Applications under family classes: Sponsorships from persons residing in Quebec

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The Quebec Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) is responsible for determining whether or not to approve a sponsorship undertaking for sponsors who live in Quebec.

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MIDI process

The Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC-M) will advise Quebec sponsors by letter that they must:

  • obtain the undertaking form (Formulaire d'engagement) by either:
  • follow the instructions for submitting an application and the required supporting documents—which includes an Application for a Selection Certificate—along with a copy of the letter issued by the CPC

MIDI will determine all of the following:

  • the financial criteria for sponsorship of immigrants intending to live in Quebec
  • if sponsors are in receipt of social assistance
  • if sponsors are in default of a previous Quebec undertaking or family support payments
  • the duration of undertaking
  • if they are an undischarged bankrupt under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act

If MIDI refuses the undertaking application, they will advise the sponsor and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of the decision, in writing.

If MIDI approves the undertaking application, they will send a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) (Quebec Selection Certificate) to the applicant and a copy to the sponsor. They will advise IRCC of their decision, in writing.

If the processing office receives the permanent residence application by the sponsored person before receiving a response from MIDI, the processing office should contact MIDI directly for their decision.

Note: The CSQ must be valid at the time it is received by IRCC. Once a valid CSQ is received by IRCC, it will be considered valid until a decision is rendered on the permanent residence application. If the CSQ validity date has expired in the Global Case Management System (GCMS) when a decision is to be taken, officers must manually update the “Valid To” field to the date that is equal to the validity of the medical results.

Quebec cases: Federal sponsorship criteria not met

Before referring a Quebec case to MIDI, officers with decision-making authority assess the sponsor against federal sponsorship eligibility requirements. If the sponsor does not meet federal eligibility requirements, do not send a copy of the sponsorship application to MIDI.

If the sponsor does not meet federal eligibility requirements and has opted to withdraw their sponsorship application (Question 1 of IMM 1344), return the permanent residence application and refund relevant processing fees to the sponsor.

If the sponsor opts to proceed with the application when they do not meet eligibility requirements, make a decision on the permanent residence application of the sponsored applicant. Do not refund the processing fees.

Quebec cases: Federal sponsorship criteria met

If the sponsor meets federal eligibility requirements, CPC-M will inform the sponsor by letter and instruct them to download a MIDI undertaking kit, complete it and submit it to the MIDI along with a copy of the letter issued by the CPC. Evaluation of the permanent residence application is suspended pending receipt of a decision from Quebec on the sponsorship undertaking.

Since the sponsorship undertaking is assessed before the eligibility requirements for the class are assessed, sponsorship applications involving applicants who may not satisfy the requirements for membership in the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class may be sent to MIDI for a provincial assessment.

If federal eligibility requirements are met but MIDI refuses the sponsorship undertaking, the permanent residence application and relevant processing fees are returned to the sponsor if the sponsor opts to withdraw their sponsorship application if found ineligible to sponsor.

If federal eligibility requirements are met but MIDI refuses the sponsorship undertaking, the application for permanent residence is refused by IRCC, if the sponsor opts to proceed with the application in circumstances where they do not meet eligibility requirements. If the sponsor appeals the refusal of MIDI to issue a CSQ and MIDI approves the appeal and issues a CSQ, the sponsor must submit a new sponsorship application to IRCC.

If federal eligibility requirements are met and MIDI issues a CSQ, the permanent residence application is assessed.

A refund of the permanent residence processing fees is possible if:

  • the sponsor indicates under Question 1 of the IMM 1344E that they choose to withdraw their sponsorship if found ineligible to sponsor; or
  • the sponsor makes a written request to withdraw their sponsorship application; and
  • initial evaluation has not begun on the application for permanent residence.

Sponsor chooses, “to withdraw your sponsorship” if found ineligible to sponsor

CPC-M performs administrative processes and assesses the sponsorship application against federal sponsorship eligibility requirements.

If the sponsor does not meet federal financial and eligibility requirements, CPC-M will do all of the following:

  • retain the sponsorship processing fee and refund the permanent resident processing fee and, if it was already paid, the right of permanent residence fee (RPRF)
  • advise the sponsor of the ineligibility decision
  • enter “Discontinued” in the application in GCMS
  • cease processing if the sponsor opted to discontinue if found ineligible

If the sponsor meets federal eligibility requirements, CPC-M will do all of the following:

  • process fees and enter the sponsorship decision in GCMS
  • list the application for background checks and send a letter to the sponsor instructing them to download the MIDI undertaking kit, complete it and submit it to MIDI along with a copy of the letter issued by the CPC
  • refer the case to MIDI for provincial sponsorship assessment, initial evaluation and assessment of the application for permanent residence pending receipt of the decision from MIDI

MIDI will approve or refuse the sponsor based on Quebec provincial financial sponsorship criteria and will advise the sponsor and CPC-M of the decision.

If MIDI approves the sponsor, CPC-M will do all of the following:

  • begin initial evaluation of the permanent residence application and assess the applicant against eligibility and admissibility requirements
  • enter information in GCMS to reflect the decision on requirements and advise sponsor and applicant of initial decision on the application
  • refer the case to the processing office for completion

If MIDI does not approve the sponsor, CPC-M will:

  • keep the sponsorship processing fee, return the application for permanent residence, and refund the permanent resident processing fees and the RPRF, if paid
  • advise the sponsor that they have been found ineligible to sponsor and that the application for permanent residence cannot be considered
  • enter “Discontinued” in the application in GCMS – there is no refusal decision

Sponsor chooses, “to proceed with the application for permanent residence” if found ineligible to sponsor

CPC-M performs administrative processes and assesses the sponsorship application against federal sponsorship eligibility requirements

CPC-M will:

  • process fees and enter the sponsorship decision in GCMS
  • list the application for background checks and advise the sponsor of the federal sponsorship decision and the referral to MIDI, and suspend processing pending a decision from MIDI
  • refer the client to MIDI for provincial sponsorship assessment.
Note: If federal eligibility requirements are not met, CPC-M can refuse sponsorship eligibility without waiting for MIDI's input.

MIDI will approve or refuse the sponsor based on Quebec provincial financial sponsorship criteria and will advise the sponsor and CPC-M of the decision. Then CPC-M will do all of the following:

  • begin initial evaluation of the permanent residence application and assess the applicant against eligibility and admissibility requirements
  • enter information in GCMS to reflect the decision on requirements and advise sponsor and applicant of initial decision on the application
  • refer the case to the processing office for completion.

If MIDI does not approve the sponsor, CPC-M will also:

  • refuse the sponsorship eligibility application
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