Applying for permanent residence from within Canada: Spouse or common-law partner in Canada class (IMM 5289)

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

Important information

Before you fill out the forms, read the following important information:

Things to remember

  • A foreign national cannot become a permanent resident in Canada if he or she is inadmissible for reasons other than lack of legal immigration status in Canada.

    A temporary resident permit (TRP) holder is inadmissible unless the circumstances that lead to the issuance of the TRP are resolved.

    The person being sponsored must resolve the circumstances that resulted in the inadmissibility before submitting an application for permanent residence.

    Refer to the guide for temporary resident permit holders:

    Applying to Remain in Canada as a Temporary Resident Permit Holder (IMM 5554).

  • The family class is aimed at faster processing of spouse or common‑law partner applications from applicants outside Canada.

    Processing times for spouses or common‑law partners in Canada are generally longer.

    The person being sponsored can apply to a visa office outside Canada to take advantage of the family class processing standard. Processing times for applications processed in Canada are posted on our Web site.

  • Processing times may be longer if the principal applicant has dependent family members outside Canada that are included in the application for permanent residence.

    The person being sponsored will not be granted permanent residence until family members have been examined and have passed medical, background and security requirements.

  • Dependent children include children in the custody of a former spouse or common‑law partner.

    The person being sponsored should resolve any child custody disputes before submitting an application.

  • Leaving Canada can automatically cancel temporary resident status as a visitor, student or worker.

    The person being sponsored has no guarantee that he or she will be permitted to return or re‑enter Canada if he or she leaves before permanent residence is approved. This is especially true if a Temporary Resident Visa is required to enter Canada.

  • Applications in this category cannot be transferred to immigration offices outside Canada.

    The person being sponsored will have to submit a new application to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC‑M) if he or she cannot return to Canada.


Maintaining legal status

Spouses and common law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada who wish to apply for permanent resident status are required to have legal immigration status in order to qualify under the Spouse or Common-law partner in Canada class.

Important information. Applicants who wish to be able to continue to work and study in Canada must submit an application for extension before the work or study permit expires.


Information on Conditional Permanent Residence

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

Examples

Condition applies if the couple:

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

Condition does not apply if the couple:

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

For more information, consult the Frequently Asked Questions.


What does it mean to sponsor?

When you agree to be a sponsor, you must sign a contract called an undertaking. The undertaking is a promise to provide financial support for your spouse or common‑law partner’s basic requirements and those of his or her dependent children.

Note: Basic requirements are food, clothing, shelter and other needs for everyday living. Dental care, eye care and other health needs not covered by public health services are also included. The undertaking guarantees that the principal applicant and his or her dependent children will not have to apply for social assistance.


Sponsorship eligibility

In order to sponsor, you must…

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

You may NOT sponsor if you…

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

Defaults

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

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

Whom may I sponsor using this application package?

You may sponsor your spouse or common‑law partner if he or she meets the following requirements:

  • lives with you in Canada,
  • has a valid passport or travel document,
  • is 16 years of age or older,
  • is your spouse or common‑law partner for genuine reasons and not primarily to obtain permanent resident status in Canada.

AND:

If you are married

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

If your spouse is of the:

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

If you are in a common‑law relationship

You can sponsor the person as your common‑law partner

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

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.

Who may not use this application package?

  • If the person you want to sponsor lives outside Canada.
  • If you intend to appeal if the application is refused.

You cannot use this guide. You can, however, use the guide Sponsorship of a Spouse, Common‑Law Partner, Conjugal Partner or Dependent Child Living Outside Canada (IMM 3900).


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.


Length of undertaking

Your obligations as a sponsor begin as soon as you sign the undertaking. The table below will help you determine how long your undertaking will be valid.

Your spouse or common‑law partner

Length of undertaking 3 years from the day spouse or common-law partner becomes a permanent resident.

Dependent child over 19 years of age

Your dependent child or the dependent child of your spouse or common‑law partner and is over 19 years of age on the day he or she becomes a permanent resident.

Length of undertaking 3 years from the day dependent child becomes a permanent resident.

Dependent child under 19 years of age

Your dependent child or the dependent child of your spouse or common‑law partner and is under 19 years of age on the day he or she becomes a permanent resident.

Length of undertaking 10 years from the day dependent child becomes a permanent resident, or until the child reaches 25 years of age, whichever comes first.

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


Suspension of processing

If any of the proceedings below apply to you and you submit a sponsorship application, your application will not be processed until a final decision on that proceeding is made.

  • Proceedings have been initiated against you 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 have been charged with an offence that is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least ten years

May I cancel my undertaking after it has been approved?

If you change your mind after submitting the sponsorship application and undertaking, you must write us a letter before your spouse or common-law partner is granted permanent resident status. An undertaking can only be withdrawn if the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC-M) agrees to the withdrawal. If the CPC agrees to the withdrawal, there is no repayment of processing fees for an application for permanent residence and there is no right of appeal.

If your spouse or common-law partner has already been granted permanent resident status, the promise you made to support your spouse or common-law partner will be valid for the term of your undertaking. Under no circumstances does the granting of Canadian citizenship, divorce, separation or moving to another province cancel the undertaking. The undertaking also remains in effect if your financial situation deteriorates.


Step 1. Gather all documents

What documents are required?

The table below outlines the documents that you need to include with your application. You must also use the Document Checklist included at the end of the form (IMM 5443) to assist you in gathering the necessary documentation.

Note. If any of the required documents are missing, or photocopies are not clear, your application will be returned to you.

Important information. Failure to submit the required documents will result delays in the processing of your application.

Note: Additional documents may be required during the processing of your application.

Note: Make sure that any photocopies are clear and easy to read. Photocopies do not need to be certified. Do not send originals unless specified, because they will not be returned.


For the sponsor

One (1) proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residence

If you are a Canadian citizen:

  • Canadian birth certificate, or
  • Both sides of certificate of Canadian citizenship, or
  • Both sides of your certificate of registration of birth abroad, if applicable, or
  • Canadian passport or travel document pages showing the passport number, issue and expiry dates, your photo, your family name, your given name, and your date of birth.
If you are a permanent resident:
  • Both sides of your permanent resident card, or
  • Record of Landing (IMM 1000), or
  • Confirmation of permanent residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688).

Format: Photocopies

Proof of income

You must attach proof of your income. 

For more information. Refer to the Document Checklist (IMM 5443) for information about proof of income

Format: Photocopies

For the principal applicant and his or her dependent children

Passport

Passport pages showing the following information:

  • name,
  • date of birth,
  • issue and expiry dates,
  • the stamp made by a Canadian authority showing your most recent entry into Canada.

Format: Photocopies

Immigration document confirming your status in Canada

Examples:

  • visitor visa,
  • study permit,
  • work permit,
  • temporary resident permit (TRP),
  • document proving that you have legal status in Canada.

Format: Photocopies

Birth certificates

You must provide:

  • birth certificate,
  • a birth certificate or Canadian citizenship certificate for any dependent children.

Format: Photocopies

Documents for dependent or adopted children

You must provide:

  • custody papers for your children from a previous relationship,
  • all adoption papers for your dependent children who were adopted.

Format: Photocopies

Police certificates

Police certificates are required from all countries where you have lived for 6 months since reaching the age of 18.
 
For more information. See: “Police certificates” in this section.

Format: Originals

Medical examinations

Medical examinations are required for the principal applicant and all of his or her dependent children.
 
For more information. See: “Medical instructions” in this section.

2 photos for the application for permanent residence

The photos must have been taken in the last 6 months and must adhere to the specifications listed in this guide. It is not necessary to provide photos for dependent children who are already Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Format: Originals

Other documents (if applicable)

You must also provide the following documents:

  • both sides of the United States Alien Registration card (Green Card),
  • a translation of documents in a language other than French or English.

For more information. See: “Translation of documents” in this section.

Format: Photocopies

Note: Documents must be provided for each person included in the application

For both the sponsor and the applicant

If you are married
  • Your marriage certificate, and
  • Photos of the wedding ceremony.

Note: Do not send originals, as they will not be returned.

Format: Photocopies

If you have been married previously

One of the following:

  • divorce decree,
  • annulment certificate,
  • separation papers,
  • death certificate.

Format: Photocopies

If you are in a common‑law relationship

Proof of your common‑law relationship, such as:

  • joint bank account statements,
  • joint savings account statements,
  • joint credit card statements,
  • joint line of credit statements,
  • jointly signed lease,
  • jointly signed mortgage papers or purchase agreement,
  • statutory declarations from persons/individuals with knowledge that the relationship is genuine and continuing.
Also submit:
  • photos of shared activities (trips, family activities, community activities, etc.)

Note: Do not send original photos, as they will not be returned.

Format: Photocopies

If you were in a common‑law relationship previously
  • Declaration of severance of common‑law relationship

Format: Photocopies


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.


Police certificates

You and your family members who are 18 years of age and older and are not permanent residents or Canadian citizens must provide:

  • valid police certificate, or
  • police clearance, or
  • record of no information.

These documents are to be provided for each country other than Canada, in which you have lived for six (6) consecutive months or longer since reaching the age of 18.

Note: If you or your family members were under 18 years of age (16 years of age in certain jurisdictions) for the entire time you lived in a particular country, you do not need to provide a police certificate for that country.

The certificate must have been issued no more than three (3) months prior to submitting your application. If the original certificate is not in English or French, then you will need to submit both the certificate and the original copy of the translation prepared by an accredited translator.

We will also do our own background checks to determine if there are grounds under which you and your dependants may be inadmissible to Canada.

Please consult our website for specific and up-to-date information on how to obtain police certificates from any country.

How to obtain police certificates

Step 1. Apply for certificates

It is your responsibility to contact the relevant authorities.

Certificates are usually issued by the police of the country concerned, but in some countries you will have to apply to municipal, provincial, federal or other government authorities. The country's embassy or consulate in Canada may be able to give additional information.

When applying for police certificates, you should include for each person:

Step 2. Submit the certificates

Include the police certificates with your application.

  • If the police authorities notify you that they will submit the certificates directly to us, include this notice with your application.
  • All police certificates must be originals; photocopies are not acceptable.
  • If your certificates are in a language other than English or French, attach an original translation prepared by an accredited translator.
What if I cannot get the police certificates?

If you cannot get police certificates from any of the countries where you have lived, you must provide a written explanation with your application and an original letter from the police authority confirming that they will not issue a certificate.


Convictions / offences outside Canada

If you were convicted of or committed a criminal offence outside Canada, you may overcome this criminal inadmissibility

  • by applying for rehabilitation, or
  • you may be deemed to have been rehabilitated if at least ten years have passed since you completed the sentence imposed upon you, or since you committed the offence, if the offence is one that would, in Canada, be an indictable offence punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of less than ten years.

If the offence is one that would, in Canada, be prosecuted summarily, and if you were convicted for two (2) or more such offences, the period for rehabilitation is at least five (5) years after the sentences imposed were served or are to be served.

Convictions/offences in Canada

If you have a criminal conviction in Canada, you must seek a record suspension (formerly a pardon) from the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) before you will be admissible to Canada.

Note. Do not complete the forms in this guide until you have received your record suspension.
You can request a Record Suspension Application Guide or additional information from:

Parole Board of Canada
Clemency and Record Suspension Division
410 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0R1
Telephone:
1-800-874-2652 (Callers in Canada and the United States only)
Fax: 1-613-941-4981
Email: suspension@pbc-clcc.gc.ca
Website: http://pbc-clcc.gc.ca/index-eng.shtml
(The instructional guide and application forms can be downloaded from the website)

In order to be considered for a record suspension under the Criminal Records Act, a specified period of time must pass after the end of the sentence imposed. The sentence may have been payment of a fine, period of probation, or imprisonment.

Note: Once you have a copy of the record suspension, send a photocopy to a Canadian visa office or Citizenship and Immigration Centre. If you are travelling to Canada carry a copy of the record suspension with you.

If you have had two (2) or more summary convictions in Canada, you may no longer be inadmissible if:

  • at least five (5) years have passed since all sentences imposed were served or to be served,
  • you have had no other convictions.

Important information. See Eligibility for Rehabilitation for a summary of the type of offences and length of rehabilitation periods.


Medical requirements

To become permanent residents, you and all your dependent children must complete a medical examination.

If your dependent child is a minor of whom you have joint or sole custody, that child is considered a dependant. The child will have to undergo a medical examination even if he lives with the other parent and will not be joining you in Canada.

Important information. Family members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents do not need to pass a medical examination.

Note: If you had already completed an immigration medical examination, you must provide proof. Depending on how long ago the examination was completed, you may have to do it again. CIC will advise you if a new medical examination is required.

Medical instructions

You may either:

  • undergo an upfront medical examination by contacting a Panel Physician or
  • wait until your application is reviewed and medical instructions are provided to you by the immigration office.

Get the instructions to complete the medical examination. 

Note: When medical results are submitted up-front, routine cases benefit from faster processing since we do not have to request them at a later date. If you choose to have an upfront medical exam, you must submit proof that you completed the medical examination with your application. Failure to do so may result in processing delays.

Medical insurance

You may be able to receive medical insurance while your application is being processed. Contact your provincial or territorial health department to find out if you are eligible.

 

Step 2. Complete the application

Completing the forms

Follow the step‑by‑step instructions below to fill out the application form.


Filling out the application

The following forms must be filled out and submitted by all applicants:

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



Important information

Be complete and accurate

Complete all sections. If a section does not apply to you, write “Not Applicable” or “NA”. If your application is incomplete it may be returned to you and this will delay the processing of your application.

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.


Completing the forms

*Dependent children aged 18 and over living outside Canada do not have to complete this form. The visa office will send them instructions.

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

Must be completed by the sponsor and his or her spouse or common-law partner.

Sponsorship Evaluation (IMM 5481)

Must be completed by the sponsor.

Sponsors living in Quebec do not need to complete this form (see: “Sponsors living in Quebec”).

Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)

Must be completed by the sponsor’s spouse or common‑law partner and his or her dependants aged 18 and over who are in Canada*

Additional Dependants/Declaration (IMM 0008DEP) if applicable.

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

Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)

Must be completed by the sponsor’s spouse or common‑law partner and his or her dependants aged 18 and over who are in Canada*

Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)

Must be completed by the sponsor’s spouse or common‑law partner and his or her dependants aged 18 and over who are in Canada*

Spouse/Common‑Law Partner Questionnaire (IMM 5285)

Must be completed by the sponsor’s spouse or common‑law partner and his or her dependants

Use of a Representative (IMM 5476)

Must be completed by the sponsor and his or her spouse or common‑law partner, if they choose to use a representative

Document Checklist (IMM 5443)

Must be completed by the sponsor and his or her spouse or common‑law partner


Sponsors living in Quebec

An agreement reached between the federal and Quebec governments gives the province responsibility for managing sponsorship undertakings agreed to in Quebec. This responsibility lies with the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI).

If you live in Quebec, you must first send your application to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC-M), If your sponsorship application is approved, then CPC-M will send you a letter with instructions to download MIDI’s undertaking kit, then to complete and submit it to the MIDI. You must attach a copy of CPC-M’s letter to the undertaking application that you submit to the MIDI.

If you are sponsoring your spouse or common-law partner, you do not need to demonstrate your financial ability to comply with the sponsorship undertaking, unless your spouse's or common-law partner's dependent child has dependent children of his or her own.

The MIDI will examine your sponsorship application and will tell you whether your undertaking has been accepted or refused. The MIDI may refuse your sponsorship application if:

  • you failed to fulfill the obligations of a previous undertaking because the person you sponsored received social assistance and you have not reimbursed the Quebec government;
  • during the five years before you submitted your sponsorship application, you failed to meet your obligations to pay support to your children or former spouse(s) and a judgment order was issued requiring you to fulfill your alimony obligations, but you have not yet reimbursed the amounts due;
  • you failed to comply with any other requirements imposed by the Quebec authorities or with any federal regulatory requirements, particularly if you receive social assistance and are not exempt from that condition.

A decision on your application will not be made until our office receives the decision of the MIDI concerning your undertaking application. Read and follow the instructions in this guide. However, you only need to complete the Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344). For more information, consult the table in Step 2 of the section Completing the forms for information concerning Quebec residents.

For more information on Quebec’s requirements, go to the MIDI’s Web site at www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.html and click on Sponsors and Sponsored Persons, or call the general information line at 514-864-9191 or 1-877-864-9191.


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

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

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


Note

Completing the form

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

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

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

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

A barcode page like the one below will be generated:

Sample Barcodes

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

3. Print all pages of your application form.

4. Sign and date in the spaces provided.

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


Part 1: Application to Sponsor and Undertaking

Question 1

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

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

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

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

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

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

Question 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full name

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

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

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

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

Question 2

Nickname/Alias

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

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

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

Question 3

Indicate your sex.

Question 4

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

Question 5

Indicate your city or town of birth.

Indicate your country of birth.

Question 6

Indicate your status in Canada:

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

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

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

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

    Common-Law:

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

    Divorced:

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

    Legally Separated:

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

    Married:

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

    Single:

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

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

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

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

Question 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Question 2

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

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

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

Indicate the type of telephone:

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

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

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

Question 4

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

Indicate the type of telephone:

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

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

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

Question 5

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

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

Question 6

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

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


Note
Sponsor Residency Declaration

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

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


Note
Sponsor Eligibility Assessment
Question 1-18

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

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

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

Note
Co-Signer Personal Details

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

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

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

Co-Signer Contact Information
Question 1

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

Indicate the type of telephone:

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

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

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

Question 2

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

Indicate the type of telephone:

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

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

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

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

Question 4

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

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


Note
Co-Signer Residency Declaration

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

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


Note
Co-Signer Eligbility Assessment
Question 1-15

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

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

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


Important information

Undertaking by Sponsor and Co-Signer, if applicable

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


Part 2: Sponsorship Agreement

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

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


Note
Declaration

Read the declaration statement carefully before signing.

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

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

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


Note
Signatures

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

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

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


Sponsorship Evaluation – IMM 5481

Who completes this form?

The sponsor completes this form.

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

Quebec residents do not need to complete this form.


Question 1

Write your full name, including family name, maiden name (if applicable), and all given names.

Question 2

Check the box that best describes your current situation:

  • Unemployed
  • Employed (i.e. you are working for an employer and are paid a salary, wages or a commission for your services)
  • Self‑employed (i.e. you have your own business, practise a trade or profession and conduct activities for profit)
Question 3

Write your net personal income for the 12 months preceding the date of your application. Also write the dates of that 12‑month period.

Question 4

You are included in the count by default. Go to section 5.

Question 5

Details of current and previous undertakings.
 
Write the number of persons included in undertakings in effect and not yet in effect.
 
If you have signed undertakings in the past, you must provide some details about them. Follow the instructions on the form and be specific.

Question 6

Write the number of persons for whom you are financially responsible but who are not listed in sections 5A and 5B, if applicable.

Question 7

Add the number of persons listed in sections 4, 5 and 6. Write the total in the box provided.


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.


Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)

Who needs to fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • You, as the principal applicant,
  • Your spouse or common-law partner (whether accompanying you to Canada or not), and
  • Your dependent children aged 18 or over (whether accompanying you to Canada or not).

SECTION A

Write the personal details for:

  • yourself,
  • your spouse or common-law partner, (if applicable)
  • your mother, and
  • your father.

SECTION B

Write the personal details for your children. It is very important that you list all of your children (even if they are already permanent residents or citizens of Canada). This includes:

  • married children,
  • adopted children,
  • children of your spouse(step-children) or common-law partner,
  • any of your children who have been adopted by others,
  • any of your children who are in the custody of an ex-spouse, former common-law partner or other guardian.

You must answer all questions. If any sections do not apply to you, answer “N/A”.

SECTION C

Write personal details about your:

  • brother(s),
  • sister(s),
  • half-brother(s) and half-sister(s),
  • step-brother(s) and step-sister(s).

SECTION D

After carefully reading the statements contained in this section, sign and date the declaration.


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.


Spouse/Common‑Law Partner Questionnaire – IMM 5285

Who completes this form?

To be completed by the principal applicant (the person being sponsored).
Question 1
First meeting
 
List the details of the first time you met your sponsor. Include the following information:
  • the date you first met in person,
  • where you met,
  • the circumstances surrounding the meeting,
  • the name of the person who introduced you, if applicable.
Question 2
Outings and trips
 
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether you and your sponsor went on any trips or outings together. Provide details.
Question 3
Current living arrangements
 
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether you are currently living with your sponsor.
 
If you answer no, explain why not.
 
If you answer yes, write your period of cohabitation.
Question 4
Friends and family
 
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether your family and friends know about your relationship.
 
If you answer no, explain why not.
 
If you answer yes, write the following:
  • the names of the people who know about your relationship
  • your relationship to those people
  • when those people met your sponsor
Question 5
Common‑law relationship
 
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether you and your sponsor have been in a common‑law relationship for at least 12 months.
 
If you answer no, go to the next question.
 
If you answer yes, provide written and documentary evidence of your relationship. Attach the documentation to the form. Acceptable documentation includes :
(this list is not exhaustive)
  • joint insurance policies
  • wills
  • documents naming your partner as beneficiary
  • documents showing travel together
  • identity documents showing the same address
  • documents showing joint ownership of possessions
  • joint mortgage/loan documents
  • joint lease/rental agreements
  • joint bank account statements
  • joint credit card statements
Question 6
Marriage
 
Answer this question only if you and your sponsor are married.
Question 7
Ceremonies
 
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether there were any ceremonies to celebrate your relationship.
 
If you answer no, explain why not.
 
If you answer yes, attach a photo of the ceremony and describe the following on a separate sheet of paper:
  • the kind of ceremony (civil, religious, etc.)
  • the date and location (city or town)
  • the number of attendees
  • who performed the ceremony
Question 7A
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether your parents attended the ceremony.
 
If you answer no, explain why not.
Question 7B
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether the sponsor’s parents attended the ceremony.
 
If you answer no, explain why not.
Question 8
Parenthood
 
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether you or your sponsor is pregnant.
 
If you answer yes, attach a letter from the attending physician indicating the anticipated date of birth.
Question 9A
Previous relationships
 
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether you were ever previously married or in a common‑law relationship.
 
If you answer no, go to question 10.
If you answer yes, provide the following details about your previous spouse or common‑law partner:
  • his or her full name, including family name, maiden name (if applicable), and all given names,
  • his or her date of birth,
  • his or her complete address, including street, city, province, state or district, and country. If there is no street number, explain specifically where the house or building is located. A post office box (P.O.) number is not a valid address,
  • the dates and length of the relationship,
  • the date of divorce, separation or death.
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether you are attaching divorce or separation papers or a death certificate.
 
If you answer no, explain why not.
 
If you answer yes, attach only a photocopy.
Question 9B
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether there are any children from the marriage or common‑law relationship.
 
If you answer yes, provide the following details about each child:
  • his or her full name, including family name, maiden name (if applicable), and all given names
  • his or her date of birth
  • his or her complete address, including street, city, province, state or district, and country. If there is no street number, explain specifically where the house or building is located. A post office box (P.O.) number is not a valid address
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether you are attaching a copy of the custody agreement.
 
If you answer no, explain why not.
 
If you answer yes, attach a copy of the agreement.
Question 10
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether your sponsor was ever previously married or in a common‑law relationship.
 
If you answer no, go to the next question.
 
If you answer yes, write the number of times your husband or common‑law partner has been:
  • married
  • in a common‑law relationship
You also need to provide the following details about your sponsor’s previous spouses or common‑law partners:
  • his or her full name, including family name, maiden name (if applicable), and all given names;
  • his or her date of birth;
  • his or her complete address, including street, city, province, state or district, and country. If there is no street number, explain specifically where the house or building is located. A post office box (P.O.) number is not a valid address;
  • the dates and length of the relationship;
  • the date of divorce, separation or death.
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether you are attaching divorce or separation papers or the death certificate.
 
If you answer no, explain why not.
 
If you answer yes, attach only a photocopy.
Question 11
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether your sponsor has ever previously applied to sponsor another person.
 
If you answer no, go to the next question.
 
If you answer yes, provide the following details about the person:
  • his or her full name, including family name, maiden name (if applicable), and all given names,
  • his or her date of birth,
  • his or her current relationship to your sponsor.
Question 12
Provide any additional details of your current relationship that you believe would help to prove your relationship is genuine and continuing. Use a separate sheet of paper.
Question 13

Check “Yes” or “No” to indicate if you consent to the results of a marriage fraud investigation being released to your sponsor.

Consent provide for this question is voluntary. If consent is not provided, you application will still be processed and this will not have a negative impact.


Note

Sign the form.

If you used an interpreter, have him or her complete the “Interpreter Declaration” section at the end of the form.


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

Calculating your fees

Use the table 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 Fee Number of persons Amount per person Amount Due
Principal applicant 1 x $550 $550
Dependent child aged under 19, unmarried and not in a common-law relationship   x $150  

Dependent child aged 19 or older who has been unable to be financially self-supporting since before the age of 19 due to a physical or mental condition

  x $150  
Total Payment:  

and

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

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

Right of Permanent Residence Fee Number of persons Amount per person Amount Due
Principal applicant 1 x $490 $490
Total Payment:  

Note: The following persons are exempt from paying the Right of Permanent Residence Fee of $490:

  • Your dependent children;
  • You, if you are the principal applicant and the dependent child of a permanent resident or Canadian citizen. You must meet the definition of “dependent child” at the time of the application;
  • You and your family member, if you are a protected person.

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. Mail the application

Where to mail the application?

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

Affix sufficient postage (top right of the envelope)
Sender (top left of the envelope)
(Your name)
(Your Address)
(Your Postal Code)

In-Canada sponsorship
CPC ― Mississauga
P. O. Box 5040, Station B
Mississauga, Ontario
L5A 3A4

If you are sending the application by a courier service, use the following address (no public drop-offs):

Case Processing Centre – Mississauga
2 Robert Speck Parkway, Suite 300
Mississauga, ON
L4Z 1H8


Note

Forms

Before submitting your application, attach all of the forms completed by both you and your spouse or common‑law partner. Ensure that all forms have been filled out and signed and that you have included all supporting documentation, including your receipt. Your application will not be processed if even one document is missing.


Mail the Document Checklist

Make sure you use the Document Checklist (IMM 5443) and attach it to your application.

Note

Sign the 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 at the bottom of the page,
  • 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

When submitting your application, to ensure your encoded data is captured, you must include the last page or pages 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).


What happens next?

Application process

If all of the sponsorship requirements are met, we will

  • process your spouse’s or common‑law partner’s application
  • send your spouse or common‑law partner a letter stating whether he or she has been approved or whether more information is required
  • conduct medical, security and background checks
  • contact your spouse or common‑law partner for a permanent residence interview, at which time the final decision on permanent resident status will be made

Useful information

  • If your spouse’s or common‑law partner’s application is refused
    • Your spouse or common-law partner must leave Canada at the end of their period of temporary stay
  • If you resolve the situation that made you ineligible to sponsor (e.g., you receive a pardon or repay a debt)
    • You may re-apply by submitting a new application and fees
  • If you our spouse or common-law partner leaves Canada while the application is being processed.
    • There is no guarantee that they will be allowed to re-enter Canada. This is especially true if they require a visitor visa.

Factors that can facilitate processing

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

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

Factors that may delay processing

The following factors may delay the processing of your application:

  • missing signature on application forms
  • missing documentation
  • incorrect fee payment
  • 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

Interview

If an interview is required, we will notify you in writing in advance of the date, time and location of the interview, as well as of the documents you must bring.

During an interview, an officer will ask the principal applicant about

  • his or her relationship with the sponsor
  • his or her education level
  • his or her reasons for immigrating
  • his or her plans and preparations

The principal applicant may also be asked about

  • his or her family
  • his or her health
  • his or her financial situation
  • past difficulties with the law

The principal applicant may also be asked questions that will be used to evaluate his or her ability to settle successfully in Canada.


Working and studying

As a general practice, we will advise applicants in writing when they are eligible to apply for a work or study permit.

However, if an applicant already holds a work or study permit and wants to maintain his or her temporary resident status, the applicant may apply to extend his or her status before receiving our letter. Regardless of whether the application is submitted before or after receiving our letter, refer to the guides for Applying to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada. These guides may be obtained by visiting our website or by contacting the Call Centre.

If the applicant already has a permit, he or she may continue to work or study as long as the permit is valid. It is illegal to work or study without authorization from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.



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.


Table 1 – Eligibility for Rehabilitation

The table below explains when a person may be deemed rehabilitated and is eligible to apply for parole.

Conviction or offence Rehabilitation period
When deemed rehabilitatedFootnote * When eligible to apply for rehabilitation
Conviction of an offence outside Canada that, if committed in Canada, would be an indictable offence punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of less than 10 years At least 10 years after completion of the sentence imposed Five years after completion of the sentence imposed
Commission of an offence outside Canada that, if committed in Canada, would be an indictable offence punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of less than 10 years At least 10 years after commission of the offence Five years after commission of the offence
Conviction or commission of an offence outside Canada, that, if committed in Canada, would be punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years or more Not applicable Five years from completion of the sentence or commission of the offence
Conviction for two or more offences outside Canada that, if committed in Canada, would constitute summary conviction offences At least five years after the sentences imposed were served or to be served Not applicable
Conviction for two or more summary conviction offences in Canada At least five years after the sentences imposed were served or to be served Must apply for a pardon
Conviction for two or more indictable offences in Canada Not applicable Must apply for a pardon

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.


Appendix A: Request for Police Certificates


Appendix B: Fingerprints request letter


Appendix C: Photo specifications

Notes to the applicant

TAKE THIS WITH YOU TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Immigration photographs are not the same as passport photographs.
  • Make sure that you provide the correct number of photographs specified in the Checklist.

Notes to the photographer

The photographs must:

  • show a full front view of the person’s head and shoulders showing full face centred in the middle of the photograph;
  • have a plain white background;
  • be identical (black and white or colour) produced from the same untouched negative, or exposed simultaneously by a split‑image or multi‑lens camera;

The photographs must:

  • measure between 25 mm and 30 mm (1”and 1 3/8”) from chin to crown;
  • have a 35 mm x 45 mm (1 3/8” x 1 3/4”) finished size.

described above

Find out if you are eligible

Come to Canada
Date Modified: