can pay your fees on line if you have:

  • a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express);
  • access to a computer with an Internet connection;
  • a valid e-mail address, and
  • access to a printer (you will need to print the receipt).

Instructions

Follow these step-by-step instructions to pay using the Internet.

  • Go to Pay my fees online at the CIC website.
  • Follow the on-line instructions.
    • At the end, click on the button to print the CIC official receipt with barcode.

Note

Note. Do not exit without printing the receipt!

  • Fill in the Payer Information Section by hand.
  • Attach the bottom portion (copy 2) of this receipt to your completed application.

Proof of payment

The receipt printed off of the Internet in step 2 of the instructions above will serve as your proof of payment.

Obtaining an original receipt form–Inside Canada

You may obtain an original receipt form (IMM 5401) by ordering through our website.


Fee payment at financial institutions

If you do not wish to pay using the Internet, payment must be made at a financial institution in Canada. The financial institution will let you know what method of payment it accepts. There is no banking charge to pay at a financial institution.


Note

The only acceptable forms of payment are on-line or through a financial institution in Canada. If you send any other form of payment your application will be returned.

Availability

For clients located inside Canada only.

Resources required

A payment receipt form (IMM 5401) can be ordered through our website.

Instructions

Follow these step-by-step instructions to pay at a financial institution in Canada.

  1. Calculate the total fee amount to be paid using the chart Calculating your fees at the beginning of this section.

  2. Fill out one (1) payment receipt form (IMM 5401).

    Important information. An original payment receipt form (pink and white) must be used. A photocopy is not acceptable.

    For more information. See: “Obtaining an original receipt form – Inside Canada” in this section.

  3. Insert the total amount paid on line 09 Citizenship or Immigration Services Fees.

    Important information. Do not complete the top two portions of the receipt. These will be completed by the financial institution.

  4. Fill in the Payer Information section on the back of the payment receipt form.

    Do you already have an open file and know the client identification number (client ID) that we have assigned to you?

    • If yes, enter the number in the box provided for that purpose.
    • If no, leave that box empty.
  5. Bring the receipt form and your payment to the teller (cashier) at the financial institution. Do not present your application, only your receipt form.

    The teller (cashier) will:

    • stamp and enter the amount paid in the upper two portions of the receipt form, and
    • give you the top two portions of the form.

    Important information. Do not make payment using the automated teller machines or on a financial institution website.

  6. The following list indicates what you should be doing with the different parts of the IMM 5401 receipt.

    • Copy 1 (top): Keep for your records.
    • Copy 2 (middle): Attach to your completed application.
    • Copy 3 (bottom): The financial institution will keep the bottom part.

Proof of payment

Completed payment receipt form (Original form IMM 5401)

Obtaining an original receipt form–Inside Canada

You may obtain an original receipt form (IMM 5401) by ordering through our website.

Fee payment for Canadian sponsors residing outside of Canada

Canadian citizens living abroad may submit a payment via bank draft or money order. However, in order to process your application, your fee payment must meet the following criteria:

  • be payable to the Receiver General for Canada;
  • be in Canadian funds
  • be cashable through a Canadian financial institution;
  • clearly indicate name, street address and account number of the financial institution in Canada where it may be cashed.
    Note: Do not provide a post office box  as an address.

Step 4. Submit the Application

Where do I apply?

Mail your completed application in a stamped envelope addressed as shown below:

*Indicate whether this is a spousal, common-law, conjugal or dependent children sponsorship.

Affix sufficient postage (top right of the envelope)
Sender (top left of the envelope)
(Your name)
(Your Address)
(Your Postal Code)
Recipient (centre of the envelope)
Sponsorship :( Type of sponsorship*)
Case Processing Centre ─ Mississauga
P.O. Box 3000, Station A
Mississauga, Ontario
L5A 4N6

If you send your application by private courier:

Sponsorship: (type of sponsorship*)
Case Processing Centre – Mississauga
2 Robert Speck Parkway,
Suite 300
Mississauga, ON
L4Z 1H8


Submit the document checklist

Make sure you use and submit the Document Checklist (IMM 5491) along with your application forms and supporting documents.
 

Note

Sign the form

The application must be signed and dated before it is submitted.

Note: If your application is not signed and dated, it will be returned to you.


What Happens Next

What happens to your application at the Case Processing Centre?

Phase: Completeness check

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) reviews your application to make sure that:

  • all required fields in your application forms are complete,
  • you submitted all required documents, including the required forms and documents of the person you are sponsoring,
  • the correct processing fee payment has been made, and
  • all of the application forms have been signed.

Phase: Eligibility Review

An officer will review your application to ensure you meet the sponsorship requirements.

Note: You will be informed by way of a letter of the results of the evaluation.

If the requirements are met:

  • the application for immigration to Canada of the person you are sponsoring will be sent to a Canadian visa office for processing.

If you are a Quebec resident and meet the federal requirements to sponsor:

  • the CIC officer will send you a letter with instructions to download the MIDI undertaking kit, to complete and submit it to the MIDI with a copy of the letter received.
  • processing will begin when MIDI informs us of their approval of your undertaking.

Phase: Selection and Admissibility

If you fail to meet the sponsorship requirements:

  • CPC-M will inform you that you have not met sponsorship requirements. If you checked the box on your  Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344) to withdraw your sponsorship application if found ineligible, no further processing will occur and all the fees will be refunded except for the $75 sponsorship fee.
  • The application of the person you are sponsoring will not be sent abroad and, therefore, will not be processed.

Note: You will not have a right of appeal.

If you are a Quebec resident and MIDI refuses your undertaking:

  • we will refund your processing fees, with the exception of the $75 sponsorship fee, provided you checked  the box on your IMM 1344 to withdraw on your sponsorship application if found to be ineligible.

In the event you do not meet the sponsorship requirements:

  • the application of the person you are sponsoring will be sent for processing at a Canadian visa office if you checked the box on your IMM 1344 to proceed with the application for permanent residence if you do not meet sponsorship requirements, and
  • you will not be entitled to a partial refund of the processing fees once processing of the application for permanent residence has begun.

Note: you will have a right to appeal. Instructions will be provided with the letter of refusal.


What if your co-signer withdraws their financial support

If your spouse or common-law partner withdraws support for the sponsorship application, you or your spouse or common-law partner must write a letter to CPC-M and the visa office before permanent resident visas are issued to the person you are sponsoring and their family members.

You must include an amended copy of your sponsorship application and agreement, initialled by you and your co-signer, removing the co-signer’s support.

We will assess your financial situation to see if you have enough money to support your family without a co-signer. If you do not meet the financial requirements on your own, the application for permanent residence will be refused.


Informing CIC of any changes

Consult the table below to know how to inform us of any changes following the submission of your application:

  • If there are any changes to your family status such as:

    • marriage;
    • divorce;
    • births;
    • deaths; or
    • any other important information.

    Inform us immediately by email at:
    CPCM-EXTCOM@cic.gc.ca

    Note: Clearly state your name, date of birth and Universal Client Identification (UCI) or file number which is found at the top of the acknowledgment letter, if you received one from CPC-M.

  • If you move

    Inform us immediately by:

    • using CIC’s on-line service. Just go to CIC’s website and follow the instructions for filling out and submitting the electronic change of address form; or
    • telephone, by contacting our Call Centre.

  • If you move from Quebec to another province in Canada

    You must fill out and sign Application to sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344).

  • If you move to Quebec from another province in Canada

    You must sign an “engagement” with the province of Quebec.


Factors that can facilitate processing

There are certain things you can do to help ensure that your application is processed as fast as possible:

  • make sure that all the documentation and information requested are provided with your application
  • advise CPC-M and the visa office of any change to your contact information. This includes:
    • mailing address
    • telephone number
    • facsimile number (fax)
    • e-mail address

Note: You must clearly state your name, date of birth and Universal Client Identification (UCI) or file number, if know, in all correspondences.


Factors that may delay processing

The following factors may delay the processing of your application:

  • missing signature on application forms
  • missing documentation
  • unclear photocopies of documents
  • documents not accompanied by a certified English or French translation
  • verification of information and documents provided
  • a medical condition that may require additional tests or consultations
  • a criminal or security problem
  • consultation is required with other offices in Canada and abroad


For more information

Current processing times

In cases of spouses, common-law partners, conjugal partners and/or dependent children, CIC is committed to issuing visas as quickly as possible.

You must send all documents, forms and fees we need to make a decision about your request.

You can obtain current processing times on our website.

Note: If your case is not routine, we may not be able to process your application within the regular service standards.



Important information

Updating your contact information

During the application process, you must advise us of any change of address or telephone number. You can do this by going to Change of address or by consulting the How to contact CIC section at the end of this guide.

Note: If your personal situation changes (for example change of marital status, birth of a child, or you wish to withdraw your sponsorship, etc.) after you have submitted your application, you must contact us.


Checking application status on line

You can check the status of your application on-line by doing the following:

  1. Go to Check application status on the CIC website.
  2. Follow the instructions provided.

Note:  Your application status will only appear on-line once the application is received and the initial review by CIC is completed.

To obtain details on how to remove your application status information from the Internet, visit the Help Centre section.


Protecting your information

Your personal information is:

  • only available to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) employees who need to see it in order to provide the services to you, and
  • not disclosed to anyone else except as permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act.

For more information. You can obtain additional information on the protection of your data by visiting the Help Centre on our website.


Quality Assurance Program

Our quality assurance program randomly selects applications for a special review. If selected you will be asked to attend an interview with a Citizenship and Immigration official so that we can:

  • verify the documentation you submitted is accurate,
  • verify that your application has been completed properly.

Note: You will be notified in writing should your application be selected.


Online services

For more information on the programs offered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, visit our website.


How to contact CIC

Within Canada

CIC Call Centre:

1 888 242-2100 (toll-free)

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time

If you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, or you have a speech impediment and use a text telephone, you can access the TTY service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. your local time by calling: 1-888-576-8502 (in Canada only).

Outside Canada

Contact a visa office at a Canadian:

  • Embassy,
  • High Commission or
  • Consulate

Consult the local phone pages or the CIC website for addresses, phone numbers and website addresses.

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