Sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent child
Complete Guide (IMM 5289)

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Before you apply

If you haven’t already, read our Basic Guide (IMM 5525), which has all the information you need to prepare your application package.

This guide is designed to give you more detailed information and guidance. For explanations of the terms used in the application process, see Appendix A: Key definitions.

Step 5 will help you avoid common mistakes

Who can use this application

Use this application if you’re a Canadian citizen, Registered Indian or a permanent resident of Canada who is 18 years of age or older and you want to sponsor:

  • your spouse or common-law partner who lives with you in Canada, and their dependent children
  • your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner who lives overseas, and their dependent children
  • your dependent children

Use this guide to help you prepare both:

  • your application to sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent child, and
  • your spouse, partner or dependent child’s application for permanent residence.

If you’re applying under the Spouse or Common-law partner in Canada class, your spouse or partner may be able to apply for an Open Work Permit. For more information, see the section Working and studying for spouses and partners.

Don’t use this guide if you’re sponsoring:

  • an adopted child or orphaned family member
  • other family members who are not your spouse, partner or dependent child.

If you’re sponsoring any of the above, use the sponsorship package for adopted children and other relatives instead.


Your obligations as a sponsor

When you agree to be a sponsor, you must sign an undertaking, promising to give financial support for the basic needs of your spouse or partner and their dependent children.

Basic needs are:

  • food, clothing, shelter and other needs for everyday living,
  • dental care, eye care and other health needs that aren’t covered by public health services.

By signing the undertaking agreement, you must make sure the people you sponsor won’t need to ask the government for financial help. If they receive social assistance, you’ll have to pay back what they received during the time you are legally responsible for them. You won’t be able to sponsor anyone else until you’ve repaid the amount. For more information, see the Defaults section below

The undertaking is a promise of support meaning that it will stay in effect for the length of the undertaking period even if your situation changes. The undertaking won’t be cancelled, even if:

  • the person you sponsor becomes a Canadian citizen
  • you become divorced, separated or your relationship with the sponsored person breaks down
  • you or the person you sponsor move to another province or country
  • you have financial problems

May I cancel my undertaking after it’s been approved?

If you change your mind after you submit the sponsorship application and undertaking, you must write us a letter before a final decision is made on the file. You can only withdraw an undertaking if the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC-M) agrees to the withdrawal. See Step 6 to find out where to mail your letter.

Length of undertaking

Your obligations as a sponsor start as soon as the undertaking is in effect. Read the information below to see how long your undertaking will be valid.

You’re sponsoring a spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner

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

You’re sponsoring a dependent child over 19 years of age

Length of undertaking is 3 years from the day your dependent child (or the dependent child of your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner) over 19 years of age becomes a permanent resident.

You’re sponsoring a dependent child under 19 years of age

Length of undertaking is 10 years from the day your dependent child (or the dependent child of your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner) under 19 years of age becomes a permanent resident, or until the child becomes 22 years old, whichever comes first. The length of undertaking for residents of Quebec is slightly different.

Note: You’ll be in default if your relative gets social assistance from the government while the undertaking is in effect.


Become a sponsor

You can become a sponsor if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen, a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or a permanent resident,
  • at least 18 years old
  • living in Canada:
    • if you’re a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you must show that you plan to live in Canada when your sponsored relative becomes a permanent resident.
    • You can’t sponsor someone if you’re a permanent resident living outside of Canada.
  • able to show that you can provide basic needs for:
    • yourself,
    • your spouse or partner,
    • your spouse or partner’s dependent children (if applicable)
    • your dependent child (if you’re sponsoring only your dependent child).

Note: All sponsors must show that they can provide for the basic needs of the persons being sponsored. However, if the spouse or partner you’re sponsoring has a grandchild who is coming with them, you must also show that you can meet the Low-Income-Cut-off, which is an amount published yearly by the Canadian government. This also applies if you’re sponsoring your dependent child who has a dependent child that is coming with them. You should fill out the Financial Evaluation form (IMM 1283) and submit it with your application. If you live in Quebec, you don’t have to submit this form to IRCC. See subsection 1(3) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) for more information.

You may not be able to sponsor if you…

  • signed an undertaking for a previous spouse or partner and it hasn’t been three years since they became a permanent resident,
  • receive social assistance for a reason other than disability,
  • previously sponsored someone and did not pay back any social assistance that they received while the undertaking was in place.
  • are in default on an immigration loan or a performance bond
  • did not pay court-ordered alimony or child support
    For more information. See Defaults below.
  • have declared bankruptcy which has not been discharged
  • were convicted of
    • an offence of a sexual nature,
    • a violent crime,
    • an offence against a relative that caused bodily harm or
    • threatened or attempted to commit any of the above offences—depending on the nature of the offence, how long ago it happened and if you received a pardon
      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 five years ago,
    For more information. See Five-year Sponsorship Bar
  • are under a removal order,
  • are in a penitentiary, jail, reformatory or prison,
  • have already applied to sponsor your current spouse or partner and haven’t received a decision.

Sponsoring if you live outside Canada

If you’re a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you can sponsor your:

  • spouse,
  • common-law partner,
  • conjugal partner,
  • dependent child who has no children of his or her own.

You must show that you’ll live in Canada when the sponsored person becomes a permanent resident.

Note: Permanent residents living abroad can’t sponsor from outside of Canada. Canadian citizens travelling as tourists are not considered to be living abroad.

Defaults

You can’t become a sponsor if any of the situations below apply to you:

A previous sponsorship undertaking

If family members you sponsored in the past got social assistance or welfare while the undertaking was valid, you can’t 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.

See appendix D to find out how to repay the money owed.

An immigration loan

If you got a transportation, assistance or right of permanent residence fee (previously called the right of landing fee) loan and have missed payments:

  • You can’t sponsor if you are in default of your loan. For more information, contact us.

Support payment obligations

If you were ordered by a court to make support payments to a spouse or child and haven’t made payments:

  • You can’t sponsor until you resolve the family support matter.

A performance bond

If you agreed to pay money to guarantee that an immigrant would fulfil his or her obligations under immigration legislation:

  • You can’t sponsor until you pay the full amount of the bond.

Five-year sponsorship bar for people who were sponsored to come to Canada as a spouse or partner

  • If a spouse or partner sponsored you, you can’t sponsor a new spouse or partner within five years of becoming a permanent resident.
  • This rule applies even if you got your Canadian citizenship within those five years.

Are you eligible to sponsor someone?

  • If we received your sponsorship application before March 2, 2012:

The five-year sponsorship bar doesn’t apply, no matter when you became a permanent resident.

  • If we received your sponsorship application on or after March 2, 2012:

The five-year sponsorship bar applies. You can’t sponsor someone until you’ve been a permanent resident for five years.

Sponsorship bar for violent crime

The sponsorship bar prevents people who’ve been convicted of certain crimes from sponsoring a family member.

If you’ve been convicted of a crime that caused bodily harm to any of the relatives listed below, you can’t sponsor anyone under the Family Class.

Note:

  • “Partner” includes common-law and conjugal partners.
  • Relatives not listed here may still fall under this category. If you aren’t sure, check the full list of rules or contact us.

Relatives the sponsorship bar can apply to:

  • your current or ex-spouse/partner and/or their children,
  • your children,
  • your parent/grandparent, child/grandchild, sibling, niece/nephew, aunt/uncle, or cousin, or
    • the current or ex-spouse/partner and children of the above
  • the parent/grandparent, child/grandchild, sibling, niece/nephew, aunt/uncle, or cousin of your current or ex-spouse/partner or children, or
    • the current or ex-spouse/partner and children of any of the above
  • your child’s spouse, partner or children,
  • your spouse’s, partner’s or child’s ex-spouse or ex-partner and children,
  • your partner’s parent/grandparent, child/grandchild, sibling, niece/nephew, aunt/uncle, or cousin, or
  • the current or ex-spouse/partner (and their children)of any of the above,
  • a foster child who is or was cared for by
    • you,
    • your current or ex-spouse/partner or their children,
    • your parent/grandparent, child/grandchild, sibling, aunt/uncle or cousin, or
    • the current or ex-spouse/partner (and their children) of any of the above, or
  • your current or ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, their spouse or common-law partner, and their dependent children.

Who you can sponsor

Using this application, you can sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner who is at least 18 years old, or your dependent child. (If you’re sponsoring an adopted child, use the sponsorship package for adopted children.) The person you’re sponsoring and their family members must pass background, security and medical checks.

Choose the class of application

  • If you’re sponsoring your conjugal partner or dependent child, you must submit an application under the Family Class. These applications are processed outside Canada.
  • If you’re sponsoring your spouse or common-law partner, you may sponsor them under the Family Class or under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class.
  • When you sponsor a spouse or common-law partner, you must specify the “Class of Application” on the checklist you’ll submit as the covering page for your application package.

Apply under the Family Class if:

  • the person you want to sponsor lives outside Canada
  • the person you want to sponsor currently lives with you in Canada but doesn’t plan to stay in Canada while the application is being processed
  • you plan to appeal if the application is refused
  • you’re sponsoring your conjugal partner or dependent child

Apply under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class if your spouse or common-law partner:

  • lives with you in Canada
  • has valid immigration status in Canada
  • would like to apply for, and qualifies for, an Open Work Permit so that they can work while the application is being processed

For more detailed information about the requirements for these classes, see Part 7 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations:

  • for requirements to sponsor a spouse or common-law partner under the Family Class, see Part 7, Division 1
  • for requirements to sponsor under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class, see Part 7, Division 2

Sponsoring your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner

If you’re married

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

Opposite and same-sex marriages:

  • 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 in the country where it took place and in Canada.

Note: IRCC no longer recognizes marriages performed outside of Canada by proxy, telephone, fax, Internet and other forms of marriage where one or both persons were not physically present at the ceremony. For more information, see Operational Bulletin 613.

If you’re in a common-law relationship

You can sponsor the person as your common-law partner (same or opposite sex) as long as you’ve been living or have lived with your partner for at least 12 consecutive months in a marriage-like relationship.

If you’re in conjugal relationship

A conjugal partner is:

  • a person who is living outside Canada,
  • in a conjugal relationship with the sponsor for at least one year, and
  • could not live with the sponsor as a couple because of reasons beyond their control (e.g. immigration barrier, religious reasons or sexual orientation).

This term applies to both opposite and same-sex couples.

You can sponsor a conjugal partner if:

  • there is a significant degree of attachment between the two of you, implying not just a physical relationship but a mutually interdependent relationship, and
  • you’ve been in a genuine (real) relationship for at least 12 months where marriage or cohabitation (living together) hasn’t been possible because of barriers such as sexual orientation, religious faith, etc.

Important: If you’re applying in the conjugal partner class, the person being sponsored cannot be living in Canada.

Sponsoring your spouse or common-law partner who lives with you in Canada

You can apply under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class if your spouse or common-law partner cohabits (lives) with you in Canada and has temporary resident status.

Your spouse or common-law partner can’t become a permanent resident in Canada if they’re inadmissible for any reason other than not having legal immigration status in Canada. A public policy also covers spouses and common-law partners who will be assessed for permanent residence even if they have no legal immigration status in Canada. Before applying, your spouse or common-law partner in Canada must resolve any other situation that made them inadmissible.

To qualify under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class, the sponsored person must:

  • be the spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada and
  • have legal immigration status

Your spouse or partner may be eligible for an open work permit. For more information, see the section about Working and studying for spouses and partners below.

Important information: if your spouse or partner is already working or studying in Canada and would like to continue, they must apply for an extension before their work or study permit expires.

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

If your spouse or common-law partner leaves Canada before becoming a permanent resident, they may not be allowed to come back. This is especially true if they need a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada.

If your spouse or partner can’t return to Canada, you must submit a new application to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC-M).

Working and studying – spouses and common-law partners in Canada

If your spouse or common-law partner already has a work or study 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 IRCC.

Working

Your spouse or common-law partner in Canada can apply for an open work permit when they apply for permanent residence. They must include a completed Application to Change Conditions, Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker form [IMM 5710] (PDF, 483.07 KB) and the correct fee, explaining that they are applying for an open work permit.

If your spouse or common-law partner has already submitted an application for permanent residence but hasn’t applied for an open work permit, they can submit a completed IMM 5710 and the correct fee to this address:

  • CPC – Vegreville
    WP - Unit 777
    6212-55 Avenue
    Vegreville, AB
    T9C 1X6

For more instructions, see the guide for Applying to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada.

See the Help Centre for information about Open work permits for spouses and partners.

Note: If you’re applying under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class and you’ve submitted an application for an open work permit, your work permit will normally be processed within four months.

Studying

We will advise your spouse or common-law partner in writing when they’re eligible to apply for a study permit.

However, if your spouse or common-law partner already has a study permit and wants to keep their temporary resident status as a student, they may submit an Application to Change Conditions, Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Student form [IMM 5709] (PDF, 488.83 KB). See the guide for more instructions.

Sponsoring your dependent children

You can sponsor your dependent children outside Canada who meet the following definition:

Definitions of dependent children (types 1 and 2)

Your child or the child of your spouse or 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 because of a physical or mental condition.

Note: Your dependent children must meet these requirements on the day the Case Processing Centre receives your application. Whether or not they’ve reached the age of 19, children falling under type 1 must not be married or be in a common-law relationship when we issue the visa and when they enter Canada.

The person you’re sponsoring has a child in the sole custody of a previous spouse. Do they need to include this child in their application?

Yes. Children in the custody of a previous spouse or partner are considered dependent children.

Even if there’s a written agreement or court order to show that the sponsored person doesn’t have custody or responsibility, you must list the child on the application and this child must do a medical exam.

Doing this gives the sponsored person the possibility to sponsor their child as a member of the family class in the future, when there may be changes to the custody or living arrangements. Also, if a permanent resident doesn’t declare all their family members on their application, they could risk losing their permanent resident status.

Passports for family members

The person you’re sponsoring and their accompanying family members must have valid passports or travel documents when they arrive. Any documents that are about to expire should be renewed. The person being sponsored should send copies of the new passport or travel document to the office processing the application.

You can’t use diplomatic, official, service or public affairs passports to immigrate to Canada. The person being sponsored must have a valid regular or private passport when they arrive.

Note: The validity of a visa may be affected by the validity of the passport.

How long is a permanent resident visa valid?

A permanent resident visa is issued for a period not extending beyond the earliest expiry date of the sponsored person’s (and any family members):

  • medical results
  • passports

Important information: Once issued, permanent resident visas can’t be extended. If applicants don’t use the visas within their validity period, they must re-apply for immigration to Canada. Their sponsor will have to submit a new sponsorship application and pay new processing fees.


Criminality

Generally, people with criminal convictions are not allowed to come to Canada.

Convictions or offences outside Canada

If the person you’re sponsoring is outside Canada and has committed or has been convicted of a crime outside Canada, they may be able to overcome this criminal inadmissibility. This section doesn’t apply to anyone applying from within Canada and with a conviction or offense outside Canada. Find out how to overcome criminal convictions.

The person can apply for rehabilitation either:

  • before you submit the sponsorship application, or
  • by submitting the rehabilitation application with your application for sponsorship. If you choose this option, we’ll assess your eligibility as a sponsor and do the first assessment of the permanent resident application. However, we’ll only assess the sponsored person’s admissibility after they get a decision about their rehabilitation application.

If the offence would have been prosecuted summarily in Canada, and if the person was convicted of two or more of these offences, the period for rehabilitation is at least five years after they’ve finished serving the sentences.

Convictions or offences in Canada

If the person has a criminal conviction in Canada, they must ask for a record suspension (formerly a pardon) from the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) before becoming admissible to Canada.

The sponsored person should not fill out the forms in this guide until they have their record suspension. You can ask for a Record Suspension Application Guide or for more 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
    (You can download the instructional guide and application forms from the website)

To be considered for a record suspension under the Criminal Records Act, a set period of time must pass after the end of the sentence. The sentence may have been payment of a fine, period of probation, or a prison term.

Note: Once you have a copy of the record suspension, send a photocopy to a Canadian visa office or an IRCC Centre. If the sponsored person is travelling to Canada, they should carry a copy of the record suspension.

If the person has had two or more summary convictions in Canada, they may no longer be inadmissible if:

  • It’s been at least five years since they finished serving all sentences
  • they’ve had no other convictions.

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


Things that might affect you

Suspension of processing

Do any of these apply to you?

  • Your citizenship is in the process of being revoked;
  • You have a removal order against you;
  • You’ve failed to respect your residency conditions;
  • The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and the Minister of Public Safety signed a certificate stating you’re inadmissible because of security, human or international rights violation, serious criminality or organized criminality;
  • You’ve been charged with an offence that is punishable by a maximum prison term of ten years.

If yes, we won’t start processing your sponsorship application until a final decision has been made.

If you don’t meet the sponsorship requirements

If you don’t qualify as a sponsor and chose to withdraw your sponsorship application:

  • you’ll get a refund for the permanent resident visa processing fees and any Right of Permanent Resident Fees you paid.
  • there will be no decision on the application for permanent residence of the person you are sponsoring
  • you will not have a right of appeal.

If you fix the situation that made you ineligible to sponsor, you can reapply at a later date.

If you don’t qualify as a sponsor and tell us you want to continue processing:

  • we’ll process the application for the person you are sponsoring.
  • we’ll likely refuse the application for permanent residence and tell you in writing if you have a right to appeal.

Note: You can tell CPC-M of your plan by checking the correct box under question 1 (on part 1 of the form) on your Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344).


Sponsors living in Quebec

The province of Quebec has its own immigration rules. Find out how to sponsor someone if you live in Quebec.

If you live in Quebec:

  • you must first send your application to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC-M).
  • if you meet the federal requirements to apply for sponsorship, CPC-M will send you an email or letter with instructions to download Quebec’s sponsorship kit.
  • fill out and submit Quebec’s undertaking kit. You must attach a copy of CPC-M’s email or letter to the undertaking application that you submit to the Quebec government.

If your spouse or partner's dependent child has dependent children of their own, you must show your financial ability to meet the terms of the sponsorship undertaking.

The Quebec government will review your sponsorship application and tell you if you’re eligible. The Quebec government may deem that you’re not eligible if:

  • you didn’t meet the terms of a sponsorship agreement in the past because the person you sponsored got social assistance and you haven’t repaid the Quebec government;
  • during the five years before you submitted your sponsorship application, you didn’t pay alimony or child support even though a court ordered it;
  • you didn’t follow other conditions imposed by the Quebec authorities or with any federal regulatory requirements, particularly if you got social assistance and aren’t exempt from that condition.

We can’t make a decision on your application until we receive Quebec’s decision about your undertaking application.

If Quebec approves you as a sponsor, you’ll get a Quebec Selection Certificat (Certificat de selection Québec)

If you need help, contact the Quebec ministry for immigration


Step 1. Get your application package

Get your application package, including your checklist, forms and instructions.

To get the right instructions and checklist, select from the drop-down menus:

  • who is being sponsored
  • the country where the sponsored person resides
  • the country where the documents you’ll submit with the application were issued

Your document checklist:

  • tells you which forms you need
  • lists all the documents you must submit, and
  • links you to instructions to fill out each form.

You must print, fill out and submit a copy of this checklist with your application. Place it at the top, as the cover of your application.


Step 2. Gather your documents

Important information: if you don’t include all the requested forms and documents listed on the checklist, we will return your application without processing it.

If you’re unable to submit an item on the document checklist, you must include a detailed explanation of why you can’t submit this document so that your application is not returned as incomplete.

To make sure you send us an application with all the requested documents:

1) Use your checklist to make sure you send all the documents you need to submit:

  • For each item on the checklist, choose the situation that applies to you and check the correct box.
  • Only submit documents that apply to your specific situation. We’ll contact you if we need more information.
  • For any documents that are not in English or French, you must attach:
    • a certified copy of the original document; and
    • The English or French translation, and
    • An affidavit from the person who completed the translation. See Translation of documents below.

Important notes about using the checklist:

  • We’ll return applications with missing, incomplete, or unsigned forms.
  • Check the country-specific requirements to see if you need to submit any original documents. If the country specific requirements tell you that you must submit an original document instead of a copy, you must submit the original or we will return your application. See below for more information about country specific requirements.

2) Check your country-specific requirements

You’ll find your country specific requirements on the family sponsorship application kit webpage.

Checking your country specific requirements will help make sure you send the correct documents for each item on the checklist and will increase the chance that your application will be accepted for processing.

  • To see additional forms or documents required for the person being sponsored (principal applicant) and their family members, select the country where they reside.

You may need to follow special instructions about specific documents based on the country you’ll get the documents from. For example, there are specific requirements for civil documents from different countries (e.g. birth certificates, other proof of identity, child custody documentation, family booklets, etc.).

  • To see instructions about specific documents, select the country where the document is issued. For example, if you are living in the United States but you are submitting a birth certificate issued in the Philippines, check the requirements for “Philippines” to make sure the document you are submitting is the right one.

Note: your application will be returned if any of the requested documents are missing (see section 10 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) for more information).

Make sure all photocopies are clear and easy to read. Other than copies of original documents used for translations, photocopies do not need to be certified. Don’t send originals unless we ask for them, because they will not be returned.

Important information: While processing your application, we may ask for more documents and there may be delays if you don’t submit them. Should you fail to respond by the deadline given, your application could be refused for not complying with an officer’s request.

Police certificates

The person you’re sponsoring doesn’t have to include police certificates with their application package. We’ll ask for these once we start processing the application. However, you should take steps to get your police certificates as soon as possible to avoid processing delays. You can submit police certificates with your application (if you have them), even though you don’t need to do this for your application to be considered “complete”.

For more information about police certificates, see what to expect after you apply.

Photos

If your application is approved, we’ll use the photos you include in your application package to create a Permanent Resident Card for you (and your family members, if applicable). To avoid delays in getting your Confirmation of Permanent Resident document (which you’ll need to travel to Canada or become a permanent resident from within Canada), and/or your permanent resident card, it’s important that the photos meet certain specifications. See Appendix C for photo specifications.


Translation of documents

You must send the following for any document that is not in English or French:

  • the English or French translation; and
  • an affidavit from the person who completed the translation (see below for details); and
  • a certified copy of the original document.

Translations may be done by a person who is fluent in both languages (English or French and the unofficial language).

If the translation isn’t done by a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial organization of translators and interpreters in Canada, you must submit an affidavit swearing to the accuracy of the translation and the language proficiency of the translator. A certified translator will provide both a certified translation and certified copies of the original documents.

The affidavit must be sworn in the presence of:

In Canada:

  • a notary public
  • a commissioner of oaths
  • a commissioner of taking affidavits

Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Consult your local provincial or territorial authorities.

Outside of Canada:

  • a notary public

Authority to administer oaths varies by country. Consult your local authorities.

Important information: Translations must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by members of the applicant’s family. This includes a parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew and first cousin.

Note: An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in the presence of a person authorized to administer oaths in the country where 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 in Canada don’t need to supply an affidavit.


Certified true copies

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

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

Who can certify copies?

Persons authorized to certify copies include the following:

In Canada:

  • a notary public
  • a commissioner of oaths
  • a commissioner of taking affidavits

Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Check with your local provincial or territorial authorities.

Outside Canada:

  • a notary public

Authority to certify international documents varies by country. Check with your local authorities.

Applicants themselves or members of their family may not certify copies of your documents. This includes a parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew and first cousin.


Step 3. Fill out the forms

Use your checklist to prepare the forms. If any requested forms are not fully completed and signed, or not included in the application package, your application will not be accepted for processing and 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.

Note: Need help with a PDF document? Get help to open an application form.

You can also get help to complete an application form. If you’re having technical problems with a PDF document, see the Help Centre for common problems with form validation.

The sponsor must fill out and sign these forms:

The person being sponsored must fill out and sign these forms:

Important information: It is a serious offence to give false or misleading information on these forms. The information on your application may be verified.

Important information: Declaring all family members

If you’re applying for permanent residence in Canada, you must declare all of your family members. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

In addition, all family members must be examined as part of the process of applying for permanent residence in Canada, even if they will not come to Canada with the principal applicant.

Family members who aren’t declared and examined are excluded from the family class, which means you can’t sponsor them at a later date. If a permanent resident doesn’t declare all their family members on their application, they could risk losing their permanent resident status.

Find more information about why you must declare all family members.

Validate your forms

Some forms have a “Validate” button, specifically the

  • IMM 1344 (Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship agreement and Undertaking)
  • IMM 0008 (Generic Application form for Canada) and
  • IMM 5669 (Schedule A).

You should fill out your forms on a computer and validate them electronically to make sure you’ve answered all questions. This reduces mistakes and helps you submit a form that is complete. When you click on the Validate button, any missing information will be identified by a pop-up error message or a red square around the fields that need to be completed.

After being validated, the IMM 1344 and IMM 0008 will create barcode pages (see image below). When you’re preparing your application, place these barcode pages right underneath your checklist.

Note: The IMM 5669 (Schedule A) form will not produce a barcode page when it’s validated.

IMPORTANT: If you have any problems viewing or validating your forms, please see these Help Centre questions:

I can’t open my form in PDF format

After clicking the validate button, nothing happens and I don’t see barcodes.

Note: The Help Centre information about viewing PDF documents applies to all PDF documents.

After you validate the forms to generate barcodes, print the form. Then, the applicable client must sign the form in ink. Unsigned forms will not be accepted.

Barcode page (if applicable):

Sample Barcodes

Be complete and accurate

Fill out all sections. If a section doesn’t apply to you, write “N/A” (not applicable). If your application is incomplete it may be returned to you (see section 10 of the IRPR for more information) and this will delay processing.

If you need more space for any section, use a separate sheet of paper. Make sure you label this sheet with your name and the question you are answering.

Use the following instructions to fill out the forms. Most of the questions on the forms are straightforward and extra instructions have only been given for some questions. You must answer all questions.

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

View form IMM 1344

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be filled out and signed by:

  • the sponsor,
  • the principal applicant (person being sponsored).

Part 1: Application to sponsor and undertaking

Question 3

You can’t have a co-signer if you are sponsoring your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner.

Question 4

If the person you are sponsoring doesn’t have a family name on their passport or travel document, enter all given names in the family name field and leave the given name field empty.

If the person you are sponsoring doesn’t have a given name on their passport or travel document, leave the given name field empty.

Question 5

If you don’t know the complete date of birth, use “*” (star sign/asterisk) to fill in the spaces for the year, month or day, where applicable.

Question 6
  1. Tell us the nature of your relationship to the principal applicant:
    • Spouse
    • Common-law partner
    • Conjugal partner
    • Parent
    • Other (do not check)
  1. If you are a common-law or conjugal partner, give the date you entered into that conjugal relationship.

Sponsor personal details

Question 1

If you don’t have a family name on your passport or travel document, enter all your given names in the “Family Names” field and leave the given name field blank.

If you don’t have a given name on your passport or travel document, leave the “Given Name” field blank.

Question 4

If you don’t know your complete date of birth, use “*” (star sign/asterisk) to fill in the spaces for the year, month or day, where applicable.

Question 8
  1. Tell us your current marital status. See the “Key Definitions” for explanations of the different types of marital status.
  2. Enter the date (year, month, day) you were married or you entered into your current common-law or conjugal relationship, i.e. the date your status officially changed from being single to common-law, not the date you started living together.
Question 9
  1. You must tell us if you were previously married or in a common-law relationship.
  2. If you were previously married, a divorce certificate must be provided in order to proceed with your spousal sponsorship.

Sponsor contact information

Question 1

Addresses should be written out in full without using any abbreviations. Use the apartment or unit number, if applicable. Example: 999 Family Street, Unit #3, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K3J 9T55

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

  • Post Office Box number, if you have one. If you do not have a post office box, you must provide the street number
  • Apartment or Unit, if you have one
  • Street number, you must provide this if you do not have a Post Office Box
  • Street name, if it applies to you
  • City or Town
  • Country
  • Province or State
  • Postal code or zip code
  • District, if it applies to you

Note: If you haven’t provided us with an email address, all correspondence will go to this address.

Question 6

By giving us your email address, you are hereby authorizing IRCC to send all correspondence, including your file and personal information to this specific email address. Make sure you check your spam folder in case our messages are directed there.

Sponsor residency declaration

Complete this section only if you are a Canadian citizen living outside of Canada and you are sponsoring a spouse, a common-law or conjugal partner, and dependent children who have no children of their own.

You must check the correct box to confirm where (Canadian province or territory) you plan to live if your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner and dependent children become permanent residents.

Sponsor eligibility assessment
Question 1-18

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

Note: Sponsors living (or who plan to live) in Quebec 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 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 live 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.
Co-signer sections

If you are sponsoring your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner you can’t have a co-signer. Leave the following sections blank:

  • Co-signer personal details
  • Co-signer contact information
  • Co-signer residency declaration
  • Co-signer eligibility assessment

Important information

Undertaking by sponsor (and co-signer)

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

Part 2: Sponsorship agreement

Obligations of the sponsor and obligations of the person to be sponsored

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

Declaration

Read the declaration statement carefully before signing. By signing this form, you also declare that you will notify us in writing if there is any change of address and if any other information has changed on the application.


Note

Signatures

This section must be signed and dated by:

  • the sponsor;
  • the co-signer (if there is one)
  • the sponsored person (principal applicant).

Note: A parent or legal guardian must sign on behalf of a dependent child under the age of 18, where they are the principal applicant being sponsored on an application.

The application will be returned if any signatures are missing (see section 10 of the IRPR for more information).

Sponsorship Evaluation (IMM 5481)

View form IMM 5481

Who needs to fill out this form?

The sponsor fills out this form if sponsoring only a dependent child who has no dependent children of his or her own.

If sponsoring a dependent child who has dependent children of their own, fill out the Financial Evaluation (IMM 1283) form instead.

The Sponsorship Evaluation will help us assess your past and current obligations to any sponsorship undertakings you have signed or co-signed. This form, and the supporting documents you send with your application will help us decide if you meet the residency requirement and if you are able to support the applicant.

Quebec residents do not need to fill out this form.

Question 3

Write your net (after taxes) personal income for the 12 months before the date of your application. Also write the dates of that 12-month period.

Question 5 A and B

Details of current and past undertakings.

Write the number of people included in undertakings in effect and not yet in effect.

If you have signed undertakings in the past, you must give some details about them. Follow the instructions on the form and be specific.

Question 6

Write the number of people you are financially responsible for, but who are not listed in questions 5A and 5B, if it applies to you.

Question 7

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

Financial Evaluation form (IMM 1283)

View form IMM 1283

Complete this form if you are sponsoring a dependent child who has a dependent child of his or her own.

For complete instructions, see Guide IMM 5482 – Instruction to fill the Financial Evaluation form (IMM 1283).

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
    • 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)
    • Caring for Children Class
    • Caring for People with High Medical Needs
    • Startup Business
    • Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program
    • Atlantic High-Skilled Program
    • Atlantic International Graduate Program
  • 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

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 5

Where do you intend to live in Canada?

From the list select the:

  1. Province/Territory
  2. City/Town
Question 6

If you intend to live in the Province of Quebec and are applying under a Quebec immigration program, 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 not applying under a Quebec immigration program, check “no” for Question 6 a) and leave 6 c) 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 or 10-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 must include your spouse or common-law partner, if applicable, and all of your dependent children, and those of your spouse or common-law partner, who are not already permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

You can add up to five (5) dependants in this form (IMM 0008).

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) 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.

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 they are able to communicate in English and/or French:

  • English
  • French
  • Both
  • Neither
Question 3

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


Consent and Declaration of Applicant

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

  1. Once the application is completed, click on the “Validate” button located at the top or bottom of the form. This will generate a barcode page or pages (see image below).

    Barcode

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

  2. Print all pages of your application form.

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


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

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

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


Additional Dependants/Declaration Form (IMM 0008DEP)

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

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

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

Follow the previous instructions to help you answer the questions.


Consent and Declaration of Applicant

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

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

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

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

Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)

View form IMM 5669

Note: This form has a "Validate" button. When you press the “validate” button, any missing information will be identified with a pop-up message or a red square around the fields that need to be completed. You should fill out your form on a computer and validate it to reduce mistakes and help you submit a form that is complete. After you validate your form, save an electronic copy.

Make sure you validate your form before you save it. If you submit this form electronically through your online account, you will be asked to upload your saved document. The upload will only work if you validated the form before you saved it.

In most sections, you can add or remove rows as necessary by pressing the plus sign (+) or minus sign (-) buttons.

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • The principal applicant (the person being sponsored);
  • and
  • all dependent children aged 18 years or older (whether accompanying you to Canada or not).

You should fill out this form while waiting for your acknowledgement of receipt. Save a copy so it’s ready for upload as soon as you link your application. Make sure you validate the form.

For more information, see “What you should do after you apply

Question 1

Write your UCI (Unique Client Identifier) here. You can find your UCI at the top of your Acknowledgement of Receipt letter. You will only be able to complete this question once you have received this letter.

Question 2

Write your application number here. You can find your application number at the top of your Acknowledgement of Receipt letter. You will only be able to complete this question once you have received this letter.

Personal details

Question 1

Write your full family name (surname or last name) and all your given names (first, second or more) as they appear on your passport, travel or identity document.

Don’t use initials.

Question 2

If you don’t 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 3

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).

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 4

Answer each question of the section by checking the correct 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 5
Education history

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”.

Question 6

Give 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 “Job/Activity, Title, Position”, write your occupation or job title if you were working. If you were not working, give information about what you were doing (for example: unemployed, studying, travelling, retired, in detention, etc.). If you were outside your country of nationality, write your status in that country.

You can add more rows by pressing the plus sign (+) button.

Make sure you DO NOT leave any gaps in time. See example of a complete answer below:
From (YYYY-MM) To (YYYY-MM) Activity Type Job/Activity Title, Position City/town and Country Status in Country Name of company, employer, school etc.
2015-05 2016-01 Employment Salesperson Ottawa, Canada Work visa XYZ Company
2014-02 2015-04 Unemployed unemployed Beijing, China Citizen  
2009-01 2014-01 Educational Activity student Toronto, Canada Study visa University of Toronto
2007-11 2008-12 Unemployed vacation Toronto, Canada Visitor visa  
2006-01 2007-10 Educational Activity student Beijing, China citizen ABC high school

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

Question 7

If you answered “yes” write 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.
  1. Note: Don’t use abbreviations. Write the city and country where you were a member.

Question 8

If you answered “yes”, indicate any government positions you have held in the past such as:

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

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 9

If you answered “yes”, 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.

Note: Please make sure you DO NOT leave any gaps in time.

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

Question 10

Write 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 Post Office box addresses.

Addresses should be written out in full without using any abbreviations. Use the apartment or unit number, if applicable. Example: 999 Family Street, Unit #3, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K3J 9T5


Note

Authority to disclose personal information
Declaration of applicant

Read all of the statements in all sections carefully.

The signature section asks you to type your name to electronically sign the form.

Please follow the instructions below, depending on whether you are submitting this form electronically or on paper:

If you are submitting this form electronically:
  • You must fill out the form on your computer, validate it, and save it to be able to submit it electronically. You will not be able to upload a form that has been printed and scanned, even if it has been validated.
  • In the signature section, type your name and select the date using the date selection tool.
  • When you submit your Schedule A electronically through your online account, you will complete an electronic signature when you upload the document.
  •  At that time, you will certify that the information provided is true, complete and correct.
  • You do not need to print a copy of the form or sign a paper copy.
If you are submitting this form in paper format by mail:
  • You can fill out the form on your computer (recommended) or fill it out by hand.
    • If you are filling it out on the computer: In the signature section, type your name and select the date using the date selection tool. Then, print out the form and sign in writing (provide your original handwritten signature) next to your name in the signature box. If you do not sign and date the form according to these instructions, it will not be accepted and will be returned to you.
    • If you are filling the form out by hand: In the signature section, sign your name and complete the date legibly. If you do not sign and date the form, it will not be accepted and will be returned to you.

Note: Your representative cannot sign this form on your behalf. You must sign it yourself.

Whether you are submitting electronically or on paper:

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

Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)

View form IMM 5406

Who needs to fill out this form?

This form must be filled out and signed by:

  • The principal applicant,
  • All dependent children aged 18 or over (whether coming with you to Canada or not).
  • Note: if your dependent child is the principal applicant on a sponsorship application, you should complete this form on their behalf regardless of their age.

SECTION A

Write the personal details for:

  • Yourself (the person being sponsored),
    • If you are married and you were physically present at the marriage, write “married – physically present” in the marital status box
    • If you are married and you were not physically present at the marriage, write “married – not physically present” in the marital status box. Note that we do not recognize marriages by proxy.
  • your spouse or common-law partner, (if this applies to you)
    • If you are married and your spouse was physically present at the marriage, write “married – physically present” in the marital status box
    • If you are married and your spouse wasn’t physically present at the marriage, write “married – not physically present” in the marital status box. Note that we do not recognize marriages by proxy.
  • 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:

  • brothers,
  • sisters,
  • half-brothers and half-sisters,
  • step-brothers and step-sisters.

SECTION D

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

Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation Form (IMM 5532)

View form IMM 5532

Use the following instructions to fill out the form. Most of the questions on the form are straightforward and extra instructions have only been given for some questions. You must answer all questions.

If you need more space for any question, attach a separate sheet of paper. Make sure you indicate the section and question you are answering (e.g. Part A, question 1).

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be filled out and signed by:

  • The sponsor
  • The principal applicant

Personal information about Sponsor and Principal Applicant:

Date of birth:

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

Client ID:

  • provide only if you have one
  • if this is your first time dealing with IRCC, you will not have a Client ID

Part A – Sponsorship Evaluation and Information about the Sponsor

The sponsor fills out this section.

Question 1

Sponsor’s employment history

  • Starting with your current employer, give details of all employers you have worked for over the past 5 years
  • Make sure there are no gaps in time
  • if you were unemployed, explain how you supported yourself
  • if you were self-employed, write the name of your business and the date it was established
  • for your monthly salary or income, write the gross amount (amount before taxes)

See example below of a complete answer:

Dates Employer
Give name, complete address and telephone number for each employer
Occupation/Position Monthly gross salary/income
From To
May 2015 September 2016 Self employed
DFG Company – established May 2015
Owner /Salesperson $XXXXX
June 2014 April 2015 ABC Company
Unit 10-123 Work road, Ottawa Ontario, K2S 1R3 Canada
(XXX) XXX-XXXX
Salesperson $ XXXX
June 2013 May 2014 Unemployed – supported by mother and father   $
May 2011 May 2013 XYZ Enterprises
124 Employment road, Ottawa Ontario
K8V 0Y7
(XXX) XXX-XXXX>
Salesperson $ XXXX
        $
Question 2

Other sponsorships

  • Complete the table by writing the names and dates of birth for anyone you have sponsored or co-signed to sponsor in the past.
  • You must include everyone you have ever sponsored, even if they have not become permanent residents of Canada yet.
  • For each person, specify if you were the sponsor or co-signer.
Question 5

Address history

Addresses should be written out in full without using any abbreviations. Use the apartment or unit number, if applicable. Example: 999 Family Street, Unit #3, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K3J 9T5

Make sure there are no gaps in time. Do not use P.O. boxes.

Question 7

Consent to disclose

Check “Yes” or “No” to tell us if you consent to the results of a marriage fraud investigation being released to your spouse or partner.

Your consent for this question is voluntary. If you do not consent, your application will still be processed and this will not have a negative impact.

Question 8 and 9

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.

Question 10

Signature

In this section, the sponsor must sign and date the application form. If any signatures are missing, the application will be returned (see section 10 of the IRPR for more information).

Part B – Information about the Principal Applicant

This section must be completed by the person being sponsored (principal applicant)

Question 3

Consent to disclose

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, your application will still be processed and this will not have a negative impact.

Question 4 and 5

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.

Question 6

Signature

The person being sponsored must sign and date in this box. If any signatures are missing, the application will be returned (see section 10 of the IRPR for more information).

Part C – information about relationship

This section should be filled out by the sponsor and principal applicant (person being sponsored)

Question 11

If you feel that something else might support your application and was not addressed in previous questions, please add it here. You do not need to add anything if you feel that there is enough information in your other answers.

Question 12 & 13

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.

Question 14

Signatures:

Both the sponsor and principal applicant (person being sponsored) must sign in the boxes provided. If not, the application will be returned (see section 10 of the IRPR for more information).

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)

View form IMM 5476

Who may use this form?

Complete this form only if you:

  • are appointing a representative;
  • have to update contact information for your previously appointed representative; or
  • are cancelling a representative’s appointment.

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

Who is a representative?

A representative is someone who gives advice, consultation, or guidance to you at any stage of the application process, or in a proceeding and, if you appoint him or her as your representative by filling out this form, has your permission to do business on your behalf with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

You do not need to hire a representative. We treat everyone equally, whether they use a representative or not.

For more information about how to fill out the form, visit: Use of a Representative.


Step 4. Pay the fees

Calculating your fees

Before you send us your application, use the fee table below to find out how much you need to pay. We recommend you pay the right of permanent residence fee (CAN$490) now to avoid future delays. You’ll have to pay it before you become a permanent resident.

Fees $CAN
Sponsor your spouse or partner
Sponsorship fee ($75), principal applicant processing fee ($475), and the right of permanent residence fee ($490)
$1,040
Sponsor your spouse or partner without the right of permanent residence fee
Sponsorship fee ($75), principal applicant processing fee ($475)
$550
Sponsor a dependent child
Sponsor only a dependent child ($75 sponsorship fee and $75 processing fee) or to include a dependent child on an application with your spouse or partner ($150)
$150 (per child)

Residents of Quebec

If you’re a resident of Quebec, you’ll need to pay another processing fee to the province of Quebec when you apply to Quebec. For more information, visit Quebec fees and payment methods. Do not include this extra fee with the sponsorship application you submit to IRCC.


Pay your fees online

You can pay your fees online if you have:

  • a valid email address;
  • access to a printer (you will need to print the receipt), and
  • a credit or debit card.

Instructions

Follow these instructions to pay using the Internet.

  • Go to online Payment.
  • Follow the online instructions.
    • At the end, click on the button to print the IRCC official receipt with barcode. Print two copies.

Note

Do not exit without printing the receipt!

  • Attach a copy of this receipt to your completed application. Keep the second copy of the receipt for your records.

Proof of payment

The receipt you printed is your proof of payment.

In Canada, the only way to pay your fees is through online payment. We will return your application if you send any other type of payment (see section 10 of the IRPR for more information).

Fee payment for Canadian sponsors residing outside of Canada

Canadian citizens living abroad can pay their fees online.

The following mode of payment may be used ONLY if you reside outside of Canada and you don’t have access to the Internet. If you don’t have access to the Internet, you may pay by International bank draft or money order in Canadian funds.

However, to process your application, your fee payment must meet the following criteria:

  • be payable to the Receiver General for Canada;
  • be in Canadian funds
  • be cashable through a Canadian financial institution;
  • clearly indicate name, street address and account number of the financial institution in Canada where it may be cashed.

Note: Do not provide a post office box as an address. Expired bank drafts and money orders will be returned.


Incorrect fee payments

Payment issue - you didn’t pay the fees or you didn’t pay enough fees

We will return your application (see section 10 of the IRPR for more information).

Note: We will only start processing your application after your return it with the correct fees.

Payment issue - Overpayment

We will:

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

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


Step 5. Check your application to avoid common mistakes

Important information: If you don’t include all of the requested forms and documents listed on the checklist, your whole application will be returned to you without being processed. The application will not have a place in the processing queue and when you resubmit it, we’ll process it based on the date it was received.

Before moving on to Step 6, check to make sure you’ve avoided these common mistakes:

  • Don’t use staples, binders, plastic sleeves, folders or albums to submit your application. Elastic bands for photos or paper clips are acceptable.

If you’re sponsoring dependent children

Authorized representatives

  • If you’re using an authorized representative to help you or your family members in any way during the immigration process, each family member over the age of 18 who is being represented must sign their own Use of Representative form [IMM 5476]. To review the instructions for this form, see Guide 5516 – Use of Representative.
  • If you (the sponsor) will receive correspondence for, or act in any way on behalf of your spouse, partner, or dependent child over the age of 18, the person you’re sponsoring (and each represented family member over 18) must complete a Use of Representative form [IMM 5476] to authorize you as their representative.
    • For example, if the person you’re sponsoring is living outside Canada, and your address in Canada is given as the mailing address on the application for permanent residence (IMM 0008), the principal applicant (person you’re sponsoring) must complete a Use of Representative form listing you as their representative.

Marriage certificates

  • For spousal sponsorships, make sure you include a valid marriage certificate or proof of registration of your marriage with your application (see checklist for details). The documents you submit must show that the marriage was legally registered with the government where it took place. A record of solemnization (obtained in Canada) or marriage license will not be accepted as proof that the sponsor and applicant are married. Check the country specific requirements to see if there are specific instructions for the country where the marriage took place.

Original documents

  • In some cases, the country specific requirements ask you to submit originals of certain documents (e.g. an original birth certificate). If so, you must submit the original and not a copy, even if the checklist asks for a copy.

Proof of identity

  • Proof of identity is an important part of an application to become a permanent resident:
    • Carefully review the checklist sections on identity documents, travel documents, and passports.
    • Make sure you submit a copy of your birth certificate, and (if you have included dependents in your application) the birth certificates of your family members.
    • We will return the application to you if you don’t provide all the documents requested.
    • If you are unable to submit a document, you should include a detailed explanation of why you cannot submit this document on a separate piece of paper so that your application is not automatically returned to you.

Filling out the forms

You must fill out all sections, unless instructed otherwise. If a section doesn’t apply to you, you must write “Not applicable” or “N/A”. If you need more space for any section, use a blank page to finish answering the question.

  • If you don’t know a complete date of birth, use “*” (star sign/asterisk) to fill in the spaces for the year, month or day that you don’t know.
  • If you don’t have a family name on your passport or travel document, enter all given names in the family name field and leave the given name field empty.
  • If you don’t have a given name on your passport or travel document, leave the given name field blank.

Addresses

Addresses should be written out in full without using any abbreviations. Use the apartment or unit number, if applicable. Example: 999 Family Street, Unit #3, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K3J 9T5

Email addresses

  • Make sure all email addresses on the forms are correct. Errors or typos will cause delays in us communicating with you, which could increase the time it takes to process your application.
  • Make sure you’ve correctly typed (or clearly written) the email address for the representative (if applicable), the sponsor, and the principal applicant in the correct fields on the IMM 5476, IMM 1344 and IMM 0008.
  • If you’ve authorized a representative to act on your behalf, we’ll send all correspondence about the application to your representative.
  • If you’re applying for permanent residence and you’ve authorized your sponsor to act as a representative on your behalf, we’ll send all correspondence about the application to the sponsor.

Note: providing an email address will allow us to communicate with you faster, which can speed up processing times. For more information, see Link your application.

Signatures

  • Remember to check for a signature block on each form and sign it.
  • You may need to sign in more than one place on some forms.
  • Where a date is needed, make sure you write one.
  • A parent or legal guardian must sign on behalf of a dependent child under the age of 18 if they are the principal applicant being sponsored on an application.
  • Use the last page of your checklist to make sure you’ve signed all the forms correctly.

Important information: If signatures are missing, we will return the application without processing it.

  • When filling in the IMM 5532 – Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation form, make sure you complete all of the sections on this form. The sponsor and applicant must sign the required signature boxes on the form as follows:

The sponsor must sign these sections:

  • Part A, #8
  • Part C, #12

The principal applicant must sign these sections:

  • Part B, #4
  • Part C, #13

Important: If you do not complete and sign this form in the correct places, we will return your application without processing it.

Important information about children born to Canadian citizens

  • If you’re a Canadian citizen who is sponsoring a spouse or partner, and you have a child together, your child may be a Canadian citizen.
  • A Canadian citizen is not eligible to be sponsored.
  • If you already have proof of Canadian citizenship for your child, you are encouraged to include a copy of this proof (citizenship certificate or copy of Canadian passport), to help us confirm that your child does not require immigrant processing.
  • If you don’t have proof of Canadian citizenship for your child, you need to apply for a proof of citizenship to confirm whether your child is a Canadian citizen.
  • If it is confirmed that your child is a Canadian citizen, you’ll be able to apply for your child’s Canadian passport.
  • If your child is found not to be a Canadian citizen, you’ll need to add them as a dependent on the sponsorship undertaking signed for your spouse or partner.

Important: If you’ve submitted an application for a proof of citizenship for your child, and it hasn’t been finalized, please provide details in a letter and include it as part of your application so that we can check the status.

Your application will not be returned to you if you do not submit the documents mentioned in this section. However, providing these documents will help avoid processing delays and also help confirm that your child has the right documents.

Step 6. Submit the application

Note: Before submitting your application, you should always make a photocopy for your own records. You may need information from your package after you submit your application.

Now that you’ve finished preparing your application, you can submit it for processing. You should do the following:

  1. Place a copy of the checklist on top of your complete application package. This will help make sure the application can be processed as quickly as possible when it arrives in our office.
  2. If you’re applying under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class and the person you’re sponsoring is also applying for an open work permit, after the checklist, place:
    • the work permit application form and documents (if applicable) and
    • a separate fee payment receipt for the cost of the work permit application
  3. The order of documents should be as follows:
    • checklist;
    • open work permit application (and supporting documents), if applicable;
    • any barcode pages;
    • supporting documents, in the order they are listed on the checklist.

Submit your application by mail

Send the application package with all the requested documents in a stamped envelope to the appropriate address below.

Pick the correct mailing address:

Application for spouses, common-law partners or conjugal partners and dependent children (currently living outside Canada):
CPC Mississauga
P.O. Box 3000, Station A
Mississauga, ON
L5A 4N6

Note: Choose this option if your spouse or common-law partner is living in Canada with you, but doesn’t plan to stay in Canada while the application is being processed.

or

Application for spouses or common-law partners
(currently living in Canada) applying under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class:

CPC Mississauga
P.O. Box 5040, Station B
Mississauga, ON
L5A 3A4

Submit your application by courier service

If you’re sending the application using a courier service instead of by mail, use this address instead (no public drop-offs):

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

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What to expect after you apply

Communicating with us

It’s important to make sure that we always have your, or your representative’s most current contact information, including:

  • phone numbers,
  • email addresses and
  • mailing addresses.

We’ll send time-sensitive and official correspondence to the contact information we have on file.

Please note that when you authorize the use of a representative, they will receive all correspondence about the application.

If you provide an e-mail address, we’ll communicate with you by e-mail instead of by mail. Make sure you check your spam folder in case our messages are sent there.

If we send you a request and need a response from you, you must answer within the timeframe provided.

To make communication easier, more secure, and quicker, we strongly recommend that you or your representative (if applicable) create an online account and link your paper application to that account. This will allow you to get more detailed application status information and to receive mail from us online. Get more information about how to link your paper application to your online account.

Using online services will ensure that you receive any correspondence (including medical forms and other requests) from us almost immediately after we send it to you. This will allow us to input your responses directly into your application for timely review.

If you or your representative link your application to an online account, we’ll send all correspondence through that account.

Sponsors

After we receive your application, we’ll check to make sure you’ve submitted all the required forms and documents on the document checklist. If your application package is incomplete, it will be returned to you without being processed. If the application has all the requested forms and documents, you’ll get an email or letter confirming that the application has been accepted for processing.

We’ll assess your eligibility to sponsor and you’ll also get an email or letter advising you of the decision.

  • If your sponsorship undertaking is approved, we’ll send the application for permanent residence to a processing office for further review, once the principal applicant submits a completed Background/Declaration form (IMM 5669).
  • If your sponsorship undertaking is refused, you’ll get an email or letter explaining why.
    • If you choose to go ahead with the sponsorship even if you are found ineligible to sponsor, the whole application package will be sent to a processing office for further review.

Applicants (person being sponsored)

Once your sponsor is found to be eligible, we’ll send you (or your authorized representative, if you have one) an acknowledgement of receipt letter with your application number on it. If you provided an e-mail address on your application, this letter will be sent to that e-mail address.

The section below explains what you or your representative should do after getting this email or letter.

For faster processing times and more secure service, you (or your authorized paid representative) should link your paper application to an online account within seven calendar days of receiving the acknowledgement of receipt letter.

To receive the acknowledgement of receipt letter quickly, we strongly encourage you to provide an email address for the principal applicant or their representative. If not, we’ll mail a letter to the principal applicant at their mailing address. If the principal applicant is living overseas, we’ll mail the letter to their address outside of Canada (if applicable).

Once you link your application, we’ll use this secure online account to communicate with you or your representative.

Note: You can only link your application to ONE account at a time. If you have an authorized paid representative, you can’t link your application to your own online account. Your representative must link your application to their account instead using our Portal for Paid Representatives (see below for more information). If you have a representative, you should ask them for updates about your application.

Creating an online account and linking your application reduces communication time, which will reduce the time it takes to process your application. If you don’t link your paper application to an online account, it may increase your processing time.

Find out how to link your application:

How to link your application

If you don’t have an authorized paid representative

You’ll need the following details from your application to link to your online account:

  • Category of application (i.e. permanent residence)
  • Family class subcategory:
    • Spouse
    • Common-law partner
    • Conjugal partner
    • Dependent children
  • Application number (you’ll find this in your acknowledgement of receipt)
  • Family name
  • City and country or territory of birth
  • Passport details: number, country of issuance, date of issue, and date of expiry
  • Intended place of residence in Canada: city, town or village, and province
  • Current marital status (as listed on application)
  • Number of family members (including the principal applicant and the sponsor) included in the application. Example:  You and your child are being sponsored by your spouse. You should enter “3” as the number of family members (you, your child, and your sponsor).

Important:  When linking your application, you’ll need to enter the information exactly as you typed it into your application forms. If you included an extra space at the end of a line (for example, if you typed your passport number and then added a space) you’ll need to enter the space when you try to link your application.

Our Help Centre has information to help you with linking your application:

After linking your application, check your online account for additional information we need to process your application.

If you link your application within 7 days, you’ll find the following in your account:

  • a request to complete and submit a background information form, known as Schedule A.
  • a request to submit police certificates.

You may also see a request for other documents or information specific to your situation. We can’t complete processing without the requested information.

  • For each item, a button will appear in your account where you can upload the requested documents or information. Check to make sure you are uploading the right document into the correct box.
  • When you successfully upload a document, you’ll get an electronic confirmation message. Your documents or information will be added directly to your application.

If you haven’t linked your application after seven days, we’ll send you an email or letter asking you for the requested documents. If you’ve received this letter, it means you are no longer be able to upload the documents through your online account, even if you link your application at this time. However, we recommend that you still link your application to an online account so that you can receive and respond to any follow-up correspondence we send you.

Important information: The deadline for submitting the information or documents will be the same, even if you choose not to use your online account or communicate by email.

Failure to respond to a request to submit documents within the timeframe provided could result in the refusal of your application.

If you have an authorized paid representative

A representative is someone who gives advice, consultation, or guidance to you at any stage of the application process. If you’re being represented, a Use of a Representative [IMM 5476] must be signed by both the representative and any sponsor or applicant over the age of 18 who is being represented. For more information, see the instructions for the use of a Representative.

Only an authorized paid representative can access our Portal for Paid Representatives (see below for more information). If you or any of your family members are using an unpaid representative, they must use another means of communication.

Important: You can’t link your application to your own online account if you have an authorized paid representative. Your representative must complete this step.

When your authorized paid representative receives the acknowledgement of receipt email or letter, they can use our Portal for Paid Representatives to link your application to their account. The user guide for the portal has information for your representative about how to do this.

For faster processing, your representative should link your application to their representative account within seven calendar days of receiving the letter of acknowledgement. We’ll communicate with your representative through this secure method after they link your application to their account.

Using online services is faster and more secure, and will ensure that your representative receives any correspondence from us almost immediately after it is sent. It’ll also allow us to input any responses directly into your application for timely review.

Your representative should check the portal for the following items shortly after linking your application:

  • a request for you to complete and submit a background information form, known as Schedule A.
  • a request for you to submit police certificates.

Your representative may also see a request for other documents or information specific to your situation. We can’t complete processing without this information.

If after seven days your representative has not linked your application, an email or letter will be sent to them asking for the requested documents. Your representative must submit the information or documents on your behalf by the same deadline whether your application is linked to their online account or not.

Police certificates

Once we start processing the application, we’ll ask for police certificates from:

  • the principal applicant
  • all family members over the age of 18 (whether they will accompany the principal applicant to Canada or not)

When we ask you for police certificates at this stage, you’ll have to submit them for:

  • the country where you currently live, if you’ve lived there for six months or more; and
  • the country where you’ve spent most of your adult life since the age of 18.

The same applies to your family members who need to submit police certificates.

If you (or your family members) can’t get a police certificate for the two situations above, you must explain in writing why you can’t provide one. You should also include any supporting documents you already have to support your explanation. We’ll review your explanation and let you know if we need anything else.

Note: Some countries need a consent form from IRCC to issue police certificates. Find out if the country you need a police certificate from requires a consent form. If so, you should submit the consent form to us in place of the police certificate. We’ll assess the consent form and start the police certificate request.

If the original certificate is not in English or French, you must submit:

  • the police certificate and
  • the original copy of the translation from a certified translator.

We’ll also do our own background checks to see if the person you are sponsoring and their dependants may be inadmissible to Canada.

For more information, see how to get a police certificate.

We encourage you to get your police certificates in advance to avoid delays.

Submit your Schedule A – Background / Declaration (IMM 5669)

View form IMM 5669

All applicants over the age of 18 (and any applicant under the age of 18 who is specifically requested in writing to do so) must submit this form once we accept their application for processing. You’ll be asked to submit this form within 30 days of the date of the acknowledgement of receipt, whether you are submitting it electronically through an online account or by other means. Failure to provide this form within the timeframe given may result in delays or the refusal of your application.

To speed up processing and avoid delays, we strongly recommend that you submit the form online.

Submit through your online account (recommended)

  1. On your application forms, provide an email address where we can send you the acknowledgement of receipt and invitation to create an online account.
  2. fill out the Schedule A form electronically while waiting for your acknowledgement of receipt
  3. make sure you validate the form before submitting it.
  4. save a validated copy so it’s ready to upload to your online account after your application is linked
  5. after you receive your acknowledgement of receipt letter, create an online account and link your paper application to this account
  6. upload the document electronically through your online account or (if you have an authorized paid representative) through the representative portal

Submit by mail or Webform

If you choose not to link your application to an online account, you can submit this form

  • in paper format by mail, or
  • using our webform. When completing the webform, choose “Sponsorship” as the type of application.

If you’re submitting the form by mail or webform, you can fill out the form on your computer (recommended) or by hand.

If you’re filling it out on the computer:

  • validate the form to make sure it’s complete
  • in the signature section, type your name and select the date using the date selection tool.
  • print out the form and sign in writing (provide your original handwritten signature) next to your name in the signature box.
  • if you do not sign and date the form according to these instructions, it will not be accepted and will be returned to you.

Note: If you’re filling out this form on a computer, you should still validate the form before submitting it to us, even if you are not submitting it through an online account.

If you’re filling the form out by hand: In the signature section, sign your name and complete the date so we can clearly read it. If you do not sign and date the form, it will not be accepted and will be returned to you.

Important: When you are completing your personal history, don’t leave any gaps in time. Complete and detailed information about your personal history is required to assess your admissibility to Canada. Pay close attention to questions 6 and 9. Gaps in time and unclear or unspecific information could cause delays or lead to the refusal of your application.

See example of a complete answer below:

From (YYYY-MM) To (YYYY-MM) Activity Type Job/Activity Title, Position City/town and Country Status in Country Name of company, employer, school etc.
2015-05 2016-01 Employment Salesperson Ottawa, Canada Work visa XYZ Company
2014-02 2015-04 Unemployed unemployed Beijing, China Citizen  
2009-01 2014-01 Educational Activity student Toronto, Canada Study visa University of Toronto
2007-11 2008-12 Unemployed vacation Toronto, Canada Visitor visa  
2006-01 2007-10 Educational Activity student Beijing, China citizen ABC high school

Do your medical exam

All of your family members need to pass a medical exam, even if they aren’t applying to come to Canada with you. Failure to declare and have family members examined will affect your application, and your ability to sponsor them in the future.

If you have a dependent child who is a minor and you have joint or sole custody, that child is considered a dependant. The child will need a medical exam even if they live with the other parent and won’t be coming with you to Canada.

Important information: Family members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents don’t need to pass a medical exam.

After you’ve linked your application, you’ll be able to check to see if you (and your family members, if applicable) have received a request to do your medical exams. If you get a request for a medical exam through your online account, it’ll include instructions about what to do. You’ll need to print the form and the instructions for each person.

You shouldn’t be concerned if you don’t receive a request to do your medical exam immediately after you link your application. Because medical results can expire, we might not ask you to do your medical exam right away. This is to reduce the chance that a new medical exam will be required later.

If you don’t link your application, we’ll send the request for your medical exam by email or by mail.

Once you get a request for a medical exam, you must:

  • make sure you bring the IMM 1017 form with you to your exam. This will ensure you aren’t asked to do medical tests that aren’t needed to process your application and that there are no issues linking medical results to your application
  • do the medical exam within 30 days of medical instructions being issued to you.

Note: If you’ve already completed an immigration medical exam, you must provide details in the “medical examination” section of your document checklist. Depending on when the exam was done, you may have to do it again. If you haven’t completed a medical exam or need to do a new one, we’ll send you instructions.

Medical insurance

If you’re in Canada, you may be able to get medical insurance while your application is being processed. Contact your provincial or territorial health department to find out if you’re eligible.

Important notice about misrepresentation

If you’re applying to sponsor someone, or you’re applying for permanent residence yourself, you are personally responsible for the content of your application. If you or someone acting on your behalf submits false documents or misrepresents facts relating to your application for a permanent resident visa, your application will be refused and a record of the misrepresentation will be kept. This includes information in your background declaration (IMM 5669 – Schedule A). It also includes any other information you submit in support of your application during processing. Applicants and their dependants could be deemed inadmissible to Canada for five years under subsection 40(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. For more information, see misrepresentation.

Important notice about complying with officer requests in a timely manner

To make sure your application is processed as quickly as possible, and to make sure you aren’t refused for not complying with requests for information by the deadline provided, you must submit requested documents within timeframes given. If you need more time to provide information, you must ask for an extension in writing within the set timeframe and explain why you’re unable to comply with our requests. The same applies to other requests, such as the request to do a medical.

Requests for additional documents or information

We may ask you to submit more documents at a later date if we need more information to assess your application. If you’ve created an online account, you should monitor it regularly for requests during processing. Responding to our requests as quickly as possible is the best way to make sure your application is processed in a timely manner.

IMPORTANT: If you don’t respond to a request for information, your application may be refused.

While your application is being processed

For information on the estimated time it will take to process your application, you can check current application processing times.

If you or your authorized paid representative (if applicable) have linked your application to an online account, you (or your representative) should check it regularly for any important updates. If you’re not using an online account, you should monitor your preferred method of correspondence (e.g. e-mail or mail) regularly for communications. If you’re using e-mail, you should monitor the account you provided on your application forms regularly (including your spam folder).

If you have a representative, you should direct any questions about the processing of your application to them.

We also recommend that you take the time to prepare for life in Canada well in advance.


What you can do to help processing

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

  • make sure you send all documents and information we have asked for with your application
  • tell us if your contact information changes, including:
    • mailing address
    • telephone numbers
    • facsimile number (fax)
    • e-mail address

Things that delay processing

The following may delay processing:

  • missing signature on application forms
  • unclear photocopies of documents
  • documents not sent with a certified English or French translation
  • verification of your information and documents
  • a medical condition that may need more tests or consultations
  • a criminal or security problem
  • consultation is needed with other offices in Canada and abroad

Interview

If an interview is needed, we’ll tell you in writing. We’ll tell you the date, time and location of the interview, and give you a list of documents to bring.

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

  • relationship with the sponsor
  • education level
  • reasons for immigrating
  • plans and preparations
  • family
  • health
  • financial situation
  • past difficulties with the law

We may also ask questions that will be used to evaluate the principal applicant’s means to settle successfully in Canada.


Eligibility review

If sponsoring your spouse or common-law partner who lives with you in Canada and you are applying in the Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada class:

If you meet all of the sponsorship requirements, we’ll:

  • process your spouse’s or common-law partner’s application
  • send your spouse or common-law partner an email or letter explaining if they’ve been approved or if we need more information
  • do medical, security and background checks
  • contact your spouse or common-law partner for a confirmation of permanent residence interview, where we’ll make the final decision on permanent resident status

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 your spouse or common-law partner leaves Canada while the application is being processed:

  • there is no guarantee that they’ll be allowed to re-enter Canada. This is especially true if they need a visitor visa.

If sponsoring a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner or dependent child outside Canada:

  • If you and your sponsored relative meet all immigration requirements,
    • the visa office will:
      • ask you to submit passports and
      • issue permanent resident visas to your sponsored relative and the family members who are coming to Canada.
    • Your sponsored relative must then arrive in Canada either with or before their family members, and within the validity period of the visas.
  • If you or your sponsored relative don’t meet all immigration requirements,
    • the application will be refused, and
    • you’ll get an email or letter explaining the reasons for the refusal and we’ll inform you of your right to appeal the decision to the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)
  • If you choose to withdraw the sponsorship if you don’t meet the sponsorship requirements,
    • CPC-M will return your complete application (including supporting documents) to you.

Note: You will be repaid all processing fees except the sponsorship fee of $75. The application for permanent residence will not be processed.



For more information

Current processing times

Processing time can change. You can check current processing times on the Application processing times webpage.


Checking application status

The person you are sponsoring can receive instant email updates and more detailed, up-to-date case status on their permanent resident application by creating an online account. Find out how.

In Canada and the United States

You may Contact Us or go online to see the current status of your application:

  1. Click on Check application status, and
  2. follow the instructions provided.

To obtain details on how to remove your application status information from the Internet, visit the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) section.

Outside Canada and the United States

Contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate responsible for your region.


Protecting your information

Your personal information is:

  • available to IRCC and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) employees who need to see it to provide the services to you, and
  • not disclosed to other organizations except as permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act or the Citizenship Regulations.

For more information. For more information about the protection of your data, visit the Help Centre.


Need help?

If you need help, you can find answers to your questions by visiting the Help Centre.


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 you are deemed rehabilitated (must not have committed or have been convicted of any other offence) When eligible to apply for rehabilitation
Convicted of an offence outside Canada that, if committed in Canada, would be an indictable offence punishable by a maximum prison term of less than 10 years At least 10 years after you have finished serving the sentence Five years after you have finished serving the sentence
Committed an offence outside Canada that, if committed in Canada, would be an indictable offence punishable by a maximum prison term of less than 10 years At least 10 years after you committed the offence Five years after offence was committed
Convicted of or committed an offence outside Canada, that, if committed in Canada, would be punishable by a maximum prison term of 10 years or more Not applicable Five years after you completed the sentence or committed the offence
Convicted of two or more offences outside Canada that, if committed in Canada, would constitute summary conviction offences At least five years after you finish serving the sentences Not applicable
Convicted of two or more summary conviction offences in Canada At least five years after you finish serving the sentences Must apply for a record suspension (formerly pardon)
Convicted of two or more indictable offences in Canada Not applicable Must apply for a record suspension (formerly pardon)

Appendix A: Key definitions

A Canadian Citizen, a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or permanent resident of Canada who is 18 years of age or older and is applying to sponsor a member of the family class or a member of the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class. To be a sponsor, you must promise to give financial support for the basic needs of the members of your family and their dependent children. You must also meet all of the sponsorship eligibility requirements. See subsection 130(1) of the IRPR for the legal definition.
Principal applicant
When a family applies for permanent residence together, one family member must be the main or “principal” applicant. If the main purpose of the application is to sponsor a spouse or partner for permanent residence in Canada, the principal applicant is the spouse or partner. If the main purpose of the application is to sponsor a dependent child for permanent residence in Canada, the principal applicant is the dependent child. However, when parents are included in an application, the dependent child cannot be the principal applicant.
Family members

An applicant’s closest relatives, in the context of an application. It is defined as a spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, and their dependent children.

See section 1(3) of the IRPR for the legal definition.

Spouse

Means either of the two people (opposite or same sex) in a marriage that is legally recognized in the country where it took place, as well as in Canada.


Important information

IRCC no longer recognizes marriages performed outside of Canada by:

  • Proxy,
  • telephone,
  • fax,
  • internet and
  • other forms of marriage where one or both persons weren’t physically present at the ceremony

For more information, consult Operational Bulletin 613.

See section 2 of the IRPR for the legal definition of marriage.

Common-law partner

Means a person who has been living in a conjugal relationship with another person (opposite or same sex), continuously for at least one year. A conjugal relationship exists when there is a significant degree of commitment between two people.

To show that you are in a common-law relationship, submit proof that you:

  • share the same home,
  • support each other financially and emotionally,
  • have children together, if applicable,
  • present yourselves in public as a couple.

See section 1(1) of the IRPR for the legal definition.

Conjugal partner

A conjugal partner is:

  • a person who is living outside Canada,
  • in a conjugal relationship with a sponsor for at least one year, and
  • could not live with the sponsor as a couple because of reasons beyond their control (e.g. immigration barrier, religious reasons or sexual orientation.

Principal applicants who are living in Canada are not eligible to be sponsored as conjugal partners, either in the Spouse, Common-law in Canada program or the overseas sponsorship program.

This term applies to both heterosexual and homosexual couples.

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

A significant degree of attachment and mutual interdependence between both partners must be shown. The couple must submit proof of the obstacles or restrictions that are preventing them from living together or getting married.

See section 2 of the IRPR for the legal definition.

Dependent children

Means the children of the sponsor or principal applicant.

Your child or the child of your spouse or common-law partner is a dependent child if they meet one of these requirements:

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 because of a physical or mental condition.

Note: The child must meet the requirement on the day the Case Processing Centre receives your complete application. Even if they have reached the age of 19, children falling under type 1 must not be married or be involved in a common-law relationship when the visa is issued and when they enter Canada.

See section 2 of the IRPR for the legal definition.

Dependent child of a dependent child
Means the children of dependent children of the sponsor or principal applicant.
Accompanying dependant

Any dependent child or dependant of a dependent child (grandchild) who plans to immigrate to Canada with the principal applicant. They are included on the application.

When sponsoring more than one child as a principal applicant, each child must have its own application form. They are not considered to be accompanying dependants of each other.

Non-accompanying dependant
Children who meet the definition of a dependent child but who are not immigrating to Canada along with the principal applicant. They must be listed on the principal applicant’s application for permanent residence and must be examined in order to process the principal applicant and remain eligible for sponsorship at a later date.
Family Class
This immigration category allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor certain members of their family to come to Canada as permanent residents. See section 116 of the IRPR for the legal definition.
Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class
This immigration category allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouses or common-law partners who live with them in Canada and have temporary resident status. See sections 123 and 233 of the IRPR for the legal definition.

Marital Status

Annulled Marriage:
This is a marriage that is legally declared invalid.
Common-Law:
This means that you have lived continuously with your partner in a marital-type relationship for at least one year.
Divorced:
This means that a court has legally declared the end of your marriage. The two people are no longer married.
Legally Separated:
This means that you are married, but no longer living with your spouse and do not wish to live together with your spouse again.
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.

Appendix B: Request letters


Appendix C: Photo specifications

Important: If your application is approved, this photo will be used to create the first Permanent Resident Card for you (and your family members, if applicable). To avoid delays in getting your card, it’s important that the photos meet these specifications.

Notes to the applicant

Take this information with you to the photographer

  • Make sure that you provide the correct number of photos specified in the checklist.
  • You must provide identical and unaltered photographs.
  • Photographs may be in colour or in black and white.
  • Photographs must be original and not altered in any way or taken from an existing photograph.
  • Photographs must reflect your current appearance and must have been taken within the past six (6) months.

Important information:

Check the Country Specific Requirements to see if you need to provide extra photos.

Please see the Guide for Permanent resident photos for colour examples of acceptable and unacceptable permanent resident photos.

If you are having your photos taken outside Canada, we strongly recommend that you ask your photographer to review both the Notes to Photographer found below, and the Guide for Permanent resident photos to see examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos. This will help reduce the chance of processing delays, and additional expenses, due to incorrect photo specifications.

Notes to the photographer

The photographs must be:
  • taken by a commercial photographer;
  • 50 mm x 70 mm (2 inches wide x 2 3/4 inches long) and sized so the height of the face measures between 31 mm and 36 mm (1 1/4 inches and 1 7/16 inches) from chin to crown of head (natural top of head);
  • clear, sharp and in focus;
  • taken with a neutral facial expression (eyes open and clearly visible, mouth closed, no smiling);
  • taken with uniform lighting with no shadows, glare or flash reflections;
  • taken straight on, with face and shoulders centred and squared to the camera (i.e. the photographs must show the full front view of the person’s head and shoulders, showing the full face centered in the middle of the photograph);
  • taken in front of a plain white background with a clear difference between the person’s face and the background. Photographs must reflect and represent natural skin tones.

IMPORTANT: Please see the Guide for Permanent resident photos for colour examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos.

Image described below

The back of one (1) photo must:

  • bear the name and date of birth of the subject, as well as the name and complete address of the photography studio;
  • bear the date the photo was taken;
  • The photographer may use a stamp or handwrite this information. Stick-on labels are not accepted.

Appendix D: Contact information for provincial authorities

If the person you sponsor or any of their dependants gets financial support under a federal, provincial or municipal assistance program during the validity of the agreement, you will be in default of your obligations.

If you need information about how to repay the money owed, contact the provincial office listed below. Services 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

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