Adding a dependant: Private sponsorship of refugee applications at the Resettlement Operations Centre in Ottawa

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.

These instructions outline the possible scenarios for requests to add a dependant and include the processing instructions for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offices abroad and the Resettlement Operations Centre in Ottawa (ROC-O).

The scenarios are:

  • Biological children born after the principal applicant’s application was received at ROC-O.
  • Other dependants (spouse, children of spouse, adopted children, de facto dependants) where a marriage or adoption took place after the application was received at ROC-O.

Each scenario has its own set of processing procedures.

These instructions do not apply to private sponsorship of refugees (PSR) applications destined to Quebec.


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