Sponsorship of adopted children and other relatives — The sponsor’s guide (IMM 5196 Temp)

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.
Important information
Important information that you need to be aware of in order to avoid delays or other problems.
Get more information
Where to get more information.
Note:
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 of members of 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.


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 sponsor persons who are members of the family class, you must sign 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 Quebec).

The undertaking is a promise to provide financial support and basic requirements for the family members you are sponsoring.

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.


May I have a co-signer?

Your spouse or common-law partner may help you meet the income requirement by co-signing the sponsorship application. A common-law partner is a person who is living with you in a conjugal relationship and has done so for at least one year prior to the signing of the undertaking.

The co-signer must:

  • meet the same eligibility requirements as the sponsor;
  • agree to co-sign the undertaking; and
  • agree to be responsible for the basic requirements of the person you want to sponsor and his or her family members for the validity period of the undertaking.

The co-signer will be equally liable if obligations are not performed.

Note: Assets, potential earnings, or assistance from other family members will not be considered.


Whom may I sponsor using this application package?

You can use this application package to sponsor:

  • a child whom you adopted outside Canada and you were a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada at the time the adoption took place, or a child whom you intend to adopt in Canada. Consult the Appendix A.
  • your brother or sister, nephew or niece, grandson or granddaughter, if he or she is an orphan, under 18 years of age and not married or in a common-law relationship;
  • any other person, regardless of age, with whom you have a family relationship if you do not have a spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, son, daughter, mother, father, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, uncle, aunt, niece or nephew who is a Canadian citizen, a registered Indian, a permanent resident or whom you may sponsor as a member of the family class.

Do I need more than one application?

You must complete separate applications for each person you want to sponsor. Each application may include that person’s family members.

For example:

If you want to sponsor…

  • your two orphaned brothers
    • you must complete two applications: one for each of your brothers.
    • The application for each of your brothers would identify each individual as the person being sponsored (principal applicant).

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;
  • sign an undertaking promising to provide for the basic requirements of the person being sponsored;
  • sign an agreement with the person you are sponsoring that confirms that each of you understands your mutual obligations and responsibilities;
  • have an income that meets or exceeds the minimum necessary income, which is published yearly by the Canadian government in the Low-Income Cut-offs (LICO). You will have to provide us with documents that show your financial resources for the past 12 months and prove you are financially able to sponsor members of the family class. You may also have a co-signer. If you live in Quebec, see also Sponsors living in Quebec.

Note: The minimum necessary income requirement does not apply if the person you are sponsoring is a child you adopted or intend to adopt in Canada and that child has no children of his or her own.

You may NOT sponsor if you…

  • 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
  • are under a removal order,
  • are detained in a penitentiary, jail, reformatory or prison,

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.

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).

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.

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 must only submit the Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344), the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008) and provide the required documents. Refer to section “Income Tables and Charts’’ to determine if you have the financial ability to meet the sponsorship requirements.

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 the MIDI 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 following will help you determine how long your undertaking will be valid.

Dependent child 19 years of age or over

Your dependent child or a dependent child of your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, including an adopted child or a child to be adopted in Canada who is 19 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.

Any other person

Any other person (e.g. brother, sister, uncle, aunt).

Length of undertaking is 10 years after that person becomes a permanent resident.

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.


How to calculate the family size?

The size of the family determines the amount of income you need to make to sponsor. Use this table below to assist you in calculating the size of your family:

  1. Count:

    Note: Dependent children who meet this definition must be included in the calculation, even if you as a sponsor do not have custody nor provide child support.

  2. Count:

    • the number of persons you are now sponsoring and
    • all family members of that person, whether or not they are accompanying.
  3. Count the number of persons covered by other valid undertakings you have made or co-signed in the past.
  4. If you have a co-signer, count all persons covered by still valid undertakings made or co-signed by your co-signer.
  5. Calculate the number of persons covered in steps 1 to 4. The total represents the family size
  6. Look at the Income tables and charts at the end of this guide to help you decide if you have the financial ability to meet sponsorship requirements. Note that your calculations will only be an estimate.

    For sponsors in Quebec:

    To help Quebec residents decide if they have the financial ability to meet sponsorship requirements, we are providing the Quebec Income Scale (see Table 1 and Table 2) at the end of this application kit. These amounts are indexed each year. Note that any calculation will only be an estimate since an MIDI employee will make the official financial assessment For further information on Quebec’s requirements, go to the MIDI’s website and click on Sponsors and Sponsored Persons, or call the general information line at 1-877-864-9191.


Do I have to maintain a minimum income during the processing of the application?

Your income must meet or exceed the minimum necessary income requirement, as identified annually in the Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICO), on the date which the sponsorship application is signed.

Income may be reassessed at any time during processing if new information is received or brought to our attention indicating that you may no longer meet the minimum income requirements.


May I cancel my undertaking once it has been approved?

If you change your mind about sponsoring a child placed for adoption or other relatives, you must inform CPC-M at CPCM-EXTCOM@cic.gc.ca of your decision to withdraw your undertaking before they are issued permanent resident visas.

  • If you inform the CPC-M before they are issued permanent resident visas
    • CPC-M will assess your request and inform you in writing if your withdrawal request is accepted.
  • If you inform the CPC-M after they are issued permanent resident visas
    • The commitment you and your co-signer, if applicable, made to support your family is valid for the term of your undertaking.

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


What happens if I fail to meet my obligations?

If the person you sponsored (one of the sponsored family members) receives financial support from a federal, provincial or municipal assistance program while the undertaking is still valid, you:

  • will be considered to be in default of your obligations,
  • may have to repay to the government concerned any benefits they received, and
  • will not be allowed to sponsor other members of the family class until you have reimbursed the amount of these payments to the government concerned.

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

There are many possible reasons why an application for permanent residence might be refused. Some examples are:

  • the person you want to sponsor is not a member of the family class;
  • you may not meet the financial requirements where these are applicable;
  • the person you want to sponsor or his or her family members may not have provided the required documents as requested;
  • the relationship between you and the person you want to sponsor or his or her family members is not genuine or has been entered into for immigration purposes only; or
  • the person you want to sponsor or his or her family members have a criminal record or serious illness.

Suspension of processing

If any of the proceedings below apply to you and you send a sponsorship application, your application will not be processed until a final decision is rendered with respect to that proceeding.

  • You have been charged with the commission of an offence that is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 10 years.
  • You are subject of 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.

Information for the Principal Applicant, Adopted Children and Orphaned Relatives

Who is the principal applicant?

In regard to you, the sponsor, the principal applicant is the person you are sponsoring to come to Canada and is declared as the primary applicant in the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008).


What does the principal applicant have to do?

At this stage, the principal applicant must:

  • sign the Application to sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344),
  • complete and sign the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008) and the Additional Dependants (IMM 0008DEP)
  • complete the Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 0008DEP)

Note: CIC will request additional forms and documents at later date. See What Happens Next.


Who should be included in the application?

The principal applicant who is being sponsored as a member of the family class must include his spouse or common-law partner in the application. Children from current and previous relationships whether they will be going to Canada or not must be included.

All the family members whether accompanying or not the principal applicant to Canada must be declared on the application and be examined. If family members are not examined, it is generally not possible to sponsor them at a later date. This includes children in the custody of a former spouse or common-law partner.

In addition, failure to declare family members on the application and having them examined goes against the duty to provide truthful and accurate information, and may cause them to be found inadmissible to Canada.

Note: The visa office will not issue permanent resident visas to family members whom you identify as not accompanying you to Canada.


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.

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.


Does the principal applicant need to include a child in the sole custody of a former spouse or partner in their application?

The principal applicant must list a child in the sole custody of a former spouse or partner on the application for permanent residence since all family members, whether accompanying or not, must be declared and examined. If a child is not examined, the principal applicant will not be able to sponsor the child as a member of the family class in the future, regardless of changes to custody or living circumstances. To preserve the right to sponsor that child in the future, the child must be included and examined.


Adopted children and orphaned relatives

A permanent resident visa cannot be issued to a child as a member of the family class if that child is the adopted child of the sponsor or an orphaned brother, sister, nephew or niece of the sponsor as described earlier in this guide unless the adoptive parents/the sponsor demonstrate they have obtained information concerning the medical condition of the child. In doing so, the government ensures that the child’s best interests are protected.

If you are sponsoring a child whom you adopted or intend to adopt in Canada, or even an orphaned brother, sister, nephew or niece, you must complete and submit a Medical Condition Statement with sponsorship application.

Note: Sponsors who want to adopt more than one child concurrently must complete an application for each child, whether the children are siblings or not.



Note

Signing the IMM 0008 form

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

If you are:

  • 18 years of age or older, sign and date in the boxes provided,
  • less than 18 years of age, your form must be signed by one of your parents or legal guardian.

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


Submit the application form IMM 0008

When submitting your application, to ensure your encoded data is captured, you must include the last pages of the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008) which contain your unique barcodes. See the image below:

Sample Barcodes

Note: This page is only available when you complete your application electronically (on a computer).


Step 1. Gather Documents

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

What documents are required?

Use the Document Checklist (IMM 5287), 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


Note

Completing the forms

The following are to be filled out and submitted:

Note: You should keep a copy of your completed forms and required documents for your records.

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



Note

The Medical Condition Statement

The medical Condition Statement must be filled out if you are sponsoring:

  • a child you have adopted or are in the process of adopting outside Canada and you were or are living in Canada at the time the adoption took/takes place, or
  • a child you intend to adopt in Canada, or
  • an orphaned brother, sister, nephew or niece.

Once you have obtained the information with respect to the child’s medical condition, read the Medical Condition Statement (PDF, 40 KB), complete the bottom portion, sign it and send it to the visa office processing the permanent residence application submitted on behalf of the child.


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.


Financial Evaluation (IMM 1283)

Who completes this form?

The Financial Evaluation (IMM 1283) will help you, the sponsor, assess if you (and your spouse or common-law partner, if he or she is co-signing) will have the ability to support the person you are planning to sponsor and their family members.

Note: Quebec residents do not need to complete this form.


When must a financial evaluation be submitted?

You must submit the a financial evaluation when you are sponsoring:

  • A spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner who has a dependent child who has a dependent child of his or her own
  • Dependent children who have dependent children of their own
  • Other relatives
  • Orphaned relatives under the age of 18

Note: If you plan to legally adopt an orphaned relative under the age of 18 in Canada, you are not required to complete this form.


ABOUT YOU AND, IF APPLICABLE, YOUR CO-SGINER

Question 1
  1. Your full name

    Indicate:

    • Family name (surname
    • Given name (s) (first, second or more)
  2. Is your spouse or common-law partner co-signing the undertaking? Check ‘‘Yes’’ or ‘‘No’’.

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

    • Family name (surname)
    • Given name (s) (first, second or more)
    • Date of birth (day, month, year)

YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND PERSONS INCLUDED IN UNDERTAKINGS IN EFFECT OR NOT YET IN EFFECT SIGNED BY YOU AND, IF APPLICABLE, YOUR CO-SIGNER

Question 2
You must include yourself as part of your family
Question 3
  1. Current undertaking

    Provide the number of persons included in you current undertaking

  2. Previous undertakings

    You must indicate the following:

    1. number of persons included in previous undertakings you signed as a sponsor and that are still in effect.
    2. number of persons included in previous undertakings you signed as a sponsor and that are not yet in effect.
    3. number of persons included in previous undertakings you co-signed, where the undertakings are still  in effect.
    4. number of persons included in previous undertakings you co-signed but the undertakings are still not in effect.

    Note: For any of these questions, provide details on page 2 of 6, if required.

Question 4

Complete this section only if you spouse or common-law partner is co-signing the undertaking

You must indicate the following:

  1. number of persons included in previous undertakings your spouse or common-law partner signed as a sponsor and that are still in effect. Do not include persons accounted for in questions 2 and 3B iii).
  2. number of persons included in previous undertakings your spouse or common-law partner signed as a sponsor and that are not yet in effect. Do not include persons accounted for in 3.B iv).
  3. number of persons included in previous undertakings your spouse or common-law partner co-signed, where the undertakings are still in effect. Do not include persons accounted for in 3.B i)
  4. number of persons included in previous undertakings your spouse or common-law partner co-signed but the undertakings are still not in effect. Do not include persons accounted for in 3.B ii).

Note: For any of these questions, provide details on page 2 of 6, if required.

Question 5

You must add your spouse or common-law partner if she is not included in question 3.

Note: Provide details on page 2 of 6.

Question 6

Indicate every other family member not included and dependent on you financially, whether they are living with you or not. Enter the number in the box.

Note: Provide details on page 2 of 6.


FINANCIAL REQUIREMENT

Question 7

Add the numbers entered in boxes for questions 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and write the total amount of persons.

Note. Consult the Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) table which illustrates the minimum income you must have to sponsor your family.

Question 8

Minimum necessary income

Indicate the minimum income required in order to sponsor the number of persons included in question 7 based on the LICO table.

Question 9

Total income available to sponsor

Indicate the amount of money that you have by adding questions 14 and 19

Note: Complete this financial evaluation before entering your number. This is the amount of money that you and, if applicable, your co-signer have available to sponsor.

Question 10

Your current situation

Check the appropriate box to indicate if you are

  • Unemployed
  • Employed
  • Self- employed.

If you are unemployed, provide details in the space provided.

Question 11

Complete the sections A, B, and/or C, which ever applies to you in the last 12 months preceding the date of your application.

If your situation changed in the last 12 months, provide the most recent information in the Period 1 column and in the next columns the information of the rest of the 12 months.

  1. Unemployed

    If you were unemployed, provide :

    • dates: (From – To)
    • income
  2. Employed

    If you were employed, provide:

    • Name of employer
    • Address of employment
    • Telephone number
    • Name of supervisor
    • Occupation/position
    • Hours worked per week
    • Rate per week and per hour
    • Income
  3. Self-employed

    If you were self-employed, provide:

    • Name of business
    • Occupation/position
    • Share in business (in percentage)
    • Net income (earnings or profits after all taxes and costs have been subtracted)
Question 12

Calculation of income based on Option C printout.

You may obtain an Option C printout free of charge by contacting the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) at 1-800-959-8281.

  1. Enter the amount which appears on line 150 of your most recent notice of assessment (Option C printout) issued by the CRA.
  2. Enter all the following payments that are included in the amount at line 150 of your Option C printout:

    • Provincial instruction or training allowance
    • Social assistance (paid by the province)
    • Employment insurance

      Note: Only maternity, parental and sickness benefits paid under the Employment Insurance Act are considered income. Other payments such as employment insurance and federal training allowances are not considered as income.

    • Guaranteed income supplement (paid under the Old Age Security Act)
  3. Deduct the total entered at 12.B (line 6) from the amount at 12.A (line 1). The result in 12.C is your total income based on the Option C printout.
Question 13

Calculation of income based on preceding 12 months

Complete this section if you:

  • are unable to produce an Option C printout for the most recent taxation year preceding the date of your application to sponsor, or
  • have an Option C printout but the amount at line 150 is less than the minimum necessary income and your financial circumstances have improved since you received your Option C.
  1. Personal income from employment

    • Add the amounts in periods I, II and III of section 11.B and enter the total on line 1.
    • If you have other sources of income not listed in line 1, enter the amount on line 2 and provide details about these sources on a separate sheet.

    Personal Income From Employment, business and Self-Employment

    • Add the amounts in periods I, II and III of section 11.C and enter the total on line 3.
    • If you have other sources of income not listed in line 3, enter the amount on line 4 and provide details about these sources on a separate sheet.

    Add up all personal income from employment, business and self-employment from lines 1 to 4 and enter the total on line 5.

  2. Other income Calculate and enter income received from other sources. Use the following terms in the form defined in the table below:

    Net rental income

    Net income earned (or loss incurred) and reported to CRA from rental property

    Investment and interest income

    Income reported to and accepted by CRA from dividend payments, interest, stocks, bonds and other investments

    Pension income

    Income from Old Age Security, Quebec/Canada Pension Plan, other pensions, superannuation and annuity payments from Canadian sources. Do not include Guaranteed Income Supplement.

    Maternity/ parental/ sick-ness benefits

    Only maternity, parental and sickness benefits paid under the Employment insurance act are considered income. Other payments such as employment insurance and federal training allowances are not considered as income.

    Other sources of income
    Include all income you have received and will continue to receive on a regular basis that is not included above (e.g. spousal, child support). Also specify the source of the income.

    Important information. You cannot include provincial instruction and training allowances, social assistance, child tax benefits, guaranteed income supplement or employment insurance payments.

    Add up all incomes received from other sources listed above and enter the total on line 11.

  3. Available income base on preceding 12 months

    Add the totals entered at 13.A (line 5) and 13.B (line 11). The result is the total income you must put in 13.C.

Question 14
Enter the highest amount between 12.C or 13.C.

Important information

Complete questions 15 to 19 if your spouse/common-law partner is co-signing your sponsorship undertaking


Question 15

Your spouse’s/common-law partner’s current situation. Check the appropriate box to indicate if your spouse/common-law partner is:

  • Unemployed
  • Employed
  • Self- employed.

If you are unemployed, provide details in the space provided.

Question 16

Complete sections A, B, and/or C, which ever applies to your spouse/common-law partner in the last 12 months preceding the date of your application.

If his or her situation changed in the last 12 months, provide the most recent information in the Period 1 column and in the next columns the information for the rest of the 12 months.

  1. Unemployed

    If your spouse/common-law partner was unemployed, provide:

    • dates: (From – To)
    • income
  2. Employed

    If your spouse/common-law partner was employed, provide:

    • Name of employer
    • Address of employment
    • Telephone number
    • Name of supervisor
    • Occupation/position
    • Hours worked per week
    • Rate per week and per hour
    • Income
  3. Self-employed

    If your spouse/common-law partner was self-employed, provide:

    • Name of business
    • Occupation/position
    • Share in business (in percentage)
    • Net income (earnings or profits after all taxes and costs have been subtracted)
Question 17

Calculation of income based on Option C printout.

You may obtain an Option C printout free of charge by contacting the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) at 1-800-959-8281.

  1. Enter the amount which appears on line 150 of your spouse/common-law partner’s most recent notice of assessment (Option C printout) issued by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
  2. Enter all the following payments that are included in the amount at line 150 of your spouse/common-law partner’s Option C printout:

    • Provincial instruction or training allowance
    • Social assistance (paid by the province)
    • Employment insurance

      Note: Only maternity, parental and sickness benefits paid under the Employment Insurance Act are considered income. Other payments such as employment insurance and federal training allowances are not considered as income.

    • Guaranteed income supplement (paid under the Old Age Security Act)
  3. Deduct the total entered at 17.B (line 6) from the amount at 17.A (line 1). The result in 17.C is the total income based on the Option C printout of your spouse/common-law partner.
Question 18

Calculation of income based on preceding 12 months

Complete this section if your spouse/common-law partner:

  • is unable to produce an Option C printout for the most recent taxation year preceding the date of your application to sponsor, or
  • has an Option C printout but the amount at line 150 is less than the minimum necessary income and his or her financial circumstances have improved since the reception of his or her Option C.
  1. Personal Income From Employment, business and Self-Employment Add all personal income from employment business and other self-employed earned in the 12 months preceding the date of your application. Enter the total amount on line 5.
  2. Other income Calculate and enter income received from other sources. Use the following terms in the form defined in the table below:

    Net rental income

    Net income earned (or loss incurred) and reported to CRA from rental property

    Investment and interest income

    Income reported to and accepted by CRA from dividend payments, interest, stocks, bonds and other investments

    Pension income

    Income from Old Age Security, Quebec/Canada Pension Plan, other pensions, superannuation and annuity payments from Canadian sources. Do not include Guaranteed Income Supplement.

    Maternity/ parental/ sick-ness benefits

    Only maternity, parental and sickness benefits paid under the Employment insurance act are considered income. Other payments such as employment insurance and federal training allowances are not considered as income.

    Other sources of income
    Include all income you have received and will continue to receive on a regular basis that is not included above (e.g. spousal, child support). Also specify the source of the income.

    Important information. You cannot include provincial instruction and training allowances, social assistance, child tax benefits, guaranteed income supplement or employment insurance payments.

    Add up all incomes received from other sources listed above and enter the total on line 11.

  3. Available income base on preceding 12 months

    Add the totals entered at 13.A (line 5) and 13.B (line 11). The result is the total income you must put in 13.C.

Question 19
Enter the highest amount between 17.C or 18.C.

Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • You, the principal applicant.


Note

Completing the form

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

Download and fill out the application form on a computer.

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

Note: Completing the form electronically is easier and reduces the risk of errors that can slow down the application process.

In order to help you fill out the application form, read and follow the steps below.


Application Details

Question 1

From the list, select the Program under which you are applying:

  • Family
  • Economic
  • Refugee
  • Other
Question 2

From the list, select the Category under which you are applying:

  • If you chose “Family” in question 1, select one of the following:
    • Spouse
    • Common-law partner
    • Conjugal partner
    • Dependent child/adopted child
    • Child to be adopted in Canada
    • Parents/grandparents
    • Orphaned sibling/nephew/niece/grandchild
    • Other relative
  • If you chose “ Economic” in question 1, select one of the following:
    • Skilled worker
    • Skilled trades
    • Investor
    • Entrepreneur
    • Self-employed
    • Provincial nominee
    • Canadian experience class
    • Quebec selected skilled worker
    • Quebec selected entrepreneur
    • Quebec selected self employed
    • Quebec selected investor
    • Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP)
    • Startup Business
  • If you chose “Refugee” in question 1, select one of the following:
    • In Canada – Refugee Claim
    • In Canada – Protected Person (for Convention Refugees or other protected persons applying for permanent residence from within Canada)
    • Outside Canada – Refugee (for Convention Refugees or other protected persons applying for permanent residence from outside Canada)
  • If you chose “Other” in question 1, select one of the following:
    • In Canada – Humanitarian & Compassionate Considerations
    • Permit Holder Class
Question 3

Indicate the total number of family members included in your application. This includes yourself and any family members, regardless of whether they intend to accompany you to Canada or not.

For refugee claimants in Canada only: Indicate the total number of family members included in your application for refugee protection who are with you in Canada.

Question 4

Immigration Office requested for the processing of your application

Indicate the name of the Immigration Office which serves:

  • your country of nationality, or
  • the country in which you are residing, provided that you have been lawfully admitted to that country for at least one (1) year.

Note: Do not select the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) as the immigration office requested to process your application. Although you may be required to submit your application to the CIO, you must indicate the name of an appropriate visa office using the criteria above.

Note: If you are applying from within Canada or being sponsored from within Canada, this question does not apply to you. Go to Question 5.

Question 5

Language preference

From the list, select your preferred language for:

  1. correspondence
  2. interview (if you select English or French, an interpreter will not be required), and
     
    Note: If your native language does not appear in this list, select “other”.
  3. interpreter requested (necessary if English or French is not selected for the interview).
Question 6

Where do you intend to live in Canada?

From the list select the:

  1. Province/Territory
  2. City/Town
Question 7

If you intend to live in the Province of Quebec and are not a refugee claimant or member of the protected persons or live-in caregivers classes, have you received your Certificat de Sélection du Québec (CSQ)?

  1. Check the corresponding box
  2. If you checked “Yes”, please indicate the CSQ number
  3. If you checked “No”, indicate the date when you applied for your CSQ (if you have not yet applied, please do so before applying for permanent residence)

Note: If you are applying for refugee protection, check “no” for Question 7a and leave 7c blank.


Principal Applicant's Personal Details

The following questions must be answered by the Principal Applicant.

Question 1

Indicate your full family name (surname or last name) as it appears on your passport, travel or identity document.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, indicate your family name(s).

Indicate all of your given name(s) (first, second or more) as they appear on your passport, travel or identity document. Do not use initials.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, indicate “Child” or leave the given name field blank.

Question 2

Nickname/Alias

Check the box to indicate if you have ever used any other name than those indicated in question one. This could be your birth name, maiden name, married name, nickname, etc. If “Yes”, provide your nickname/alias by indicating it in the family name and given name(s) fields.

Question 3

Indicate your Unique Client Identifier number (UCI) or Client Identification number (Client ID), if known (8-digit number). Otherwise, leave it blank. If this is your first application with CIC you will not have a UCI or a Client ID.

Question 4

From the list, select your sex (male, female or unknown).

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select “Unknown”.

Question 5

Indicate your height in either centimetres or feet and inches.

Question 6

From the list, select your eye color.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select “Other”.

Question 7

Indicate your complete date of birth.

Note: If you do not know your complete date of birth, please use a “*” (star sign/asterisk) to fill in the spaces for the unknown year, month or day.

Question 8

Indicate your place of birth, including the city or town,

From the list, select your country of birth.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, indicate “Unknown” for the city or town and select the country where you intend to adopt a child.

Question 9

Citizenship(s)

  1. From the list, select your country of citizenship.
  2. If you are a citizen of more than one country, select your other country of citizenship.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select the country where you intend to adopt a child.

Question 10

Current country of residence

From the list, select the appropriate information to indicate:

  • The name of your current country of residence. Your country of residence is the country in which you are residing, provided that you have been lawfully admitted to that country.

For refugee claimants in Canada only: select Canada whether you have been lawfully admitted or not.

  • Your immigration status in that country (indicate one of the following):
    • Citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Visitor
    • Worker
    • Student
    • Other
    • Protected Person
    • Refugee Claimant
    • Foreign National
  • Other: This section must be completed if you selected "Other" as a status.
  • The dates (From – To) you have been living in your current country of residence.

For out-of-status applicants:

  • Under “Status” select “Other”;
  • Under “Other” type in “Out of status, requires restoration”;
  • Leave the “From” and “To” boxes blank.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select the country where you intend to adopt a child and “Citizen” as the immigration status in that country.

Question 11

Enter the date of your last entry to Canada, if applicable.

Indicate the place you last entered Canada (example: Toronto airport, Lacolle border crossing, seaport Yarmouth, etc.).

Question 12

Previous countries of residence

Check the box to indicate whether you have lived in any country other than your country of citizenship or your current country of residence for more than six (6) months in the past five (5) years.

If you checked "Yes", from the list select the appropriate information to indicate the following:

  • The name of the country you lived in
  • Your immigration status for the time you were in that country: Citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Visitor
    • Worker
    • Student
    • Other
    • Protected Person
    • Refugee Claimant
    • Foreign National
  • Other: This section must be completed if you selected "Other" as a status
  • The dates (From – To) you were living in that country.
Question 13
  1. From the list, choose your current marital status:

    Annulled Marriage:

    This is a marriage that is legally declared as not valid. An annulment can also be a declaration by the Catholic Church that the marriage 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 (1) 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 and day) you were married or you entered into your current common-law relationship.

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

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select “Single”.

Question 14

Check the box to indicate whether you have previously been married or in a common-law relationship. If you checked "Yes", provide the following details for your previous spouse/common-law partner:

  • 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
  • Date of birth.

Contact Information

Question 1

Indicate your current mailing address (where information should be mailed) by typing the following information:

  • 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. It is the number on your house or apartment building. This must be provided if you did not type 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 a 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.). It is the number on your house or apartment building.
  • 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).

From the list, select the type of telephone:

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

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

If you have an extension number, indicate it after your phone number under "Ext."

Question 4

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

From the list, select the type of telephone:

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

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

If you have an extension number, indicate it after your phone number under "Ext."

Question 5

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

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

Question 6

If applicable, indicate 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 CIC to transmit your file and personal information to this specific e-mail.


Passport

Question 1

Check the appropriate box to indicate if you have a valid passport or travel document.

Question 2

If you checked "Yes", provide your passport or travel document number. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 3

From the list, select the country that issued your passport or travel document.

Question 4

Enter the date your passport or travel document was issued.

Question 5

Enter the expiry date of your passport or travel document.


National Identity Document

Question 1

Check the appropriate box to indicate if you have a valid identity document.

Question 2

If you checked "Yes", provide your identity document number. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 3

From the list, select the name of the country that issued your identity document.

Question 4

Enter the issue date of your identity document.

Question 5

Enter the expiry date of your identity document.


Education/Occupation Detail

Question 1

From the list, select your highest level of education.

Type of education

None
No education.
Secondary or less
High school diploma obtained after elementary school and before college, university, or other formal training.
Trade/ Apprenticeship certificate/Diploma
Diploma completed in a specific trade, such as carpentry or auto mechanics.
Non-university certificate/Diploma
Training in a profession that requires formal education but not at the university level (for example, dental technician or engineering technician).
Post-secondary - No degree
Post-secondary studies at a college or university but no degree earned.
Bachelor’s degree
Academic degree awarded by a college or university to those who completed an undergraduate curriculum; also called a baccalaureate. Examples include a Bachelor of Arts, Science or Education.
Post Graduate – No degree
Post Graduate studies at a college or university but no degree earned (Master or PhD).
Master’s degree
Academic degree awarded by a graduate school of a college or university. You must have completed a Bachelor’s degree before a Master’s degree can be earned.
Doctorate - PhD
Highest university degree, usually based on at least three (3) years of graduate studies and a thesis. Normally, you must have completed a Master’s degree before a PhD can be earned.
Question 2

Indicate the total number of years of formal education that you have completed, including elementary and secondary school.

Question 3

Indicate your current occupation.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, indicate “Unknown”.

Question 4

Indicate your intended occupation in Canada.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, indicate “Unknown”.


Language Detail

Question 1
  1. From the list, select your first (native) language. This is the language that you learned at home during your childhood and which you still understand.

    Note: If your native language does not appear in this list, select “Other”.

  2. If your native language is not English or French, select from the list which one you would most likely use:

    • English
    • French
    • Neither

Note: This question is not used for selection purposes. One of Canada’s objectives with respect to immigration is to support and assist the development of minority language communities in Canada.

 

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select the native language of the country where you intend to adopt a child.

Question 2

From the list, select whether you are able to communicate in English and/or French:

  • English
  • French
  • Both
  • Neither

Dependant(s)

You, the principal applicant must answer each question on behalf of each of your dependant(s).

Note: Remember that all questions in this section are about your dependant.

You can add up to five (5) dependants in this form.

To add a new dependant to the application, click the “Add Dependant” button, located at the bottom of the page.

To remove a dependant from the application, click the “Remove Dependant” button.

If you have more than five (5) family members, you must complete the Additional Dependants/Declaration (IMM 0008DEP) (PDF, 471 KB) form for each additional family member in order to include everyone in your application.


Note

Important

You must list all family members in your application for permanent residence, whether they are accompanying you to Canada or not. You must also provide details on family members whose location is unknown (including those missing or presumed dead). If you don’t, you will not be able to sponsor family members at a later date if they are not listed on your application.


Dependant's Personal Details

Questions 1-9

Questions 1 to 9 are identical to the questions you answered for yourself. Refer to the previous instructions to help you answer the questions for your dependant(s).

Question 10
  1. From the list, select your dependant’s relationship to you, the principal applicant:
    • Adopted Child
    • Child
    • Common-law partner
    • Grandchild
    • Other
    • Spouse
    • Step-Child
    • Step-Grandchild
  2. Complete if you chose “Other”
Question 11
  1. Check the box to indicate whether or not, your dependant will accompany you to Canada.
  2. If you answered “No”, provide the reason why your dependant is non-accompanying.
Question 12

From the list, select the type of dependant:

Type 1
The dependent is under the age of 19 and single (not married and not in a common-law relationship).
Type 2
The dependent is 19 years of age or older, has been financially dependent on a parent since before the age of 19 due to a physical or mental condition.
 
The following types of children are for applicants who started an immigration process before August 1st, 2014.
Type A
The dependant is under the age of 22 and single (not married and not in a common-law relationship).
Type B
The dependant has been continuously enrolled in and in attendance as a full‑time student at a post-secondary institution accredited by the relevant government authority and has depended substantially on the financial support of a parent either:
  • since before the age of 22, or
  • since marrying or entering into a common-law relationship (if it happened before the age of 22).
Type C
The dependant is 22 years of age or older, has depended substantially on the financial support of a parent since before the age of 22, and is unable to provide for himself or herself because of a medical condition.
Question 13

Current country of residence

From the list, select the appropriate information to indicate:

  • The name of your dependant’s current country of residence. The country of residence is the country in which they are residing, provided they have been lawfully admitted to that country.

For refugee claimants in Canada only: select Canada whether your dependant has been lawfully admitted or not.

  • Your dependant’s immigration status in that country (indicate one of the following):
    • Citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Visitor
    • Worker
    • Student
    • Other
    • Protected Person
    • Refugee Claimant
    • Foreign National
  • Other: This section must be completed if you selected "Other" as a status.
  • The dates (From – To) your dependant has been living in their current country of residence.

For out-of-status applicants:

  • Under “Status” select “Other”;
  • Under “Other” type in “Out of status, requires restoration”;
  • Leave the “From” and “To” boxes blank.
Question 14

Enter the date of your dependant’s last entry to Canada.

Indicate the place they last entered Canada (example: Toronto airport, Lacolle border crossing, seaport Yarmouth, etc.).

Question 15

Previous countries of residence

Check the box to indicate whether your dependant has lived in any country other than their country of citizenship or their current country of residence for more than six (6) months in the past five (5) years.

If you checked “Yes”, select the appropriate information from the list to indicate the following:

  • The name of the country your dependant lived in
  • Your dependant’s immigration status for the time they were in that country:
    • Citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Visitor
    • Worker
    • Student
    • Other
    • Protected Person
    • Refugee Claimant
    • Foreign National
  • Other: This section must be completed if you selected “Other” as a status
  • The dates (From – To) your dependant was living in that country.
Question 16
  1. From the list, choose your dependant’s current marital status:

    • Annulled Marriage
    • Common-Law
    • Divorced
    • Legally Separated
    • Married
    • Single
    • Widowed
  2. Enter the date (year, month and day) your dependant was married or entered into their current common-law relationship.
  3. Indicate the family name(s) and given name(s) of your dependant’s current spouse or common-law partner.
Question 17

Check the box to indicate whether your dependant has previously been married or in a common-law relationship. If you checked "Yes", provide the following details for your dependant’s previous spouse/common-law partner:

  • Family name(s)
  • Given name(s)
  • Type of relationship:
    • Common-law or
    • Married
  • Dates (From – To) for which your dependant was in the relationship with their previous spouse/common-law partner.

Passport

Question 1

Check the appropriate box to indicate if your dependant has a valid passport or travel document.

Question 2

If you checked “Yes”, provide their passport or travel document number. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 3

From the list, select the name of the country that issued their passport or travel document.

Question 4

Enter the issue date of their passport or travel document.

Question 5

Enter the expiry date of their passport or travel document.


National Identity Document

Question 1

Check the appropriate box to indicate if your dependant has a valid identity document.

Question 2

If you checked “Yes”, provide their identity document number. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 3

From the list, select the name of the country that issued their identity document.

Question 4

Enter the issue date of their identity document.

Question 5

Enter the expiry date of their identity document.


Education/Occupation Detail

Question 1

From the list, select your dependant’s highest level of education.

For definitions, refer to the type of education table.

Question 2

Indicate the total number of years of formal education that they completed, including elementary and secondary school.

Question 3

Indicate their current occupation.

Question 4

Indicate their intended occupation in Canada.


Language Detail

Question 1
  1. From the list, select your dependant’s first (native) language. This is the language that they learned at home during their childhood and which they still understand.

    Note: If the native language does not appear in this list, select “Other”.

  2. If your dependant’s native language is not English or French, select from the list which one they would most likely use:
    • English
    • French
    • Neither

Note: This question is not used for selection purposes. One of Canada’s objectives with respect to immigration is to support and assist the development of minority language communities in Canada.

Question 2

From the list, select whether they are able to communicate in English and/or French:

  • English
  • French
  • Both
  • Neither
Question 3

Check Yes or No to indicate if you have taken a test from a designated testing agency to assess your proficiency in English or French.


Consent and Declaration of Applicant

Refer to the following table in order to complete your form properly.

  1. Once the application is completed, click on the "Validate" button located at the top or bottom of the form. This will generate a barcode* page or pages.

    *See image below:

    Barcode

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

  2. Print all pages of your application form.

  3. Read all of the statements in all sections carefully and:


    Note
    1. Write your name in the space provided.
    2. Check the appropriate box to indicate if you agree that the information contained in this application related to your intended occupation, education and work experience may be shared with prospective employers in order to assist them in hiring workers.
    3. Sign and date in the spaces provided.

    By signing, you certify that you fully understand the questions asked, and that the information you have provided is complete, truthful, and correct. If you do not sign and date, the application will be returned to you.

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


Additional Dependants/Declaration Form (IMM 0008DEP)

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • You, the principal applicant, on behalf of each of your dependants not included in the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008).

The questions are the same that you answered for yourself and other dependants on the IMM 0008.

Follow the previous instructions to help you answer the questions.


Consent and Declaration of Applicant

Read all of the statements in all sections carefully and then:

  1. Write your dependant’s name in the space provided.
  2. Check the appropriate box to indicate if you agree that the information contained in this application related to your dependant’s intended occupation, education and work experience may be shared with prospective employers in order to assist them in hiring workers.
  3. Sign and date in the spaces provided.

By signing, you certify that your dependant fully understands the questions asked, and that the information you have provided is complete, truthful, and correct. If you do not sign and date, the application will be returned to you.

Note: If you are less than 18 years of age, your form must be signed by one of your parents or a legal guardian.


Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • you, the principal applicant;
  • your spouse or common-law partner (whether accompanying you to Canada or not), and
  • your dependent children aged 18 years or older  (whether accompanying you to Canada or not).

For refugee claimants in Canada: Only family members included in your application for refugee protection who are with you in Canada must complete this form.

Question 1

Indicate your full family name (surname or last name) as it appears on your passport, travel or identity document.

Indicate all of your given name(s) (first, second or more) as they appear on your passport, travel or identity document. Do not use initials.

Question 2

Indicate your name in your native language or script (if applicable).

For example: Arabic, Cyrillic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Japanese characters or Chinese commercial/telegraphic code.

Question 3

Indicate your date of birth.

Note: If you do not know your complete date of birth, please use a “*” (star sign/asterisk) to fill in the spaces for the unknown year, month or day.

Question 4

Provide your father’s personal details including his:

  • family name (surname or last name),
  • given name(s),
  • date of birth,
  • town or city of birth,
  • country of birth,
  • date of death (if applicable).
Question 5

Provide your mother’s personal details including her:

  • family name (surname or last name),
  • given name(s),
  • date of birth,
  • town or city of birth,
  • country of birth,
  • date of death (if applicable).
Question 6

Answer each question of the section by checking the appropriate box.

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, you must write an explanation of what happened in the space provided. If you need more space, attach a separate sheet of paper.

Question 7

Education

Indicate the number of years of formal education you have which you have completed at each of the levels indicated.

Provide the details about each secondary and post secondary educational institution you attended, including the:

  • period of time that you attended the institution,
  • name of the institution,
  • city and country,
  • type of certificate or diploma issued, and
  • field of study.

If no diploma was issued, write “N/A”. If you need more space, attach a separate sheet of paper.

Question 8

Provide the details of your personal history since the age of 18, or the past 10 years, whichever is most recent.

Start with the most recent information. Under “Activity”, write your occupation or job title if you were working. If you were not working, provide information on what you were doing (for example: unemployed, studying, travelling, retired, in detention, etc.). If you were outside your country of nationality, indicate your status in that country.

Note: Please ensure that you do not leave any gaps in time.

Important information. Failure to account for all time periods will result in a delay in the processing of your application.

Question 9

Indicate the names of all membership or association with organizations you are or were a member of, including:

  • political organizations,
  • social organizations,
  • youth or student organizations,
  • trade unions, and
  • professional associations.

If you were not a member of an association or organization, do not write “not applicable”. Rather, write: “I have never been a member of an organization or association”.

Note: Do not use abbreviations. Write the city and country where you were a member.

Question 10

Indicate any government positions you have held in the past such as:

  • Civil servant;
  • Judge;
  • Police officer;
  • Employee in a security organization;
  • Etc.

Write “NONE” in the box if you have not been a member of an association or organization.

Include:

  • the name of the country and the level of jurisdiction (examples: national, regional or municipal),
  • the name of the department or the branch you worked for, and
  • activities and/or positions that you held.

Note: Do not use abbreviations.

Question 11

Give complete details about your military or paramilitary service (if applicable). Provide the details of your military or paramilitary service for each of the countries whose armed forces you served in. If you were not in any military or paramilitary service, write “NONE”. Do not leave gaps in time.

Question 12

Indicate the residential addresses where you have lived since your 18th birthday or the past 10 years, whichever is most recent, complete with the postal code. Do not use P.O. box addresses.


Note

Authority to disclose personal information
Declaration of applicant

Read all of the statements in all sections carefully. Sign and date in the boxes provided. By signing, you certify that you fully understand the questions asked, and that the information you have provided is complete, truthful, and correct. If you do not sign and date, the application will be returned to you.

Note: The bottom section of Schedule A should not be completed at this time.


Statutory Declaration and 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

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, 1.8 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 your 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  
Principal applicant under 19 years of age and a dependent child of the sponsor, a child to be adopted or an orphaned family member that is neither married nor in a common-law relationship. 1 $75  
Family member 19 years or older, or who is married, engaged or in a common-law relationship, regardless of age   $550  
Family member who is under 19 years and who is not married, engaged or in a common-law relationship   $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.

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

Note: The following people are exempt from the Right of Permanent Residence Fee:

  • the dependent children of the principal applicant;
  • a child you are adopting;
  • your orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild.

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.


Step 4. Submit the 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


Note

Mailing instruction

Put your forms along with your receipt and all the supporting documentation in an envelope and mail it to:

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)
Case Processing Centre - Mississauga
PO BOX 6100, Station A
Mississauga, ON
L5A 4H4

If you are sponsoring…

  • an adopted child
    • print “ADOPTION” immediately above Case Processing Centre on the envelope.
  • an orphaned relative
    • print “ORPHAN RELATIVE” immediately above Case Processing Centre on the envelope.

Send the document checklist

Make sure you use the document checklist (IMM 5287) along with your application forms and supporting documents.



Note

Sign the form

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

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


What Happens Next

The application process

The following represents the phases of the assessment and processing.

Phase: Completeness check

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

  • all required fields in your application forms are complete and signed,
  • you have submitted all the required documents, presented the proper forms and included the correct processing fees.

Note: If you did not submit all the documents or include the fees for everyone included in the application, your application will be returned to you with a letter requesting the missing information or fees.

Phase: Eligibility Review

An officer will review your application and send you a letter to inform you whether you meet the sponsorship requirements.

If the requirements are met:

For more information. If you do not meet the sponsorship requirements, see “Is there a right of appeal” below.

If you live in Quebec, see “Sponsor Living in Quebec”.

Phase: Selection and admissibility

If your sponsorship was received and your relative submitted the additional forms and documents requested in Guide 3998 – Sponsorship of adopted children and other relatives to the appropriate visa office, an officer will:

  • review the application and supporting documentation for the person being sponsored and accompanying dependents, if applicable, to assess their eligibility as members of the family class and admissibility to immigrate to Canada,
  • contact the person being sponsored, if additional supporting documents are required or an interviewed needs to be scheduled,
  • make a final decision to either approve or refuse the application for permanent residence.

Is there a right of appeal?

In the event you do not meet the sponsorship requirements, there are two possible scenarios:

Scenario 1

If you checked the box to "Withdraw your application" on the IMM 1344 in case you do not meet sponsorship requirements, then no further processing will occur and all the fees will be refunded except for the $75 sponsorship fee. You will have no right of appeal.

Scenario 2

If you checked the box to "Proceed with the application for permanent residence" on the IMM 1344 in case you do not meet sponsorship requirements, then the application of the person being sponsored will be processed at the Canadian visa office. If their application is denied, you will have the right to appeal the decision.

If you meet the sponsorship requirements, you may also have a right to appeal in the following circumstance:

You meet the sponsorship requirements but the person being sponsored does not meet the eligibility requirements or admissibility criteria for the family class. His application will be refused and you will be notified of your right to appeal the negative decision, if you should decide to do so.

Note: You and the person you want to sponsor will both be informed in writing of the reasons for the refusal and instructions to appeal the decision.

Exceptions:

A sponsor has no right of appeal in the following circumstances:

  • the individual being sponsored is inadmissible on grounds of security, violating human or international rights, serious criminality or organized criminality;
  • the individual being sponsored is refused on the ground of misrepresentation;
  • the sponsor has discontinued or has withdrawn their sponsorship application.

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

Once you receive the approval in principle and the file is opened at the Canadian visa office, the person you want to sponsor and his family members, if applicable, will have to:

  • complete the forms included with Guide 3998 – Sponsorship of adopted children and other relatives and provide the required documents,
  • undergo a medical examination (results of the medical examination are valid for 12 months), 
    Note: The visa office will send the person you are sponsoring and his or her family members instructions on how to proceed.
  • pass criminal and security checks,
  • obtain passports and, in some countries, an exit visas,
  • 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 accompanying or not, will have to complete a medical examination.


What if the co-signer wants to withdraw his or her financial support?

If your spouse or common-law partner withdraws support for the sponsorship application, follow the steps below:

  1. You or your spouse/ common-law partner must inform CPC-M and the visa office before permanent resident visas are issued to the person you are sponsoring and his or her family members.
  2. You must include an amended copy of the sponsorship application and of the agreement, initialed by you and your co-signer, removing the co-signer’s support.
  3. We will assess your financial situation to see if you have enough money to support your family without a co-signer.
  4. 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.

Then 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

Then 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

Then 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

Then 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
  • inform the 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 documents
  • 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

Processing time can change. You can obtain current processing times on our website.



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

Please note that we are updating our automated telephone service. Our menu options have changed so please listen carefully before making your selection. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause during the transition period.

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.


Income Tables and Charts: Quebec and  Federal Income Scales

Quebec Income Scale, 2014

Effective from January 1 to December 31 2014

The government of Québec is responsible for determining the financial capability of sponsors living in Québec. You can use the income scale to assess your ability to meet the provincial requirements. Note that your calculations will only be an estimate however, as the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) will make the official financial assessment.

Sponsors (guarantors) are presumed to be able to satisfy their undertaking if in the last 12 months they have had gross income from Canadian sources equal to the SUM of the amount shown in Table 1 and the amount in Table 2 below. These amounts are indexed each year.

Table 1

Basic Income Required by Sponsor to Meet Basic Needs of Own Family
Total Number of Family Members Basic Annual Income Required
1 C$22,147
2 C$29,897
3 C$36,912
4 C$42,452
5 C$47,247

The gross annual income is increased by C$4,795 for each additional dependant.

Table 2

Additional Income Required by Sponsor to Meet Basic Needs of Sponsored Person and His/Her Family Members
Persons 18 and over Persons under 18 Gross Annual Income Required by Sponsor Increase to Required Gross Annual Income
0 1 C$7,666 C$4,052 for each additional person under 18
0 2 C$12,150
1 0 C$16,200 C$2,809 for each additional person under 18
1 1 C$21,766
1 2 C$24,576
2 0 C$23,756 C$2,109 for each additional person under 18 and by C$7,553 for each additional person 18 or over
2 1 C$26,613
2 2 C$28,728

Federal Income Table, 2014

The following table applies to all provinces except Quebec.

Table 3

Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)
Size of Family Unit Minimum necessary income
1 person (the sponsor) $23,647
2 persons $29440,
3 persons $36,193
4 persons $43,942
5 persons $49,839
6 persons $56,209
7 persons $62,581
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add $6,362

If you are using this kit after December 31, 2014, contact our Call Centre for revised LICO figures.


Appendix A: Sponsoring an adopted child or a child you intend to adopt


Important information

Citizenship process for adopted persons

Canada’s citizenship law was amended to allow Canadian citizens (except for those born outside Canada) who adopt a child from a foreign country the option of applying for Canadian citizenship for their adopted child without first having to apply for permanent residence. An application for Canadian Citizenship for a person adopted by a Canadian citizen (on or after January 1, 1947) is available. Adopted persons who are adults may apply for themselves. You can download the application by visiting the following website.

If you want to apply for Canadian citizenship for an adopted child or you are a child adopted by a Canadian citizen, refer to the CIC website to help you determine if you should apply for citizenship or for permanent residence.


The Hague Convention

Many intercountry adoptions are now subject to the requirements of the Hague Convention on Adoption. These adoptions must be initiated through provincial or territorial adoption authorities and receive the appropriate approvals. Contact your provincial or territorial authorities for information on how the Convention may affect your adoption.

Provincial and Territorial Contacts for Adoptions

As adoption is a provincial responsibility, people who wish to adopt a child from outside of Canada must first contact provincial or territorial adoption authorities. Once you have initiated the adoption application through the provincial or territorial authorities and have obtained the appropriate approval, you may begin the sponsorship process for a child.

  • Alberta
    Alberta Children’s Services
    Program Manager, Adoption Services
    Tel: (780) 422-5641
    Fax: (780) 427-2048
  • British Columbia
    Ministry of Children and Families Adoption Branch
    Tel: (250) 387-3660
    Fax: (250) 356-1864
  • Manitoba
    Manitoba Family Services
    Child and Family Services
    Intercountry Adoptions Specialist Tel: (204) 945-6964
    Fax: (204) 945-6717
  • New Brunswick
    Department of Social Development Family and Community Services
    Tel: (506) 444-5970
    Fax: (506) 453-2082
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
    Department of Child, Youth & Family Services Adoption Division
    Tel: (709) 729-5134
    Fax: (709) 729-6382
  • Northwest Territories
    Department of Health and Social Services Coordinator, Child and Family Services Unit
    Tel: (867) 873-7943
    Fax: (867) 873-7706
  • Nova Scotia
    Department of Community Services
    Manager of Adoption and Foster Care
    Tel: (902) 424-5367
    Fax: (902) 424-0708
  • Nunavut
    Department of Health and Social Services
    Tel: (867) 975-5750
    Fax: (867) 975-5705
  • Ontario
    Ministry of Community, Family and Children’s Services Adoption Unit, Central Services
    Tel: (416) 327-4742
    Fax: (416) 212-6799
  • Prince Edward Island
    Department of Health and Social Services Child, Family and
    Tel: (902) 368-6514
    Fax: (902) 368-6136
  • Quebec
    Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, Secrétariat à l’adoption internationale
    Tel: (514) 873-5226 ou 1-800-561-0246
    Fax: (514) 873-1709
  • Saskatchewan
    Saskatchewan Social Services
    Tel: (306) 787-0008
    Fax: (306) 787-0925
  • Yukon
    Family and Children’s Services
    Placement and Support Services
    Tel: (867) 667-3473
    Fax: (867) 393-6204

Adoptions completed abroad

The requirements that must be met for sponsorships of children adopted abroad are as follows:

  • the child was under the age of 18 when the adoption took place;
  • the adoption was in the best interests of the child.

What does ‘the best interests of the child’ meant?

The best interests of the child means that:

  • a competent authority had conducted or approved a home study of the adoptive parents;
  • before the adoption, the child’s parents gave their free and informed consent to the child’s adoption;
  • the adoption created a genuine parent-child relationship;
  • the adoption was in accordance with the laws of the place where the adoption took place;
  • the adoption was in accordance with the laws of the sponsor’s country of residence;
    • if the sponsor lived in Canada at the time the adoption took place, the competent authority of the child’s province of intended destination must have stated in writing that it does not object to the adoption;
  • if the adoption was subject to the Hague Convention on Adoption, the competent authority of the country where the adoption took place and the province of destination have stated in writing that they approve the adoption as conforming to the Convention;
  • if the adoption was not subject to the Hague Convention on Adoption, there is no evidence that the adoption is for the purpose of child trafficking or undue gain within the meaning of the Convention.

Adoptions completed in Canada

The requirements that must be met for sponsorships of children adopted in Canada are as follows:

  • the child is under the age of 18;
  • there is no evidence that the adoption is for the purpose of acquiring any privileges or status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • if the adoption was subject to the Hague Convention on Adoption, the competent authority of the country in which the child lives and the province of destination of that child have stated in writing that they approve the adoption as conforming to the Convention;
  • if the adoption was not subject to the Hague Convention on Adoption,
  • the child has been placed for adoption in the country in which he or she lives or is legally available in that country for adoption and there is no evidence that the adoption is for the purpose of child trafficking or undue gain within the meaning of the Convention and
  • the competent authority of the child’s province of intended destination must have stated in writing that it does not object to the adoption.

Unnamed child

Sponsorships for children who are not yet identified are accepted; once the child is identified, the sponsor must notify the appropriate visa office and provincial authority.

For Quebec residents, contact the office of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion for sponsorship requirements in Quebec

Sibling adoptions

Situations may arise where an adoption application is still pending for an unknown child and sponsors are notified that the birth resulted in multiple births, or that there are additional siblings available for adoption.

If sponsors wish to adopt the second child or the additional siblings they will have to submit an additional:

  • Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344);
  • Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)
  • Processing fees.

Note: Sponsors should write “Sibling adoption” on the envelope for the second child or the additional siblings in order for CIC officers to match the new application(s) to existing files.


Medical Condition Statement

  1. You will have to satisfy the visa office that you have obtained good and reliable information about the child’s health status before a permanent resident visa can be issued to that child if you are sponsoring:
    • a child you have adopted or are in the process of adopting outside Canada and you were or are living in Canada at the time the adoption took/takes place, or
    • a child you intend to adopt in Canada, or
    • an orphaned brother, sister, nephew or niece.
  2. You may obtain this information from authorities in the country of adoption, through an independent medical examination or from the child’s immigration medical record.
  3. Once you have obtained the information with respect to the child’s medical condition, read the Medical Condition Statement (PDF, 61 KB) provided, complete the bottom portion, sign it and send it to the visa office processing the permanent residence application submitted on behalf of the child.

Requirements for issuing an immigration visa

For all adoption cases, there is an immigration requirement prior to visa issuance:

  • to obtain a letter from the provincial or territorial authorities stating that they have no objection to the adoption. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will make this request directly to the appropriate provincial or territorial authorities at the time of the sponsorship approval;
  • to provide a written statement confirming that the sponsor of a child has obtained information about the medical condition of the child whom the sponsor has adopted or is in the process of adopting outside Canada, or intends to adopt in Canada. Read the Medical Condition Statement.

Note: If you are sponsoring a child adopted abroad or whom you intend to adopt in Canada, make sure you obtain the medical information. Then complete and sign the bottom portion of the Medical Condition Statement and return it to the visa office processing the permanent residence application you are submitting on behalf of the child


More information on adoptions

For more information, contact the provincial and territorial authorities or visit our website.

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