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    PrintTable of Contents

    Before you apply

    Your obligations as a sponsor

    Are you eligible to sponsor?

    Who can you sponsor?

    Criminality

    Things that may affect you

    Sponsors living in Quebec

    Step 1. Get your checklist

    Step 2. Gather all documents

    Step 3. Fill out the forms

    Step 4. Pay the fees

    Step 5. Check your application

    Step 6. Mail the application

    What you should do after you apply

    What happens next?

    Table 1: Eligibility for rehabilitation

    Appendix A: Key definitions

    Appendix B: Request letters

    Appendix C: Photo specifications

    Appendix D: Contact information for provincial authorities

    This is not a legal document.

    For legal information, see the:

    Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/I-2.5/)

    Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (http://laws-

    lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/sor-2002-227/)

    Citizenship Act (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-29/)

    Citizenship Regulations (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-93-

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    246/index.html)

    You can request this publication in another format (/english/resources/publications/index.asp).

    Before you apply

    If you havent already, read our Basic Guide (IMM 5525)

    (/english/information/applications/guides/5525ETOC.asp), 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.

    Who can use this application

    Use this application if you are a Canadian citizen 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 his or her

    dependent child or children

    your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner who lives overseas, and his or her

    dependent child or children

    your dependent child or children

    Use this guide to help you prepare both your application to sponsor and your family members

    application for permanent residence.

    Note: Applications to sponsor conjugal partners and dependent children are processed

    outside Canada.

    Your obligations as a sponsor

    When you agree to be a sponsor, you must sign an undertaking (http://laws-

    lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2002-227/page-28.html#docCont), 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 arent covered by public health

    services.

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    By signing the undertaking, you must make sure the people you sponsor wont need to ask the

    government for financial help. If they receive social assistance, youll have to pay back what

    they received during the undertaking period. You wont be able to sponsor anyone else until

    you have 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 wont 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

    the person you sponsor moves to another province or country

    you have financial problems

    May I cancel my undertaking after its 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 taken 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.

    Your 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.

    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.

    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

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    first. The length of undertaking for residents of Quebec (http://www.immigration-

    quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/immigrate-settle/sponsors-sponsored/requirements-sponsor/duration-

    sponsorship.html) is slightly different.

    Note: You will be in default if your relative gets social assistance from the government

    while the undertaking is in effect.

    Are you eligible to sponsor?

    To sponsor, you must

    be a Canadian citizen, a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian

    Indian Act (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/I-5/) or permanent resident,

    be 18 years of age or older,

    live in Canada or have proof, if you are a Canadian citizen living outside of Canada, that

    you will live in Canada after the sponsored person becomes a permanent resident,

    sign an undertaking promising to provide for your family members basic needs and, if it

    applies to you, those of any dependent children,

    If you live in Quebec, you must also meet Quebecs conditions to be a sponsor

    (http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/immigrate-settle/sponsors-

    sponsored/requirements-sponsor/index.html),

    prove that you have enough income to provide basic needs for your spouse or partners

    dependent children. This means meeting or exceeding a minimum necessary income,

    which is an amount published yearly by the Canadian government. You must submit

    documents showing your financial resources for the past 12 months (

    /english/information/applications/guides/5482Eguide.asp) only if the spouse or partner

    you are sponsoring has a grandchild who is coming with them (see subsection 1(3) of

    the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) (http://laws-

    lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/sor-2002-227/) for more information). You would not

    provide those documents to IRCC if you live in Quebec.

    You may not be able to sponsor if you

    signed an undertaking for a previous spouse or partner and and it has not been three

    years since he or she 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

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    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 offencesdepending 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 havent received a

    decision.

    Sponsoring if you live outside Canada

    If you are a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you can sponsor a spouse, a common-

    law partner or conjugal partner, or a dependent child who has no children of his or her own.

    However, you must show that you will live in Canada when the sponsored person becomes a

    permanent resident.

    Note: Permanent residents living abroad may not sponsor from outside of Canada.

    Canadian citizens travelling as tourists are not considered to be living abroad.

    Defaults

    A previous sponsorship undertaking

    If family members you sponsored in the past got social assistance or welfare while the

    undertaking was valid, you cant 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

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    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 cant sponsor if you are in default of your loan. For more information, contact us

    (/english/contacts/index.asp).

    Support payment obligations

    If you were ordered by a court to make support payments to a spouse or child and havent

    made payments:

    You cant 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 cant sponsor until you pay the full amount of the bond.

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

    If a spouse or partner sponsored you, you cannot 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. Other

    members of the Family Class will not be affected by the rule change.

    Spouses and partners sponsored before

    Sponsorship bar for violent crime

    Date IRCC got your sponsorship application

    Are you eligible to sponsor someone?

    Before March 2, 2012

    The five-year sponsorship bar does not apply, no matter when you became a permanent

    resident.

    On or after March 2, 2012

    The five-year sponsorship bar applies. You cannot sponsor someone until you have been a

    permanent resident for five years.

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    The sponsorship bar prevents people who have been convicted of certain crimes from

    sponsoring a family member.

    If you have been convicted of a crime that caused bodily harm to any of the relatives listed

    below, you cant 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 are not sure, check the

    full list of rules (/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2011/ob361.asp) or contact us

    (/english/contacts/index.asp).

    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 childs spouse, partner or children,

    your spouses, partners or childs ex-spouse or ex-partner and children,

    your partners 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 can you 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 youre sponsoring an adopted child,

    use the sponsorship package for adopted children

    (/english/information/applications/famcls.asp).) The person you are sponsoring and their

    family members will need to pass background, security and medical checks.

    Identifying the class of application

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    Identifying the class of application

    If you are sponsoring your conjugal partner or dependent child, you must submit an

    application under the Family Class.

    If you are 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.

    For sponsorships of spouses and common-law partners, you must specify the Class of

    Application on the checklist you submit as the covering page for your application

    package, i.e. on the IMM 5533 Document Checklist Spouse (PDF (Portable

    Document Format), 1.30 MB (Megabyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5533E.pdf), or the

    IMM 5589 Document Checklist - Common-Law Partner (PDF (Portable Document

    Format), 1.30 MB (Megabyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5589E.pdf).

    Read the information below to help you determine if your spouse or common-law partner

    should apply under the Family Class or under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada

    Class:

    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 doesnt plan to

    stay in Canada while the application is being processed

    you plan to appeal if the application is refused

    Apply under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class if the person you want

    to sponsor:

    lives with you in Canada

    is eligible to become a permanent resident from within Canada

    would like to apply for, and qualifies for, an Open Work Permit so that he or she 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 (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2002-

    227/page-26.html)

    for requirements to sponsor under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada

    class, see Part 7, Division 2 (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2002-

    227/page-27.html)

    Sponsoring your spouse, common-law partner or conjugalpartner

    If you are married

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    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

    (/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2015/ob613.asp).

    If you are in a common-law relationship

    You can sponsor the person as your common-law partner (same or opposite sex) as long

    as you have been living or have lived with your partner for at least 12 consecutive months

    in a marriage-like relationship.

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

    share or have shared the same home,

    support each other financially and emotionally,

    have children together (if applicable),

    present yourselves in public as a couple.

    If you are 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 have been in a genuine (real) relationship for at least 12 months where marriage or

    cohabitation (living together) has not been possible because of barriers such as sexual

    orientation, religious faith, etc.

    Sponsoring your spouse or common-law partner who lives

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    Sponsoring your spouse or common-law partner who liveswith 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 cant become a permanent resident in Canada if he or

    she is 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

    Important information: To continue to work and study in Canada, your spouse or common-

    law partner 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, he or she may not be allowed to come back. This is especially true if they need a

    Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada.

    If the sponsored person cant return to Canada, you must submit a new application to the

    Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC-M).

    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 common-law partner can be considered a dependent

    child if that child meets the requirements of type 1 or 2 below:

    Type 1

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

    relationship).

    Type 2

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    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: These requirements must be met on the day the Case Processing Centre

    receives your application. Whether or not they have reached the age of 19, children

    falling under type 1 must not be married or be in a common-law relationship when

    the visa is issued and when they enter Canada.

    The person you are sponsoring has a child in the sole custody of aprevious 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 is a written agreement or court order to show that the sponsored person does

    not have custody or responsibility, the child must be listed on the application and must be

    examined.

    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. In addition to your ability to sponsor them in the future, failure to declare and

    have family members examined will affect your own application.

    Passports for family members

    The person you are 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.

    Diplomatic, official, service or public affairs passports cannot be used 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 persons (and any family members):

    medical results

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    passports

    Important information: Once issued, permanent resident visas cannot be extended. If

    applicants do not 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 are sponsoring is outside Canada and has committed or has been convicted

    of a crime outside Canada, he or she may be able to overcome this criminal inadmissibility.

    This section does not apply to anyone applying from within Canada and with a conviction or

    offense outside Canada. Find out how to overcome criminal convictions

    (/english/information/inadmissibility/conviction.asp).

    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 will assess your eligibility as a sponsor and do the first

    assessment of the permanent resident application. However, we will only assess the

    sponsored persons 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 have finished serving the sentences.

    Convictions or offences in Canada

    If the person has a criminal conviction in Canada, he or she 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

    (https://www.canada.ca/en/parole-board/services/record-suspensions.html) or for more

    information from:

    Parole Board of Canada

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    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: [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])

    Website: http://pbc-clcc.gc.ca/index-eng.shtml (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, he or she should carry a copy of the record suspension.

    If the person has had two or more summary convictions in Canada, he or she may no longer

    be inadmissible if:

    at least five years have passed since they finished serving all sentences

    they have had no other convictions.

    Important information: See Eligibility for Rehabilitation for a summary of the type of

    offences and length of rehabilitation periods.

    Police certificates

    Sponsored spouses, partners and dependent children do not have to include police

    certificates with their application package. Once the application is being processed, we will

    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, youll have to submit them for:

    the country where you currently live, if you have lived there for six months or more; and

    the country where you have spent most of your adult life since the age of 18.

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

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    If you (or your family members) cant get a police certificate for the two situations above, you

    must explain in writing why you cant provide one. You should also include any supporting

    documents you already have to support your explanation. We will review your explanation and

    let you know if we need more information or documentation.

    Note: Some countries need a consent form from IRCC to issue police certificates.

    Find out (/english/information/security/police-cert/index.asp) 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 will 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 will 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 (/english/information/security/police-

    cert/intro.asp).

    Things that might affect you

    Conditional permanent residence

    If your application was received on or after October 25, 2012, the person you are sponsoring

    may have a condition attached to their permanent resident status. If the condition applies, the

    sponsored person must live with you in a legitimate relationship for two years after they

    become a permanent resident.

    The condition applies if, at the time of your sponsorship application, the sponsored person:

    is your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner;

    has been in a relationship with you for two years or less and

    has no children with you.

    Examples

    Condition applies if the couple:

    is married for two years or less;

    has been in a legitimate relationship for two years or less; or

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    has lived together in a common-law relationship for two years or less;

    and

    do not have any children together

    Condition does not apply if the couple:

    is married for more than two years;

    have been in a conjugal relationship for more than two years;

    has lived together in a common-law relationship for more than two years; or

    has children together.

    Find more information for Sponsored Spouses or Partners

    (/english/resources/publications/family-sponsorship.asp) on conditional permanent residence.

    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 have failed to respect your residency conditions;

    The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and the Minister of Public Safety

    signed a certificate stating you are inadmissible because of security, human or

    international rights violation, serious criminality or organized criminality;

    You have been charged with an offence that is punishable by a maximum prison term of

    ten years.

    If yes, we wont start processing your sponsorship application until a final decision has been

    made.

    If you dont meet the sponsorship requirements

    If you dont qualify as a sponsor and chose to withdraw your sponsorship application:

    you will 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 dont qualify as a sponsor and indicate you want to continue processing:

    we will process the application for the person you are sponsoring.

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    we will 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 (http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/immigrate-settle/sponsors-

    sponsored/index.html).

    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 Quebecs sponsorship kit.

    fill out and submit Quebecs undertaking kit. You must attach a copy of CPC-Ms email

    or letter to the undertaking application that you submit to the Quebec government.

    If your spouse's or partner's dependent child has dependent children of his or her 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 your

    undertaking has been met or not. The Quebec government may deem that your sponsorship

    has not been met if:

    you didnt meet the terms of a sponsorship agreement in the past because the person

    you sponsored got social assistance and you havent repaid the Quebec government;

    during the five years before you submitted your sponsorship application, you didnt pay

    alimony or child support even though a court ordered it;

    you didnt follow other conditions imposed by the Quebec authorities or with any federal

    regulatory requirements, particularly if you got social assistance and arent exempt from

    that condition.

    We cant make a decision on your application until we receive Quebecs decision about your

    undertaking application.

    If you need help, contact the Quebec ministry for immigration (http://www.immigration-

    quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/reach/index.html)

    Step 1. Get your checklist

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    Step 1. Get your checklist

    The document checklists:

    tell you which forms you need

    lists all the documents you must submit, and

    link you to instructions to fill out each form.

    Depending on your application, you will use one of these checklists:

    Checklist for spouse (including dependent children) [IMM 5533] (PDF (Portable

    Document Format), 1.30 MB (Megabyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5533E.pdf)

    Checklist for common-law partner, (including dependent children) [IMM 5589] (PDF

    (Portable Document Format), 1.30 MB (Megabyte))

    (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5589E.pdf)

    Checklist for conjugal partner, (including dependent children) [IMM 5629] (PDF

    (Portable Document Format), 1.29 MB (Megabyte))

    (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5629E.pdf)

    Checklist for a dependent child only [IMM 5534] (PDF (Portable Document

    Format), 1.23 MB (Megabyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5534E.pdf)

    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 documents

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

    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 will contact you if

    we need more information.

    You must attach a certified translation, including a certified copy of the original of

    any documents that are not in English or French (this is normally done by a

    certified translator). See Translation of documents below.

    Check your country-specific requirements

    You will find your country specific requirements (/english/information/applications/spouse.asp)

    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.

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    To see additional forms or documents required for the person being sponsored

    (principal applicant) and his or her family members, select the country where they

    reside.

    You may need to follow special instructions about specific documents based on the country

    youll 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 (http://laws-

    lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2002-227/page-3.html#h-6)) 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. Dont 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 dont submit them. Should you fail to respond by the deadline

    given, your application could be refused for not complying with an officers request.

    Translation of documents

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

    the English or French translation; and

    an affidavit from the person who completed the translation; and

    a certified copy of the original document.

    Translations may be done by a person who is fluent in both languages (English or French and

    the unofficial language). If the translation is not provided by a member in good standing of a

    provincial or territorial organization of translators and interpreters in Canada, the translation

    must be accompanied by an affidavit swearing to the accuracy of the translation and the

    language proficiency of the translator.

    The affidavit must be sworn in the presence of:

    In Canada:

    a notary public

    a commissioner of oaths

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    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 applicants family. Family member is defined as being a:

    parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law 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 in which the translator is living, that

    the contents of their translation are a true translation and representation of the contents of

    the original document. Translators who are certified members in good standing of one of

    the provincial or territorial organizations of translators and interpreters of Canada do not

    need to supply an affidavit.

    Certified true copies

    To have a photocopy of a document certified, an authorized person must compare the original

    document to the photocopy and must print the following on the photocopy:

    I certify that this is a true copy of the original document,

    the name of the original document,

    the date of the certification,

    his or her name,

    his or her official position or title, and

    his or her signature.

    Who can certify copies?

    Persons authorized to certify copies include the following:

    In Canada:

    a notary public

    a commissioner of oaths

    a commissioner of taking affidavits

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

    territorial authorities.

    Outside Canada:

    a notary public

    Authority to certify international documents varies by country. Consult your local

    authorities.

    Family members may not certify copies of your documents. Family member is

    defined as being a: parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law 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.

    The sponsor must fill out and sign these forms:

    Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking [IMM 1344] (PDF

    (Portable Document Format), 441.45 KB (Kilobyte))

    (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM1344E.pdf)

    Sponsorship Evaluation and Relationship Questionnaire [IMM 5532] (PDF (Portable

    Document Format), 853.05 KB (Kilobyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5532E.pdf)

    Sponsorship Evaluation [IMM 5481] (PDF (Portable Document Format), 742.74 KB

    (Kilobyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5481E.pdf), only if you are sponsoring your

    dependent child who has no dependent children of their own. Unless instructed

    otherwise, sponsors in Quebec do not need to fill this out. See: Sponsors living in

    Quebec

    Financial Evaluation [IMM 1283] (PDF (Portable Document Format), 1.24 MB

    (Megabyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM1283E.pdf), only if you are sponsoring a

    dependent child who has their own dependent child. Unless instructed otherwise,

    sponsors in Quebec do not need to fill this out.

    Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) (PDF (Portable Document Format), 648.31 KB

    (Kilobyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5476E.pdf), if using a representative.

    The person being sponsored must fill out and sign these

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    The person being sponsored must fill out and sign theseforms:

    Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking [IMM 1344] (PDF

    (Portable Document Format), 441.45 KB (Kilobyte))

    (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM1344E.pdf)

    Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008] (PDF (Portable Document

    Format), 495.67 KB (Kilobyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM0008ENU_2D.pdf)

    Additional Dependants/Declaration [IMM 0008DEP] (PDF (Portable Document

    Format), 424.19 KB (Kilobyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM0008DEPENU.pdf), only if

    you have more than five dependants on your application

    Additional Family Information [IMM 5406] (PDF (Portable Document

    Format), 570.00 KB (Kilobyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5406E.pdf)

    Sponsorship Evaluation and Relationship Questionnaire [IMM 5532 ] (PDF (Portable

    Document Format), 853.05 KB (Kilobyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5532E.pdf)

    Schedule A Background/Declaration [IMM 5669] (PDF (Portable Document

    Format), 390.66 KB (Kilobyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/eIMM5669E.pdf), submit online

    after you link your application. For more information, see What you should do after you

    apply (/english/information/applications/guides/5289ETOC.asp#after)

    Use of a Representative (IMM 5476)

    (/english/information/applications/representative.asp), if using a representative.

    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 are applying for permanent residence in Canada, you must declare all of your family

    members (/english/helpcentre/glossary.asp#family_members). There are no exceptions to the

    requirement to declare all family members.

    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 are not declared and examined are excluded from the family class,

    which means that they cannot be sponsored by you at a later date. Permanent residents who

    did not declare all their family members on their application may also be subject to

    enforcement proceedings that could lead to the loss of permanent resident status. Find more

    information about why you must declare all family members (/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?

    qnum=256&top=28).

    Validate your forms

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    Some forms have a Validate button, specifically the IMM 1344, IMM 0008 and IMM 5669.

    You should fill out your forms on a computer and validate them to make sure you have

    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 aroudn the fields that need to be completed.

    After being validated, the IMM 1344 and IMM 0008 will create barcode pages (see image

    below). Place these barcode pages on top of your application.

    Be complete and accurate

    Fill out all sections. If a section doesnt 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 (http://laws-

    lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2002-227/page-3.html#h-6) 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

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    Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreementand Undertaking (IMM 1344)

    View form IMM 1344 (PDF (Portable Document Format), 441.45 KB (Kilobyte))

    (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM1344E.pdf)

    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 cant have a co-signer if you are sponsoring your spouse, common-law partner or

    conjugal partner.

    Question 4

    If the person you are sponsoring doesnt 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 doesnt have a given name on their passport or travel

    document, leave the given name field empty.

    Question 5

    If you dont 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

    a. Tell us the nature of your relationship to the principal applicant:

    Spouse

    Common-law partner

    Conjugal partner

    Parent

    Other (do not check)

    c. If you are a common-law or conjugal partner, give the date you entered into that conjugal

    relationship.

    Sponsor personal details

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    Question 1

    If you dont 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 dont have a given name on your passport or travel document, leave the Given Name

    field blank.

    Question 4

    If you dont 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

    a. Tell us your current marital status. See the Key Definitions for explanations of the

    different types of marital status.

    b. 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

    a. You must tell us if you were previously married or in a common-law relationship.

    b. 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

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    Note: If you havent 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

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    Important information

    Note

    If you are sponsoring your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner you cant

    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

    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

    (/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=43&top=4) and if any other information has changed

    on the application.

    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 (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2002-227/page-3.html#h-6) for more

    information).

    Sponsorship Evaluation (IMM 5481)

    View form IMM 5481 (PDF (Portable Document Format), 742.74 KB (Kilobyte))

    (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5481E.pdf)

    Who needs to fill out this form?

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    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 (PDF (Portable Document Format), 1.24 MB (Megabyte))

    (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM1283E.pdf)

    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). (/english/information/applications/guides/5482Eguide.asp)

    Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)

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    Note

    Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)

    View form IMM 0008 (PDF (Portable Document Format), 495.67 KB (Kilobyte))

    (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM0008ENU_2D.pdf)

    Who must fill out this application form?

    This form must be filled out and signed by:

    the person being sponsored (principal applicant)

    Note: If you are submitting a sponsorship application for a dependent child, adopted child or

    orphan, you must complete a separate application package for each child.

    Completing the form

    You must answer all questions on this application form unless instructed 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 mistakes that can

    slow down the application process.

    Read and follow the steps below to help you fill out the application form. Instructions have only

    been provided when necessary.

    Application details

    Question 1

    Choose Family as the Program you are applying for:

    Question 2

    Choose the category you are applying under:

    Spouse

    Common-law partner

    Conjugal partner

    Dependent child

    Question 3

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    Write the total number of family members included in your application. This includes yourself,

    the principal applicant, and any family members, whether they will travel with you to Canada or

    not.

    Note: Do not include the sponsor or family members that are already permanent residents or

    Canadian citizens. Individuals that will not be included in the undertaking should not be

    included in this total.

    Question 4

    Language preference

    If you choose English or French for an interview, an interpreter wont be needed.

    If your native language isnt in this list, choose other.

    Question 6

    If you plan to live in the Province of Quebec and are applying under a Quebec

    immigration program, have you received your Certificat de slection du Qubec

    (CSQ)?

    Check no for Question 6 a) and leave 6 c) blank.

    Principal applicants personal details

    The person being sponsored must answer these questions.

    Question 1

    If you dont 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 dont have a given name on your passport or travel document, leave the given name

    field empty.

    Question 3

    Write your Unique Client Identifier (UCI) or Client Identification number (Client ID), if you know

    it (8-digit number). Otherwise, leave it blank. If this is your first application with IRCC you wont

    have a UCI or a Client ID.

    Question 7

    If you dont know your complete date of birth, please use a * (star sign or asterisk) to fill in the

    spaces for the unknown year, month or day.

    Question 10

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    Your country of residence is the country where you are living.

    For out-of-status applicants:

    Under Status choose Other;

    Under Other write Out of status, requires restoration;

    Leave the From and To boxes blank.

    Question 11

    Enter the date of your last entry to Canada, if this applies to you.

    Write the place you last entered Canada (e.g. Toronto airport, Lacolle border crossing,

    seaport Yarmouth, etc.).

    Question 13

    a. From the list, choose your current marital status. For an explanation of the different types

    of marital status, see the Key definitions.

    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 9T5

    Write your current mailing address (where information should be mailed). Include the

    following:

    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 this applies to you

    Street number, It is the number on your house or apartment building. You must provide

    this if you did not type in a Post Office Box

    Street name, if it applies to you

    City or Town

    From the list, select the Country of your current mailing address

    Province or State

    Postal code or zip code

    District, if it applies to you

    Note: If you have not provided us with an email address, all correspondence will go to

    this address.

    Question 6

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    By giving us your email address, you are hereby authorizing IRCC to send your file and

    personal information to this specific email. Make sure you check your spam folder in case our

    messages are directed there.

    Language Details

    Question 1

    This question is used for information purposes only. One of Canadas objectives for

    immigration is to support and assist the development of minority language communities in

    Canada.

    Dependants

    You, the principal applicant must answer each question on behalf of each of your dependants.

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

    must include:

    your spouse or common-law partner,

    all of your dependent children who are not already permanent residents or

    Canadian citizens, and

    your spouse or common-law partners dependent children who are not already

    permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

    You can add up to five dependants in this form: [IMM 0008] (PDF (Portable Document

    Format), 495.67 KB (Kilobyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM0008ENU_2D.pdf).

    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 family members, you must complete the Additional

    Dependants/Declaration [IMM 0008DEP] (PDF (Portable Document Format), 424.19 KB

    (Kilobyte)) (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM0008DEPENU.pdf) form for each additional family

    member to make sure everyone is included in your application.

    Important

    You must list all family members in your application for permanent residence, whether they

    are coming with you to Canada or not. You must also provide details on family members

    whose location is unknown (including those missing or presumed dead). If they have not been

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    declared and examined, this may affect your application and you will not be able to sponsor

    them at a later date. Do not include individuals that are not members of the family class (e.g.

    sponsors parents, siblings, cousins etc.).

    Dependants personal details

    Question 1-9

    Questions 1 to 9 are the same as the questions you answered for yourself. See the previous

    instructions to help you answer the questions for your dependants.

    Question 10

    a. From the list, select your dependants relationship to you, the principal applicant:

    Adopted Child

    Child

    Grandchild

    Other

    Step-Child

    Step-Grandchild

    b. Complete if you chose Other

    Question 11

    a. Check the box to tell us if your dependant will come with you to Canada.

    b. If you answered No, explain why.

    Question 12

    Choose the type of dependant (Type 1 or Type 2). For an explanation of the different types of

    dependants, see the Key Definitions.

    Question 13

    The country of residence is the country where your dependant is living.

    Other: You must fill out this section if you chose Other as a status.

    For out-of-status applicants:

    Under Status choose Other;

    Under Other write Out of status, requires restoration;

    Leave the From and To boxes blank.

    Consent and declaration of applicant

    Read the instructions below to complete your form properly.

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    Note

    1. Once you have completed the application, click on the Validate button located at the

    top or bottom of the form. This will create a barcode page.

    Note: This barcode page will not show up 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:

    a. Write your name in the space provided.

    b. Check the correct box to tell us if you agree that the information in this

    application about your intended occupation, education and work

    experience may be shared with prospective employers to help them hire

    workers.

    c. Sign and date in the spaces provided.

    By signing, you certify that you fully understand the questions asked, and that the

    information you have given is complete, truthful, and correct. If you dont sign and date,

    the application will be returned to you (see section 10 of the IRPR (http://laws-

    lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2002-227/page-3.html#h-6) for more

    information). A parent or legal guardian must sign on behalf of a dependent child under

    the age of 18, if they are the principal applicant.

    4. Place the barcode page(s) on the top of your application (forms and supporting

    documents) when you submit it.

    Additional Dependants/Declaration (IMM 0008DEP)

    View form IMM 0008DEP (PDF (Portable Document Format), 424.19 KB (Kilobyte))

    (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM0008DEPENU.pdf)

    Who must fill out this form?

    This form must be completed by:

    The person being sponsored (principal applicant), on behalf of each dependant 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:

    a. Write your dependants name in the space provided.

    b. Check the correct box to tell us if you agree that the information in this application

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    related to your dependants intended occupation, education and work experience may

    be shared with prospective employers to help them hire workers.

    c. 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 given is complete, truthful, and correct. If you do not sign and date, the

    application will be returned to you (see section 10 of the IRPR (http://laws-

    lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2002-227/page-3.html#h-6) for more information).

    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 (PDF (Portable Document Format), 390.66 KB (Kilobyte))

    (/english/pdf/kits/forms/eIMM5669E.pdf)

    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 its 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

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    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.

    Dont use initials.

    Question 2

    If you dont 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.

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    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- 2014- Educational student Toronto, Study University of

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    01 01 Activity Canada visa 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.

    Note: Dont 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

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    Note

    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

    Authority to disclose personal informationDeclaration 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

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    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 (PDF (Portable Document Format), 570.00 KB (Kilobyte))

    (/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5406E.pdf)

    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 wasnt 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

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    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,