Guide 5772 – Application to Sponsor Parents and Grandparents

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This is the instruction guide for the 2020 process.

The instruction guide below is for your information only. It’s from 2020. When the application package for the 2021 process is available, we announce it on our Facebook page, our Twitter account and on this website.

We’re not accepting applications for the 2021 process yet. 

Don’t apply unless we invite you. If you submit an application and we didn’t invite you, we’ll send it back to you.

You need an invitation before you can apply.

The steps to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents are a bit different for the 2021 process. We’ll invite enough people from the remaining pool of potential sponsors who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 to reach our goal of accepting 30,000 new applications.

You can only apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents if your confirmation number is randomly selected.

  • If we invite you to apply, you’ll have 60 days to submit an application.

You can check if you were invited to apply using our Invitation Status Web form page. If the web form says you were invited, but you didn’t get an email to the account you entered on your 2020 interest to sponsor form, make sure you

  • check your junk mail folder
  • check your physical mail—if we couldn’t email an invitation, we sent it by physical mail

If you still didn’t get anything, use the web form to let us know and to ask for a copy of the invitation to apply letter.

If you’d like your parents and grandparents to come to Canada, they may be eligible to apply for a super visa, which could let them stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time.

Table of Contents


Overview

Application package

We encourage the sponsor and principal applicant to thoroughly read this entire instruction guide and then complete each of the applicable application forms.

For an application to be considered complete, the sponsor and principal applicant must fill out the forms listed below and must submit them all together in 1 envelope for each set of parents and grandparents you are sponsoring. Incomplete applications will be returned.

This application package includes

  • the instruction guide with helpful information for the sponsor and principal applicant (the person being sponsored) and
  • the forms required for both the sponsor and the principal applicant to complete and include in their sponsorship application.

The following forms are to be completed, signed and submitted by the sponsor:

If applicable, the sponsor must also complete the following forms:

The following are to be completed, signed and submitted by the principal applicant:

If applicable, the principal applicant must also complete the following forms:

Note: You should keep a copy of your completed forms and required documents for your records.


Before you apply – Information for the sponsor

Sponsorship of parents and grandparents

Canadian citizens, permanent residents living in Canada and registered Indians can sponsor their parents and grandparents, but they are required to provide care and support to sponsored family members once they arrive in Canada.


Who may use this application?

This application guide is designed for Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and registered Indians who are 18 years of age or older and wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents. You may use this application only if you

  • successfully submitted an interest to sponsor form, and
  • received a confirmation number, and
  • received an invitation to apply letter. Invitations cannot be shared and are not transferable.

Whom may I sponsor using this application package?

You can use this application package to sponsor your parents, your grandparents (related by blood or adoption) and their dependants, if you meet the income requirements for all the people you want to sponsor and their dependants.

You will need to submit separate applications when sponsoring divorced parents or grandparents.

You can’t sponsor your spouse’s parents and grandparents (your in-laws). However, you can be a co-signer on your in-laws’ sponsorship application.


What does it mean to sponsor parents and grandparents?

When you sponsor people who are members of the family class, you must sign an undertaking with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (or with the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration [MIFI], if you live in Quebec).

The undertaking is a promise to provide financial support and basic requirements for the family members you are sponsoring.

Basic requirements are

  • food
  • clothing
  • utilities
  • personal requirements
  • shelter
  • fuel
  • household supplies

This also includes other health care not provided by public health, such as eye and dental care. If the person you sponsored or an accompanying family member uses social assistance, you are legally required to repay those amounts.

The undertaking ensures that these people and their family members do not have to apply for social assistance. The length of undertaking for sponsorship of parents, grandparents and their accompanying dependants is 20 years. The length of undertaking for residents of Quebec is 10 years.

Your obligations as a sponsor begin on the day the person you are sponsoring (and their family members, if this applies) becomes a permanent resident of Canada. If your circumstances change, the undertaking is still valid. This means you’re still obligated to provide basic requirements for the period of the undertaking even in the case of

  • marital breakdown, separation, or divorce
  • family rifts
  • unemployment
  • change in financial circumstances
  • death of the principal applicant, if you also sponsor their family members

May I have a co-signer?

Your spouse or common-law partner may be a co-signer on the sponsorship application, regardless of how long you have been married. Your combined gross income may help you meet the income requirements. You and your co-signer must each provide proof of income from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the 3 consecutive taxation years immediately preceding the date of the sponsorship application.

If you live in Quebec, see if you meet their income requirements, as the Quebec ministry in charge of immigration will assess your income.

The co-signer must

  • meet the same eligibility requirements as the sponsor
  • agree to co-sign the undertaking
  • agree to be responsible for the basic requirements of the person they want to sponsor and their family members for the validity period of the undertaking

The co-signer will be equally liable if obligations are not performed.

If your co-signer is a common-law partner, you must submit the Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union [IMM 5409] (PDF, 0.78 MB).


Sponsorship eligibility

In order to sponsor, you must

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • be a Canadian citizen, registered Indian or permanent resident
  • be sponsoring a member of the family class
  • live in Canada
  • sign an undertaking promising to provide for the basic requirements of the person being sponsored
  • sign an agreement with the person you are sponsoring that confirms that each of you understands your mutual obligations and responsibilities
  • prove that you have sufficient income to provide the basic requirements for your family members in Canada as well as the people included in your sponsorship undertaking. You may also have a co-signer. Your combined gross income may help you meet the income requirements.

You may not sponsor if you…

  • didn’t pay back
    • an immigration loan
    • a performance bond
    • court-ordered family support payments such as alimony or child supportFootnote *
  • didn’t give the financial support you agreed to when you signed a sponsorship agreement to sponsor someone else in the pastFootnote *
  • declared bankruptcy and are not dischargedFootnote *
  • are receiving social assistance benefits for a reason other than disability
  • are under a removal order
  • are detained in a penitentiary, jail, reformatory or prison
  • were convicted of an offence of a sexual nature, a violent criminal offence, an offence against a relative that resulted in bodily harm or an attempt or threat to commit any such offences—depending on circumstances such as the nature of the offence, how long ago it occurred and whether a pardon was issued

There may be other reasons that make you ineligible to sponsor your parents and grandparents. If we determine you’re not eligible to sponsor, we’ll tell you why.


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 received social assistance while the undertaking was valid, you can’t sponsor until

  • you repay the full amount of any social assistance or
  • you repay the debt to the satisfaction of the government authority that issued the benefit or ordered you to pay.

See Provincial authorities’ contact information 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 Collection Services at 1-800-667-7301 (in Canada and the United States only).
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 their obligations under immigration legislation:

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

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 their children
  • your children
  • your parent/grandparent, child/grandchild, sibling, niece/nephew, aunt/uncle or cousin
    • 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
    • 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
  • 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
    • the current or ex-spouse/partner (and their children) of any of the above
  • your current or ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, their spouse or common-law partner and their dependent children

Provincial authorities’ contact information

If the person you sponsor or a member of their family receives financial support under a provincial or municipal assistance program during the validity of the agreement, you will be deemed in default of your obligations.

If you need information about how to repay the money owed, contact the corresponding provincial office listed below. The services offered by these offices are available during local business hours only.

British Columbia
Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
Sponsorship Default Line
1-877-815-2363

Quebec
Centre 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: 1-780-644-9992

Newfoundland and Labrador
Department of Events, Education, Skills and Labour
Income Support Section
Telephone: 1-877-729-7888
AESL@gov.nl.ca

Saskatchewan
Department of Community Resources and
Employment
Saskatchewan Social Services
Website

New Brunswick
Department of Social Development
Telephone: 1-866-444-8838

Manitoba
Family Services
Employment and Income Assistance
Telephone: 1-877-812-0014

Nova Scotia
Department of Community Services
See website for contact information

Ontario
Ministry of Community and Social Services
Overpayment Recovery Unit
Toll free: 1-888-346-5184
See website for more information

Prince Edward Island
Family and Human Services
Telephone: 1-902-368-6440
See website for more information


Sponsors living in Quebec

The government of Quebec is responsible for determining whether or not sponsors living in the province of Quebec have the financial ability to sponsor family members and the length of their undertaking.

If the federal eligibility requirements are met, the case processing centre (CPC) will send the sponsor a letter with instructions to download the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) undertaking kit, complete it and submit it to the MIFI with a copy of the letter from the CPC.

For more information on Quebec’s requirements, call the MIFI’s general information line at 514-864-9191 or 1-877-864-9191 or consult their website.


Undertaking length for parents and grandparents sponsorship

Your obligations as a sponsor and as a co-signer, if applicable, begin when your family members included in the sponsorship undertaking become permanent residents of Canada.

When you sponsor a parent or a grandparent, the undertaking is valid for 20 years, and for all people included in the sponsorship undertaking. The undertaking period is 10 years for Quebec.


Income requirement for sponsors of parents and grandparents

You (the sponsor) and your co-signer (if applicable) must meet an income requirement for each of the 3 consecutive taxation years immediately preceding the date of your application, as outlined in the table below. This income requirement applies to residents of all provinces except Quebec. If you live in Quebec, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration will assess your income.

Note: Because the 2020 parents and grandparents program opened later than usual, sponsors will be invited to apply in early 2021. Because of this, we’ll assess sponsors on their income for tax years 2020, 2019 and 2018.

important: We know you may not get your 2020 Notice of Assessment (NOA) until after you apply. So, for the 2020 process, we’ll accept your application if you include your 2019 and 2018 NOAs along with it, and submit your 2020 NOA as soon as it’s available.

We’re also allowing sponsors (and co-signers, if you have one) to count regular Employment Insurance benefits in their income calculations for the 2020 tax year, rather than just special Employment Insurance benefits. Sponsors can also include any Canada Emergency Response Benefits (whether issued under the Employment Issuance Act or the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit Act) and other temporary COVID-19 related benefits to their total income for 2020 as long as they are not part of provincial social assistance programs.

Signing the statement of consent (question 8 on the Financial Evaluation for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship [IMM 5768] (PDF, 1.55 MB)) and providing your social insurance number (SIN) will allow Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to collect your SIN and request your income tax information directly and quickly from the CRA to determine whether you meet the income requirements. If you do not provide your consent, you must complete the Income Sources for the Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents form [IMM 5748] (PDF, 1.76 MB) and submit a paper copy of your notice of assessment issued to you by the CRA (Option C printout) for each of the 3 taxation years immediately preceding the date of your application.

If you do not have paper copies of your notices of assessment or other document issued by the CRA (Option C printout) on file, you can view (and print) your tax returns as well as other personal tax information using the CRA’s My Account online service. To register or login, visit My Account.

important: If completing the IMM 5748 form, and your 2020 NOA is not available when you submit your application, you will be required to submit a new IMM 5748 form with your 2020 NOA information as soon as it becomes available.

If you reside in the province of Quebec, you will not be required to submit an undertaking of assistance for the family members you are sponsoring at this time. You will be contacted when your sponsorship application is assessed. At that time, if you meet federal sponsorship requirements, you will be notified that you must submit an undertaking application to the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) of Quebec so that your income can be assessed.

There is no requirement that you (the sponsor) or your co-signer (if applicable) have been a permanent resident or Canadian citizen for the 3 years immediately preceding your application to sponsor in order to be eligible to sponsor your parents and grandparents; however, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada when you submit the application.


How to calculate the family size and how IRCC will assess this information

You and your co-signer (if you have one) will need to prove that you meet the  income requirements for the 3 tax years before the date you apply.

Financial Evaluation for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship [IMM 5768] is the form that IRCC uses to assess the total number of people you must account for when determining the income that you must have in order to sponsor. IRCC will use the calculation that you enter into Box 7 of IMM 5768 as a starting point when calculating your family size. However, this calculation is not determinative, and IRCC will also confirm the calculation in light of the detailed family information in your application. 

Note that the number you enter into Box 7 only captures your current family size and does not necessarily reflect the size of your family during the 3 tax years before your application date, which is relevant for the calculation of your income requirements. If your family size changed during or since those 3 years, it could affect the amount of income you need for each of the 3 years. IRCC may also calculate a different family size for specific years based on the detailed family information you provide in your sponsorship application.

The steps below help you count your current family size. You will need to enter this calculation into Box 7 of IMM 5768.

This calculation may also help you estimate whether you would meet the income requirements. The steps are based on a simplified calculation that doesn’t address each person’s unique situation. We can only confirm you meet the income requirements when we assess your application.

Follow these 2 steps to calculate the size of your family:

Step 1. How many people are in your family (including how many you sponsored before)?

Include

  • yourself
  • your spouse (even if you’re separated) or common-law partner (who could also be your co-signer)
  • your dependent children 
    • their dependent children, if they have any
  • your spouse’s or partner’s dependent children, and
    • their dependent children, if they have any

Then add

  • any other person you and your co-signer (if you have one) sponsored in the past, whom you’re still financially responsible for (for example, sponsored refugees)

Step 2. How many people do you want to sponsor?

Include

  • the number of parents and grandparents you want to sponsor this year
  • their spouses (even if separated) or common-law partners
  • their dependent children and
    • their dependent children, if they have any

You must include all the above family members, even if they will not come to Canada with your parents or grandparents.

Note: Children who meet the definition of a dependent child must be included in the calculation, even if you, as a sponsor, do not have custody or provide child support.

Add the total number of people covered in steps 1 and 2. This total number represents the size of your family and how many people you will be financially accountable for. Look at the Income requirement table to estimate if you meet the income requirements. Note that your calculations will only be an estimate.

If your family size changes throughout processing

If your family size changes while your application is being processed, the income requirements you need to meet may also change. Let us know if your family size has changed through the Web form.

Note that in a case where the principal applicant passes away while an application is being processed, we’ll still process their spouse and dependants’ applications for permanent residence, should they still wish to become permanent residents. You will need to inform us using the Web form and include a copy of the death certificate, an updated IMM 1344 and an updated IMM 0008.

Income requirement for Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship who apply in 2021

Note: This table applies to all who submit an application on or after January 1, 2021 up to December 31, 2021. Since many sponsors may have been affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reduced the the income requirement for the 2020 tax year. We’ll apply the reduced income requirement when we assess the sponsorship application, and at any point when we have to reassess income from 2020. This does not affect the income requirements for the years before 2020.

The numbers below were updated as of May 13, 2021. This update won’t affect any of the parents and grandparents applications submitted.

Total number of people you must account for Footnote ** Income required for the 3 taxation years right before the date of your application (if you apply in 2021)
2020 2019 2018
2 people $32,270 $41,007 $40,379
3 people $39,672 $50,414 $49,641
4 people $48,167 $61,209 $60,271
5 people $54,630 $69,423 $68,358
6 people $61,613 $78,296 $77,095
7 people $68,598 $87,172 $85,835
If more than 7 people, for each additional person, add $6,985 $8,876 $8,740

Do I (the sponsor) have to continue to meet the income requirements during the processing of the application?

If new information indicates that you may no longer meet the  income requirements, your income may be reassessed at any time during processing. Your income could also be reassessed if more than 12 months have passed between the dates since we received your application and when processing of the application begins..

You and your co-signer, if applicable, must meet the amounts outlined in the Income for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship from the date on which IRCC receives your sponsorship application until the day your family members become permanent residents of Canada.


May I (the sponsor) withdraw my undertaking once it has been approved?

If you no longer want to sponsor your family members or they no longer wish to immigrate to Canada, you must inform the case processing centre (CPC) of your decision to withdraw your undertaking before the sponsored people become permanent residents of Canada. You must use this Web form and clearly state your name, date of birth and unique client identifier (UCI), if known, in all correspondence.

  • If you inform the CPC before the sponsored people become permanent residents of Canada, the CPC will take steps to stop the application process for permanent residence, record the withdrawal of your sponsorship and close your file. You will be informed in writing that your request to withdraw was accepted.
  • If you inform the CPC after your family members become permanent residents of Canada, the commitment you and your co-signer, if applicable, made to support your family is valid for the term of your undertaking.

Once the sponsorship undertaking takes effect on the day the person you are sponsoring becomes a permanent resident of Canada, it remains in effect for the entire 20 years (or 10 years if your undertaking is with Quebec).


Withdrawal of co-signer support

If you change your mind about your support as a co-signer, you must inform the CPC of your decision to withdraw from the undertaking before the people you sponsored become permanent residents of Canada. You must use this Web form and clearly state your name, date of birth and UCI, if known, in all correspondence.

  1. If you inform the CPC before the sponsored people become permanent residents of Canada
    1. the CPC will record the withdrawal of your support. You and the sponsor will be informed in writing that your withdrawal was received.
  2. We will assess the sponsorship application to see if the sponsor has enough money to support the people they are seeking to sponsor without a co-signer.
  3. If the sponsor does not meet the financial requirements on their own, the sponsorship eligibility assessment will be failed.
  4. If you inform the CPC after the sponsored people have been granted permanent residence
    • the commitment you, as a co-signer, and the sponsor signed to support their family is valid for the term of your undertaking

Note: The sponsor will be advised of the final decision on the withdrawal request in all cases.

What happens if I (the sponsor) fail to meet the obligations of my undertaking?

If a family member you sponsored receives financial support from a provincial or municipal social assistance program while the undertaking is still valid, you

  • will be considered to be in default of your obligations,
  • must repay the government concerned any benefits (social assistance) the person(s) you sponsored received, and
  • will not be allowed to sponsor other members of the family class until you have repaid the amount of these payments to the government concerned.

Could this application be refused?

There are many possible reasons why an application may be refused. Some examples are

  • the person you want to sponsor is not a member of the family class
  • you may not meet the financial requirements
  • the person you want to sponsor or their family members may not have provided the required documents, as requested
  • the relationship between you and the person you want to sponsor or their family members is not genuine or has been entered into for immigration purposes only
  • the person you want to sponsor or their family members have a criminal record or serious illness

Suspension of processing

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

  • You have been charged with the commission of an offence that is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 10 years.
  • You are the subject of a report that would render you inadmissible to Canada.
  • You are the subject of an application to revoke your citizenship.
  • You are the subject of a certificate signed by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and the Solicitor General of Canada stating you are inadmissible on grounds of security, human or international rights violation, serious criminality or organized criminality.
  • You are appealing the loss of your permanent resident status.

Before you apply – Information for the principal applicant

Who is the principal applicant?

The principal applicant is the person who is being sponsored to come to Canada and who has been declared as the primary applicant on the Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008].


What does the principal applicant do?

The principal applicant must

  • sign the Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking [IMM 1344]
  • complete and sign the Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008] and include your accompanying and non-accompanying dependants
  • complete the Additional Dependants/Declaration [IMM 0008DEP] if more than 5 accompanying or non-accompanying family members exist
  • complete and sign the Schedule A – Background/Declaration [eIMM 5669] with a handwritten signature
  • complete the Additional Family Information [IMM 5406]
  • if applicable, complete and sign the Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union [IMM 5409]
  • if applicable, complete and sign the Use of a Representative [IMM 5476]

Who should be included in the sponsorship application?

The application should include

  • the principal applicant who is being sponsored as a parent or grandparent
  • the principal applicant’s spouse or common-law partner
  • the principal applicant’s dependent children from current and previous relationships, whether they are coming to Canada or not
  • the dependent children of the principal applicant’s dependent children, if applicable

All the dependent family members, whether accompanying the principal applicant to Canada or not, must be declared on the application and be examined. If family members are not examined, it is not possible to sponsor them at a later date. This includes children in the custody of a former spouse or common-law partner.

In addition, failure to declare dependent family members on the application and have them examined goes against the duty to provide truthful and accurate information, and may cause them to be found inadmissible to Canada.


Family members

Your family members include your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children and any children that are their dependent children.

Spouse

Refers to either of the 2 people (opposite or same gender) in a marriage legally recognized in the country in which it took place, as well as in Canada.

Proxy, telephone, fax, Internet and similar forms of marriage where one or both parties were not physically present are no longer considered as valid spousal relationships under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. For more information, consult the family class program delivery instructions.

Common-law partner

Refers to a person who is living in a conjugal relationship with another person (opposite or same gender) and has done so continuously for a period of at least 1 year. A conjugal relationship exists when there is a significant degree of commitment between 2 people.

This can be shown with evidence that the couple share the same home, support each other financially and emotionally, have children together, or present themselves in public as a couple.

Common-law partners who have been in a conjugal relationship for at least 1 year but are unable to live together or appear in public together because of legal restrictions in their home country or who have been separated for reasons beyond their control (for example, civil war or armed conflict) may still qualify and should be included on the application.

Dependent children

Your child or the child of your spouse or common-law partner can be considered a dependent child if that child meets the requirements below on the day we receive your complete application:

  • they’re under 22 years old
  • they don’t have a spouse or common-law partner

Children 22 years old or older qualify as dependants if they meet both of these requirements:

  • they have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22
  • they are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition

Not sure which type of dependant your child is? Check if your child qualifies as a dependant by answering a few questions.

Dependent child of a dependent child

Refers to children of dependent children of the applicant and those of the spouse or common-law partner, if applicable.


Does the principal applicant need to include a dependent child in the sole custody of a former spouse or partner in their application?

The principal applicant must list a dependent child in the sole custody of a former spouse or partner on the application for permanent residence since all family members, whether accompanying or not, must be declared and examined. If a child is not examined, the principal applicant will not be able to sponsor the child as a member of the family class in the future, regardless of changes to custody or living circumstances. To preserve the right to sponsor that child in the future, the child must be declared on the application and examined.

Biometric (fingerprints and photo) requirements

You and your family members may need to appear in person to have their fingerprints and photograph (biometric information) taken at a biometric collection service point.

Canadian citizens and existing permanent residents of Canada are exempt from giving biometrics.

As of December 3, 2019, you need to give biometrics when you apply from within Canada. You can go to a designated Service Canada location.

Find out if you need to give biometrics.

If you have to give biometrics, you can give them after you:

  • pay for and submit your application and biometric fees, and
  • get a biometric instruction letter (BIL) which will direct you to a list of biometric collection service points you may choose from

You must bring the BIL with you to the biometric collection service point to give your biometrics.

We encourage you to give your biometrics as soon as possible after getting the BIL. We’ll start processing your application after we get your biometrics.

When to give your biometrics

You will need to pay for and then give your biometrics, even if you gave biometrics in the past to support a visitor visa, study or work permit application, or a different permanent resident application.

Where to give your biometrics

You need to book an appointment to give your biometrics at one of these official biometric collection service points.

The application process for the sponsor and principal applicant

The following steps will help you, the sponsor, and the person(s) you wish to sponsor complete your application:

  1. Gather documents
  2. Complete the application
  3. Pay the fees
  4. Check your application to avoid common mistakes
  5. Submit the application

Step 1. Gather documents

What documents are required?

Use the Document Checklist [IMM 5771] (PDF, 4.09 MB) to ensure you submit all the required documentation listed in the checklist.

Incomplete applications will be returned. A complete application must include the forms completed by you, the sponsor, and the forms completed by the principal applicant. All documents required for a complete application must be submitted together in one envelope for each set of parents and grandparents you are sponsoring.

Important: If you can’t provide one or more documents required on the document checklist, you must provide a written explanation for each missing document so your application is not delayed in processing or returned to you as incomplete. You must also provide any other evidence or documents you have available to satisfy the requirement.

It’s helpful to include any proof that you applied to get supporting documents (for example, a marriage certificate payment receipt). The officer processing your application will contact you if they need more information.

Status in Canada document

You must include a copy of the same status in Canada document you submitted with your interest to sponsor form with your application to sponsor your parents and grandparents. Acceptable status in Canada documents include

  • permanent resident card (both sides)
  • Record of Landing (IMM 1000) (only if you didn’t get a permanent resident card)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)
  • Canadian citizenship certificate or card (both sides)
  • Canadian birth certificate
    • If you were born in Quebec, we’ll only accept a birth certificate from the Directeur de l’État civil.
  • Canadian passport (pages showing passport number, date of issue and expiration, photo, name, surname, place and date of birth)
  • secure certificate of Indian status

If you submitted a passport, other than a Canadian passport, with your interest to sponsor form, please submit a copy of the passport you submitted and one of the documents listed above to confirm your status in Canada.

If you are a Canadian citizen and you don’t have your citizenship certificate or card, you can urgently apply for a

  • citizenship certificate, or
  • search of citizenship records

If you can’t get proof of your Canadian citizenship within the 60-day period you have to apply, you can include an explanation letter saying

  • why you don’t have it, and
  • what steps you’ve taken to get it

Translation of documents

You must submit the following for any document that is not in English or French, unless otherwise stated on your document checklist:

  • the English or French translation; and
  • an affidavit from the person who completed the translation (if they’re not a certified translator); and
  • a certified copy of the original document.

small exclamation warning signImportant information: Translations must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by an applicant’s parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin.

If the translation is not done by a certified translator (a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial association 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.

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.

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.


Note: If you have a translation, certification or affidavit that is more than 6 months old, include a letter of explanation to clarify that the information hasn’t changed and your document’s still valid. It’s up to the officer processing your application whether they’ll accept the document. They’ll contact you if they need more information.

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 all of 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
  • their name
  • their official position or title
  • their signature

Who can certify copies?

Only authorized people can certify copies.

Important information: Certifying of copies must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by an applicant’s parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin.

People 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 to learn who has the authority to certify.

Outside Canada:

  • a notary public

Authority to certify international documents varies by country. Check with your local authorities to learn who has the authority to certify in your country.


Step 2. Complete the application

The information that you put on your sponsorship application must match the information on your interest to sponsor form, including the status in Canada document. If we can’t match the information on your application with the information on the interest to sponsor form, we may not accept your sponsorship application and we’ll return it to you. If your name or mailing address has changed since you submitted an interest to sponsor form, include a letter explaining any changes. If you need to make any changes to your information after you submit your application, you can send a request using our Web form.   

Be complete and accurate

Complete all sections. If a section or question on a form does not apply to you, you may leave the section or question blank.  

If you need more space for any section, print out an additional page containing the appropriate section, complete it and submit it along with your application.

Enter names into forms exactly as they appear on the person’s passport. If there are any differences in how a name is displayed on other identification, provide documents to support the difference (for example, a legal proof of name change, if you changed your name) or a letter of explanation (if it’s a discrepancy between legal documents, like a different name on your birth certificate).

  • If you don’t know a family member’s complete date of birth, use “01” in place of the day, month or year you don’t know. Include a letter of explanation saying why you couldn’t include the complete date.
  • 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 blank.
  • If you don’t have a given name on your passport or travel document, leave the given name field blank.

Note: You can’t validate the eIMM 5669 form (Schedule A) with the given name field blank. If you need to leave it blank for one of the reasons above, you can print it without validating it, and include a letter with your application explaining why you had to do this.

  • If the name on your status in Canada document (citizenship certificate, permanent resident card, etc.) is different than on your other supporting documents (like your birth certificate), you should attach a proof of name change and a letter of explanation.

Some forms have a “Validate” button. These include

  • IMM 1344 (Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking)
  • IMM 0008 (Generic Application Form for Canada)
  • eIMM 5669 (Schedule A)

When you click “Validate,” missing information will be highlighted with an error message or a red square around the fields that need to be corrected. You should fill out your forms on a computer and validate them electronically to reduce mistakes and help you submit complete forms.

Important: If you are unable to fill out your forms using a computer or are unable to successfully validate your forms, you must provide a written explanation for why you were unable to do so.

Once validated, the IMM 1344 and IMM 0008 forms will create a barcode page (see image below). The eIMM 5669 (Schedule A) form will not produce a barcode when it is validated.

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

After you validate the form to generate barcodes, print the form. Then, each person the form applies to must sign it with a handwritten signature. We don’t accept unsigned forms.

 

Signatures

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

Note: IRCC will normally accept forms with photocopies of signatures. However, you may be asked to provide the original copy of your forms with an original signature if an IRCC officer determines it is necessary.

  • Remember to check for a signature block on each form and sign when needed. If forms are not signed in the correct places, and by the correct people, we will return your application without processing it.
  • Signatures may be required in more than one place or from more than one person on some forms.
  • Where a date is needed, make sure you fill it in.
  • A parent or legal guardian must sign on behalf of a dependent child under the age of 18 when a signature for this person is required.

The following forms are to be completed, signed and submitted by the sponsor:

If applicable, the sponsor must also complete the following forms:

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

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by

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

Completing the form

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

  1. Download and fill out the application form on a computer. You also have the option of saving your form and completing it later.
  2. Once the application form is completed, click on the Validate button located at the top or bottom of the form.

A barcode page like the one below will be generated:

Sample Barcodes

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

  1. Print all pages of your application form.
  2. Sign with a handwritten signature and date in the spaces provided.

Part 1: Application to Sponsor and Undertaking


Question 1

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

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

Note: Check “Proceed with the application for permanent residence.” if you are submitting an undertaking of assistance to support the permanent residence application of a family member on humanitarian and compassionate considerations.

Question 2

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

Question 3

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

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

Question 4

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

  • family name(s) (surname)
  • given name(s) (first, second or more)
Question 5

Indicate the principal applicant’s date of birth. If the complete date of birth is unknown, use “01” to fill in the spaces for the unknown year, month or day. Include a letter of explanation saying why you couldn’t include the complete date.

Question 6
  1. Indicate the nature of your relationship to the principal applicant:
    • Adoptive Child
    • Common-law partner living in Canada
    • Conjugal partner outside Canada
    • Child
    • Parent
    • Adoptive Parent
    • Guardian
    • Agent
    • Common-law partner living outside Canada
    • Grandparent
    • Orphaned sibling/Nephew/Niece/Grandchild
    • Other Relative
    • Spouse living in Canada
    • Spouse living outside Canada
  2. If you chose Other Relative, provide details (brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, etc.).
  3. If you are a conjugal partner, provide the date you entered into that conjugal relationship.
Sponsor Personal Details
Question 1

Full name

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

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

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

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

Question 2

Nickname/Alias

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

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

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

Question 3

Indicate your gender (F – Female, M – Male or X – Another gender).

Question 4

Indicate your date of birth. If your complete date of birth is unknown, use “01” to fill in the spaces for the unknown year, month or day. Include a letter of explanation saying why you couldn’t include the complete date.

Question 5

Indicate your city or town of birth.

Indicate your country of birth.

Question 6

Indicate your status in Canada:

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

If you are a permanent resident or a naturalized Canadian citizen (that is, you came to Canada as a permanent resident and were later granted Canadian citizenship),

  • Provide the date on which you obtained this status (the most recent date)
  • Provide your unique client identifier (UCI), also known as your client ID number
  • Check the box to indicate if your actual full name is the same as when you became a permanent resident. If you checked “No,” provide your full name (family name(s) and given name(s)) at the time you became permanent resident.
Question 8
  1. Indicate your current marital status:
Annulled Marriage
This is a marriage that is legally declared invalid. An annulment can also be a declaration by the Catholic Church that the marital union did not have a binding force.
Common-Law
This means that you have lived continuously with your partner in a marital-type relationship for a minimum of 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.

  1. Enter the date (year, month, day) you were married or you entered into your current common-law relationship.

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

  2. Write the family name(s) and given name(s) of your current spouse or common-law partner.
Question 9

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

  • Family name(s)
  • Given name(s)
  • Date of birth
  • Type of relationship: common-law or married
  • Dates (From – To) between which you were in the relationship with your previous spouse or common-law partner

Sponsor Contact Information
Question 1

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

  • Post office box (P.O. box) number, if applicable. If you do not indicate a post office box, the street number must be provided
  • Apartment (Apt.) or Unit, if applicable
  • Street number (no.), if applicable. This must be provided if you did not indicate 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 or zip code
  • District, if applicable

Note: All correspondence will go to this address unless you indicate your email 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.)
  • Street name
  • City or Town
  • Country
  • Province or State
  • Postal code or zip code
  • District, if applicable
Question 3

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

Indicate the type of telephone:

  1. Residence (home)
  2. Cellular (cell/mobile)
  3. Business (work)

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

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

Question 4

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

Indicate the type of telephone:

  1. Residence (home)
  2. Cellular (cell/mobile)
  3. Business (work)

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

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

Question 5

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

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

Question 6

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

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

Note: Sponsor Residency Declaration

You must be living in Canada in order to submit a sponsorship application for your parents and grandparents.

Sponsor Eligibility Assessment
Questions 1–18

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

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

  1. If you answer “No” to questions 1 to 3, and you are sponsoring a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner
    • You are not eligible to be a sponsor. You should not submit an application.
  2. If you answer “No” to question 4, but are a Canadian citizen living exclusively outside Canada, you are not eligible to sponsor your parents and grandparents.
  3. If you answer “Yes” to any question between 5 and 15, and you are sponsoring a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner
    • You are not eligible to be a sponsor. You should not submit an application.
  4. 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 Personal Details
The questions under “Co-Signer Personal Details” are the same as in “Sponsor Personal Details,” except for question 8.

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

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

Co-Signer Contact Information
Question 1

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

Indicate the type of telephone:

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

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

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

Question 2

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

Indicate the type of telephone:

  1. Residence (home)
  2. Cellular (cell/mobile)
  3. Business (work)

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

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

Question 3

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

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

Question 4

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

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

Co-Signer Eligibility Assessment
Questions 1–15

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

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

  • If you answer “No” to questions 1 or 2
    • Then you are not eligible to be a sponsor. You should not submit an application.
  • If you answer “Yes” to any question between 4 and 12
    • Then you are not eligible to be a co-signer. You should not co-sign this application.
  • If you answer “Yes” to any questions between 13 and 15
    • provide the details including date and place, and
    • read the section “Suspension of processing” for situations where processing may be suspended.

Undertaking by Sponsor and Co-Signer, if applicable

This section outlines what roles and responsibilities you are agreeing to by submitting this application.


Part 2: Sponsorship Agreement

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

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

Declaration

Read the declaration statement carefully before signing.

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

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

By signing this form, you also declare that you will immediately notify us in writing of any change of address or if any other information changes in your application.

Signatures

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

The spouse or common-law partner (if co-signing) must also sign and date the application with a handwritten signature or it will be returned.

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


Financial Evaluation for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship (IMM 5768)

Who completes this form?

The Financial Evaluation for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship (IMM 5768) form will help you, the sponsor, assess if you (and your spouse or common-law partner, if they are co-signing) will have the ability to support the person you are planning to sponsor and their family members.

Note: Quebec residents do not need to complete this form.


When must a financial evaluation be submitted?

You must submit this financial evaluation when you are sponsoring

  • parents,
  • grandparents, and
  • their dependent children, if applicable.

About you and, if applicable, your co-signer

Question 1

A) Is your spouse or common-law partner co-signing the undertaking?
Check “Yes” or “No.”

If you check “Yes,” provide the following details about your co-signer:

  • Family name (surname)
  • Given name(s) (first, second or more)
  • Date of birth (year, month, day)

B) Your full name

Indicate your

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

Your family members and people included in undertakings in effect or not yet in effect signed by you and, if applicable, your co-signer

Question 2

You must include yourself as part of your family.

Question 3

A) Current undertaking

Provide the number of people included in your current undertaking.

B) Previous undertakings

You must indicate the following:

  1. number of people included in previous undertakings that you signed as a sponsor and that are still in effect
  2. number of people included in previous undertakings that you signed as a sponsor and that are not yet in effect
  3. number of people included in previous undertakings that you co-signed and that are still in effect
  4. number of people included in previous undertakings that you co-signed and that are not yet in effect

Note: For any of these questions, provide details on page 2 of 4, if required.

If you and your spouse will be co-signing each other’s applications to sponsor parents or grandparents, you should both list each other’s parents under option number 4.

Question 4

Complete this section only if your spouse or common-law partner is co-signing the undertaking.

You must indicate the following:

  1. number of people included in previous undertakings that your spouse or common-law partner signed as a sponsor and that are still in effect. Do not include people accounted for in questions 2 and 3.B)iii).
  2. number of people included in previous undertakings that your spouse or common-law partner signed as a sponsor and that are not yet in effect. Do not include people accounted for in 3.B)iv).
  3. number of people included in previous undertakings that your spouse or common-law partner co-signed and that are still in effect. Do not include people accounted for in 3.B)i).
  4. number of people included in previous undertakings that your spouse or common-law partner co-signed and that are not yet in effect. Do not include people accounted for in 3.B)ii).

Note: For any of these questions, provide details on page 2 of 4, if required.

Question 5

You must add your spouse or common-law partner if they are not included in question 3.

Note: Provide details on page 2 of 4.

Question 6

Indicate every other family member not included and dependent on you financially, whether they are living with you or not. Enter the number in the box.

Note: Provide details on page 2 of 4.

Financial requirement

Question 7

The form will calculate the total number of people you entered in boxes 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Note: Consult the Income for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Table, which shows the income requirements you must have to sponsor your family.

Financial Evaluation for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship [IMM 5768] (PDF, 1.74 MB) is the form that IRCC uses to assess the total number of people you must account for when determining the income that you must have in order to sponsor. IRCC will use the calculation that you enter into Box 7 of IMM 5768 as a starting point when calculating your family size.

However, this calculation is not determinative, and IRCC will also confirm the calculation in light of the detailed family information in your application. Note that the number you enter into Box 7 only captures your current family size, and does not necessarily reflect the size of your family during the 3 tax years before your application date, which is relevant for the calculation of your income requirements. If your family size changed during or since those 3 years, it could affect the amount of income you need for each of the 3 years. IRCC may also calculate a different family size for specific years based on the detailed family information you provide in your sponsorship application.

Question 8

If you check “Yes,” write your social insurance number (SIN), sign and date the statement to give IRCC consent to collect your SIN to ask for your income tax information from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the 3 years immediately before the date of the application. Your tax information will be used to determine if you meet the income requirements %) to sponsor a parent or grandparent.

If you check “No,” you must also complete the appropriate form, Income Sources for the Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents (IMM 5748) (PDF, 1.76 MB) and provide the supporting documents in Part B of the Document Checklist.

Even if you check “No,” you should still sign and date below this question.

important: If completing the IMM 5748 form, and your 2020 NOA is not available when you submit your application, you will be required to submit a new IMM 5748 form with your 2020 NOA information as soon as it becomes available.

Question 9

Provide details on your family members and people included in undertakings in effect or not yet in effect signed by you and, if applicable, your co-signer.

Question 10

Complete this section only if your spouse or common-law partner is co-signing the undertaking.

Question 11

Provide details on your spouse or common-law partner, if they are not co-signing the undertaking.

Question 12

Provide details on every other family member not listed above and dependent on you financially, whether they are living with you or not.

Question 13

Your current situation

Check the appropriate box to indicate if you are

  • Unemployed
  • Employed
  • Self-employed

If you are unemployed, provide details in the space provided.

Question 14

Provide your employment history, including periods of unemployment, for the last three consecutive taxation years preceding your application. Make sure that you do not leave any gaps in time. If you have additional employment history from the end of the last taxation year up until the present, include that as well. Record your total gross income for each period of employment.

Question 15

Your spouse’s or common-law partner’s current situation. Check the appropriate box to indicate if your spouse or common-law partner is

  • Unemployed
  • Employed
  • Self-employed

If your spouse or common-law partner is unemployed, provide details in the space provided.

Question 16

The co-signer must check “Yes,” write their SIN, sign and date the statement if they give us consent to collect their SIN to ask for their income tax information from the CRA for the 3 years immediately before the date of the application. Your co-signer’s tax information will be used to determine if you meet the income requirements to sponsor a parent or grandparent.

If your co-signer does not give us consent to collect their SIN, they must check “No” and complete the appropriate form, Income Sources for the Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents (IMM 5748), and provide the supporting documents listed in Part B of the Document Checklist.

Even if you check “No,” your co-signer should still sign and date below this question.

important: If completing the IMM 5748 form, and your 2020 NOA is not available when you submit your application, you will be required to submit a new IMM 5748 form with your 2020 NOA information as soon as it becomes available.

Question 17

Provide your co-signer’s employment history, including periods of unemployment, for the last three consecutive taxation years preceding your application.

Note: Make sure that you do not leave any gaps in time.

Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM 5409)

Who must complete this form?

This form must be completed and signed by the sponsor and common-law partner, only if the latter is a co-signer on the application

Question 1

Write the following information in the space provided:

  • Country of current residence
  • Province/state/territory of current residence
  • Name of the declarant
  • Name of the declarant’s partner
  • Name of city, town, village
  • Name of county (if applicable)
  • Name of province/state/territory
  • Name of the country
  • Number of continuous year(s) in a conjugal relationship
  • Date of the relationship (from-to)
Question 1A

Check the box to indicate if you have jointly signed a residential lease, mortgage or purchase agreement relating to a residence in which you both live.

Question 1B

Check the box to indicate if you jointly own property other than your residence.

Question 1C

Check the box to indicate if you have a joint bank, trust credit union or charge card accounts.

Question 1D

Check the box to indicate if you have declared your common-law union under the Canadian Income Tax Act (T-1 “General individual income Tax Return”)

Question 2

Check the box to indicate if you have life insurance on yourself which names your common-law partner as a beneficiary.

Question 3

Check the box to indicate if your common-law partner has life insurance on themselves which names you as a beneficiary.

Question 4

If you answered “no” to questions 1 to 3, indicate other documentary evidence you have that would indicate your relationship as common-law partners

Question 5

SOLEMN DECLARATION
Write the following information in the space provided:

  • Name of the declarant
  • Name of the declarant’s partner
  • Name of the city, town, village
  • Name of the county
  • Name of the province/state/territory
  • Name of the country
  • Date (day, month, year)
  • Signature of the declarant
  • Signature of the declarant’s partner
  • Name of the person who administered the declaration
  • Select the person’s title from the choices provided
  • Signature of the person who administered the declaration

Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • you, the principal applicant

Completing the form

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

Download and fill out the application form on a computer. The Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008] must be validated with 2D barcodes.

Make sure that

  • you properly validate your answers when filling out this form
  • the 2D barcodes are properly generated

If the 2D barcodes are missing or can’t be machine read for any reason, the application will be returned to you without being processed.

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.

Read and follow the steps below to help you fill out the form.


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:
    • Agri-Food Pilot
    • Atlantic High Skilled Program
    • Atlantic International Graduate Program
    • Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program
    • Home Child Care Provider Pilot
    • Home Support Worker Pilot
    • Rural and Northern Immigration Program
    • Federal Skilled Worker
    • Federal 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)
    • Start-up Business
    • Caregivers Program (select for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers)
    • High Medical Needs Program
    • Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program
    • TR to PR pathway
  • 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
    • Temporary Public Policy for Out-of-Status Construction Workers in the Greater Toronto Area
Question 3

Enter 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: Enter 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 your native language is not in this list, select “other”
  3. interpreter requested: you must select “yes” if you do not select English or French for the interview
Question 5

Where do you plan on living in Canada?

From the list select the:

  1. Province/Territory
  2. City/Town
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 Sélection du Québec (CSQ)?

  1. Select the corresponding box
  2. If you selected “Yes”, enter the CSQ number
  3. If you selected “No”, enter 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, select “no” for Question 6 a) and leave 6 c) blank.


Principal Applicant’s Personal Details

The principal applicant must answer the following questions.

Question 1

Enter your full family name (surname or last name) as shown on your passport, travel document 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).

Enter all of your given name(s) (first, second or more) as shown on your passport, travel document or identity document. Do not use initials.

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 blank.

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

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, enter “Child” or leave the given name field blank.

Question 2

Nickname/Alias

Select the box to tell us if you have ever used any other names than those indicated in question 1. This could be your birth name, maiden name, married name, nickname, etc. If “Yes,” enter your nickname/alias in the family name(s) and given name(s) fields.

Question 3

If you know your unique client identifier (UCI) number or client identification number (client ID), enter it here without any spaces. If you applied for temporary or permanent residence in the past, this is an 8 or 10 digit number you can find on previous documents sent by us. If this is your first application with us, or if you do not know your UCI, leave this space blank.

Question 4

From the list, select your gender (F – Female, M – Male or X – Another gender).

Note: If you choose the X gender identifier and you currently have or have had a Canadian temporary resident document (visa, electronic travel authorization, work permit or study permit) with a gender identifier other than X, you need to complete the Request form for a Change of Sex or Gender Identifier [IRM 0002] (PDF, 1.79 MB) form and send it with your application.

If you’ve never had a Canadian temporary resident document and your foreign travel document or passport does not contain the X gender identifier (or an equivalent non-binary option), you also need to complete the Request form for a Change of Sex or Gender Identifier [IRM 0002] (PDF, 1.79 MB) form and send it with your application.

No supporting documents are required.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select U – Unknown.

Question 5

Enter your height in either centimetres or feet and inches.

Question 6

From the list, select your eye colour.

Note: If you are a parent of a child to be adopted in Canada who is not yet identified, select “Other.”

Question 7

Enter your date of birth. If you do not know your complete date of birth, use “01” to fill in the spaces for the unknown year, month or day. Include a letter of explanation saying why you couldn’t include the complete date.

Question 8

Enter your place of birth, including the city or town and country of birth, as shown in your passport or your travel document.

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 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.
  • Fill in the dates (From – To) you have been living in your current country of residence.

For out-of-status applicants

  • for “Status,” select “Other”
  • for “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.

Enter the place you last entered Canada (for example, Toronto airport, Lacolle border crossing, seaport Yarmouth).

Question 12

Previous countries of residence

Select the box to tell us if you have lived in any country other than your country of citizenship or your current country of residence for more than 6 months in the past 5 years.

If you checked “Yes,” for each country

  • select the name of the country you lived in
  • select 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
  • fill in 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 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. Enter 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

Select the box to tell us if you have been married or in a common-law relationship. If you checked “Yes,” give the following details for your previous spouse or 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

Enter 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 enter a post office box, you must provide the street number
  • Apartment (Apt.) or Unit, if applicable
  • Street number (no.), if applicable. It is the number on your house or apartment building. You must provide a street number if you did not enter 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 or zip code
  • District, if applicable

Note: All correspondence will go to this address unless you indicate your email 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 guide.

Question 2

Select the box to tell us if your residential address (where you live) is the same as your mailing address. If “No,” enter 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 or zip code
  • District, if applicable
Question 3

Enter 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.”

Select the box to tell us if your telephone number is from Canada or the US or Other (any other country).

From the list, select the type of telephone:

  • Residence (home)
  • Cellular (cell/mobile)
  • Business (work)
Question 4

If you have a second telephone number, enter it here, including the country code, area/regional codes, etc.

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

Providing an alternate telephone number will help make sure we can contact you with information about your application.

Select the box to tell us if your second telephone number is from Canada or the US or Other (any other country).

From the list, select the type of telephone:

  • Residence (home)
  • Cellular (cell/mobile)
  • Business (work)
Question 5

If you have a fax number, enter it here, including country code, area/regional codes, etc.

Select the box to tell us if the facsimile (fax) number is from Canada or the US or Other (any other country).

Question 6

If you have an email address, enter it here (for example, name@provider.net).

Note: By indicating your email address, you are hereby authorizing IRCC to transmit your file and personal information to this specific email.


Passport

Question 1

Select the box to tell us if you have a valid passport or travel document. If you don’t have one or can’t obtain one, you must select the “No” box.

Question 2

If you select “Yes,” provide your passport or travel document number exactly as shown on the document. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 3

From the list, select the name of the country or territory that issued your passport or travel document.

Question 4

Enter the date your passport or travel document was issued.

Question 5

Enter the date your passport or travel document will expire.

Question 6

For this trip, select Yes or No to tell us if you are using a passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that shows your personal identification number.

Question 7

For this trip, select Yes or No to tell us if you are using a National Israeli passport.


National Identity Document

Question 1

Select the box to tell us if you have a valid national identity document.

Question 2

If you selected “Yes,” provide your national identity document number exactly as shown on the identity document. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 3

From the list, select the name of the country or territory that issued your national identity document.

Question 4

Enter the date your national identity document was issued.

Question 5

Enter the date your national identity document will expire.


Education/Occupation Detail

Question 1

From the list, select your highest level of education.

  1. None: No education
  2. Secondary or less: High school diploma obtained after elementary school and before college, university, or other formal training.
  3. Trade/Apprenticeship Certificate/Diploma: Diploma completed in a specific trade, such as carpentry or auto mechanics.
  4. 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).
  5. Post-Secondary – No Degree: Post-secondary studies at a college or university but no degree earned.
  6. Bachelor’s Degree: Academic degree awarded by a college or university to those who have completed an undergraduate curriculum; also called a baccalaureate. Examples include a Bachelor of Arts, Science or Education.
  7. Post Graduate – No Degree: Post-graduate studies at a college or university but no degree earned (Master or PhD).
  8. 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.
  9. Doctorate – PhD: Highest university degree, usually based on at least 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

Enter the total number of years of formal education that you have completed, including elementary and secondary school.

Question 3

Enter 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

Enter 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

This question is not for selection purposes. One of Canada’s immigration objectives is to support and assist the development of minority language communities in Canada.

  1. From the list, select your first (native) language. This is the language that you learned at home during your childhood and that you still understand. If your native language is not in this list, select “Other.”

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.

  1. From the list, select whether you are able to communicate in English and/or French:
    • English
    • French
    • Both
    • Neither
  2. If you selected “Both,” choose whether you are most at ease in English or French.
  3. Select “Yes” or “No” to tell us whether you have taken a test from a designated testing agency to assess your proficiency in English or French.

Dependant(s)

You must answer each question on behalf of each of your dependants.

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.

You can add up to 5 dependants using this form.

If you have more than 5 dependants:

To include everyone in your application, you must complete the following form for each additional family member:

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 these family members are not listed on your application, you will not be able to sponsor them at a later date.


Dependant’s Personal Details

Questions 1–9

Questions 1 to 9 are the same questions you answered for yourself. See 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 select “Other.”
Question 11
  1. Select the box to tell us if your dependant will accompany you to Canada.
  2. If you answered “No,” explain why your dependant is non-accompanying.
Question 12

From the list, select the type of dependant:

Type A
The dependant is under the age of 22 and single (not married and not in a common-law relationship).
Type B (Important: This dependant type applies only if your child’s age was locked in before August 1, 2014)
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 since 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 themselves because of a medical condition.

Not sure which type of dependant your child is? Check if your child qualifies as a dependant by answering a few questions.

Question 13

Current country of residence

  • From the list, select 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.

  • Indicate one of the following as your dependant’s immigration status 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.
  • Fill in the dates (From – To) your dependant has been living in their current country of residence.

For out-of-status applicants

  • for “Status,” select “Other”
  • for “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.

Tell us the place they last entered Canada (for example, Toronto airport, Lacolle border crossing, seaport Yarmouth).

Question 15

Previous countries of residence

Select the box to tell us if your dependant has lived in any country other than their country of citizenship or their current country of residence for more than 6 months in the past 5 years.

If you checked “Yes,”

  • select the name of the country your dependant lived in from the list
  • select 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
  • fill in the dates (From – To) your dependant was living in that country
Question 16
  1. From the list, select 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. Tell us the family name(s) and given name(s) of your dependant’s current spouse or common-law partner.
Question 17

Select the box to tell us if your dependant has previously been married or in a common-law relationship. If you selected “Yes,” give the following details for your dependant’s previous spouse or common-law partner:

  • Family name(s)
  • Given name(s)
  • Type of relationship:
    • Common-law or
    • Married
  • Dates (From – To) your dependant was in the relationship with their previous spouse or common-law partner

Passport

Question 1

Select the box to tell us if your dependant has a valid passport or travel document. If they don’t have one or can’t obtain one, you must select the “No” box.

Question 2

If you selected “Yes,” provide their passport or travel document number exactly as shown on the document. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 3

From the list, select the name of the country or territory that issued their passport or travel document.

Question 4

Enter the date their passport or travel document was issued.

Question 5

Enter the date their passport or travel document will expire.

Question 6

For this trip, select Yes or No to tell us if they’re using a passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that shows their personal identification number.

Question 7

For this trip, select Yes or No to tell us if they’re using a National Israeli passport.


National Identity Document

Question 1

Select the box to tell us if your dependant has a valid national identity document.

Question 2

If you selected “Yes,” provide their national identity document number exactly as shown on the document. Make sure there is no space between each number or letter.

Question 3

From the list, select the name of the country or territory that issued their national identity document.

Question 4

Enter the date their national identity document was issued.

Question 5

Enter the date their national identity document will expire.


Education/Occupation Detail

Question 1

From the list, select your dependant’s highest level 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 have 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 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

Tell us the total number of years of formal education that they have completed, including elementary and secondary school.

Question 3

Tell us their current occupation.

Question 4

Tell us their intended occupation in Canada.


Language Detail

Question 1

This question is not for selection purposes. One of Canada’s immigration objectives is to support and assist the development of minority language communities in Canada.

  1. From the list, select your dependant’s first (native) language. This is the language that they learned at home during their childhood and they still understand. If their native language does not appear in this list, select “Other.”

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.

  1. From the list, select if they are able to communicate in English and/or French:
    • English
    • French
    • Both
    • Neither
  2. If you selected “Both,” choose whether they are most at ease in English or French.
  3. Select “Yes” or “No” to tell us whether they have taken a test from a designated testing agency to assess their proficiency in English or French.

Consent and Declaration of Applicant

  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

    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, with a handwritten signature, 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 (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 as the ones that you answered for yourself and other dependants on the IMM 0008 form.

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. select the box to tell us 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 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 (eIMM 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 to submit a form that is complete.

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

  • you, the principal applicant;
  • your spouse or common-law partner (whether accompanying you to Canada or not); and
  • your dependent children aged 18 years or older (whether accompanying you to Canada or not).

For refugee claimants in Canada: Only family members included in your application for refugee protection who are with you in Canada must complete this form.

Question 1

If you have a unique client identifier (UCI) number, write it here. If this is your first time dealing with IRCC, you will not have a UCI.

Question 2

This question only applies to applicants who have already submitted their application and were asked by an officer to complete this form. If this applies to you, write your application number here.

Personal details

Note: If you don’t know the complete date of birth or if the date is in the 1800s, please use “01” to fill in the spaces for the unknown day, month or year. If the date is in the 1800s, you can put “1900.” You can then validate the form and include a letter of explanation saying why you filled it out like this.

Question 1

Indicate your full family name (surname or last name) as it appears on your passport, travel document or identity document.

Indicate all of your given name(s) (first, second or more) as they appear on your passport, travel document or identity document. Do not use initials.

Question 2

Indicate your date of birth.

Question 3

Provide your father’s personal details, including their

  • 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 their

  • 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 in this section by checking the appropriate box.

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, you must write an explanation of what happened in the space provided. If you need more space, attach a separate sheet of paper.

Question 5

Education history

Indicate the number of years of formal education that you have completed at each of the levels indicated.

Provide 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
  • field of study

If no diploma was issued, leave the field blank. If you need more space, attach a separate sheet of paper.

Question 6

Note: Please make sure you do not leave any gaps in time.

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

Provide the details of your personal history since the age of 18, or the past 10 years, whichever is most recent.

Start with the most recent information. Under “Job/Activity Title, Position,” write your occupation or job title if you were working. If you were not working, provide information on what you were doing (for example, unemployed, studying, travelling, retired, in detention). If you were outside your country of nationality, indicate your status in that country.

See an 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 2018-01 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

Exception: If you have not worked in the past 10 years (for example, you’re retired), you must provide details of your personal history since the age of 18. The resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) that you provide with your application will help verify the information in this question.

Question 7

If you answered “Yes,” indicate the names of all organizations you are or were a member or associate of, including

  • political organizations
  • social organizations
  • youth or student organizations
  • trade unions
  • professional associations

Note: Do not 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

Include

  • the name of the country and the level of jurisdiction (for example, national, regional or municipal)
  • the name of the department or the branch you worked for
  • the activities that you carried out or the positions that you held

Note: Do not use abbreviations.

Question 9

Note: Please make sure you do not leave any gaps in time.

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

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.

Question 10

Indicate the residential addresses where you have lived since your 18th birthday or the past 10 years, whichever is most recent, complete with the postal code. Do not use P.O. box addresses.

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 information
Declaration of applicant

Read all of the statements in all sections carefully.

  • 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, type your name in the signature box, validate the form and print out the form. You must then sign your name with a handwritten signature beside your typed signature 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 with a handwritten signature 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.

Submitting your application by 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)

This form must be completed by:

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

Section A

Write the personal details for:

  • yourself,
    • If you are married and you were physically present at the marriage, indicate “married – physically present” in the marital status box
    • If you are married and you were not physically present at the marriage, indicate “married – not physically present” in the marital status box
  • your spouse or common-law partner, (if applicable)
    • If you are married and your spouse was physically present at the marriage, indicate “married – physically present” in the marital status box
    • If you are married and your spouse was not physically present at the marriage, indicate “married – not physically present” in the marital status box
  • your mother, and
  • your father.

Section B

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

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

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

Section C

Write personal details about your:

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

Section D

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

Use of a Representative (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 are required to complete their own copy of this form if a representative is also conducting business on their behalf.

Who is a representative?

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

You are not obliged to hire a representative. We treat everyone equally, whether they use the service of a representative or not.

When you appoint a representative:

  • you also authorize IRCC and CBSA to share information from your case file with this person in place of you. Please note the representative will receive all correspondence from IRCC or the CBSA, not the applicant;
  • your application will not be given special attention nor can you expect faster processing or a more favourable outcome;
  • the representative is authorized to represent you only on citizenship or immigration matters related to the application you submit with this form; and
  • you can appoint only one (1) representative for each application you submit.

Important information: You must notify IRCC if your representative’s contact information changes, or if you change your representative, or cancel the appointment of your representative. For more information on updating IRCC with your representative’s information, please see below section - Notify IRCC about any changes.

There are two (2) types of representatives.

Uncompensated Representatives:

Uncompensated representatives do not charge fees or receive any other form of consideration or compensation for providing advice or services to represent you before IRCC or the CBSA.

Uncompensated representatives include:

  • Friends, family members or other third parties who do not, and will not, charge a fee or receive any other consideration for their advice and services;
  • consultants, lawyers and Quebec notaries, and students-at-law under their supervision, who do not, and will not, charge a fee or receive any other consideration to represent you.

Note: You do not have to pay someone for them to be your representative. IRCC will conduct business with an uncompensated representative if an applicant appoints them on their behalf.

Compensated representatives:

Compensated representatives charge a fee or receive some other form of consideration in exchange for the representation that they provide.

It is important to know that anyone who represents or advises you for payment - or offers to do so - in connection with IRCC proceedings or applications is breaking the law unless they are an authorized representative or they have a specific agreement or arrangement with the Government of Canada that allows them to represent or advise you. This applies to advice or consultation which happens before or after a citizenship or an immigration application is made or a proceeding begins.

IRCC will only conduct business with compensated representatives who are in good standing with their designated regulatory body. For more information see - Find out if your representative is authorized.

Note: If a representative is being paid or compensated by someone other than you, the representative is still considered to be a compensated representative.

Authorized representatives are:

  • consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC);
  • lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society and students-at-law under their supervision;
  • notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec and students-at-law under their supervision.

If you appoint a compensated representative who is not a member in good standing of one of these designated bodies, your application will be returned. Learn about using a representative.

General Application Information

Appoint a representative
  • Check box to indicate if you are appointing a representative to represent you with your application process. Complete sections A, B and D.
Cancel a representative
  • Check box to indicate if you are canceling a representative. Complete sections A, C and D; and
  • Check both boxes and complete all sections if you are cancelling a representative and appointing a new one at the same time.

Section A – Applicant Information

Question 1

Write your last name (surname or family name) and given name(s).

Question 2

Write your date of birth.

Question 3
If you have already submitted your application, write:
  • the name of the office where the application was submitted; and
  • the type of application you have submitted.
Question 4

Write your IRCC’s Identification (ID) or Unique Client Identifier (UCI) number (if known). If you have not dealt with IRCC since 1973, you will not have a UCI or a Client ID.

Section B – Appointment of Representative

Question 5

Write your representative’s full name.

If your representative is a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), a law society or the Chambre des notaires du Québec, print their name as it appears on the organization’s membership list.

Question 6

Check one box to indicate if your representative is uncompensated or compensated.

If your representative is compensated, write the membership ID number of:
Question 7

Write your representative’s contact information.

If you are appointing a student-at-law to represent you, include their supervising lawyer’s information including their membership ID.

Note: By indicating your representative’s e-mail address, you are hereby authorizing IRCC to transmit your file and personal information to this specific e-mail address.

Question 8

To accept responsibility for conducting business on your behalf, your representative must:

  • sign the declaration; and
  • date the declaration.

Section C – Cancel the Appointment of a Representative

Question 9

Fill in this section if you wish to cancel the appointment of a representative. Write the representative’s full name.

Complete all sections of the form if you wish to both cancel a representative and appoint a new one.

Section D – Your Declaration

Question 10

By signing, you authorize IRCC to complete your request for yourself and your dependent children under 18 years of age.

For sponsorship application, your spouse or common-law partner does not have to complete a separate request. If your spouse or common-law partner is included in this request, they must sign in the box provided.

Release of information to other individuals

To authorize IRCC to release information from your case file to someone other than a representative, you will need to complete the form Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual [IMM 5475] (PDF, 1.52 MB).

The person you designate under that form (IMM 5475) will be able to obtain information on your case file, such as the status of your application. However, they will not be able to conduct business on your behalf with IRCC.

Where to submit the form

Immigration and citizenship applicants
If you have not yet submitted your immigration or citizenship application:

Send this form along with your application to the office listed in the guide of your application.

If you have already submitted your immigration or citizenship application:

You may use this Web form to upload the IMM 5476.

or;

If you know which IRCC office is processing your immigration or citizenship application, send the completed form to the office mailing address. Consult IRCC office mailing addresses.

Notify IRCC about any changes

You must let IRCC know if any information changes regarding the person you authorized to represent you on your application.


Police certificates

Police certificates for parents and grandparents applications are not required at the time you submit your complete application. Police certificates will be requested by the processing office for the person being sponsored and all family members 18 or older (who are not already Canadian citizens or permanent residents) later in the application process.

You don’t need police certificates when you submit your complete application. We ask you for police certificates for the person being sponsored and all family members 18 or older (who aren’t already Canadian citizens or permanent residents) later in the application process.

Police certificates are generally valid for 1 year from the date they’re issued. Depending on processing times, we may ask you for new certificates.

See how to get a police certificate for up-to-date information about obtaining a police certificate from any country.


Step 3. Pay the fees

Fees

Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid (all fees are in Canadian dollars). Processing fees must be included with this application.

You only need to pay fees for people you are sponsoring to come to Canada. You don’t need to pay fees for people who are included on the application but aren’t coming with the people you’re sponsoring.

We recommend you pay the right of permanent residence fee ($500) now to avoid delays. You will have to pay it before you become a permanent resident.

Your fees

Fees $CAN

Sponsor your parent or grandparent

Sponsorship fee ($75), principal applicant processing fee ($475) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)

1,050

Sponsor your parent or grandparent (without the right of permanent residence fee)

Sponsorship fee ($75) and principal applicant processing fee ($475)

550

Include the spouse or partner of your parent or grandparent

Processing fee ($550) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)

1,050

Include the spouse or partner of your parent or grandparent (without the right of permanent residence fee)

Processing fee ($550)

550
Include a dependent child of your parent or grandparent 150(per child)
Biometrics fees $CAN
Biometrics (per person) 85
Biometrics (per family) (2 or more people)

Maximum fee for a family of 2 or more people applying at the same time and place

170

Payment Issues

No fee included or Insufficient Fees

If you do not pay the full fees for your application(s) we will return your application(s). We will only start processing your application after you return it with the correct fees.

blue question mark For immigration applications, see section 10 of the IRPR and for citizenship applications, see section 13 of the Citizenship Act for more information.


Overpayment

If you pay more than the fees needed for your application(s) we will start processing your application, and send you a refund as soon as possible.

Note: You don’t have to ask for a refund. It will be done automatically.

Note: If you’re eligible for a refund, we will issue the refund to the person indicated on the Payer Information section of the receipt (paper applications). If there is no name indicated on the receipt, we will send the refund to the applicant.


Step 4. Check your application to avoid common mistakes

If your parents or grandparents have dependent children

  • If your application includes a dependent child (under the age of 18) and one parent is not immigrating to Canada, the parent or guardian not coming to Canada must submit a signed copy of the Declaration from Non-Accompanying Parent/Guardian for Minors Immigrating to Canada (IMM 5604). You must include a piece of photo identification from the parent/guardian who is not accompanying the minor to Canada. If having this form signed by the other parent is impossible (for example, their whereabouts are unknown), you must include a letter of explanation with the application. An officer will review this explanation and advise you of any next steps.

IMM 5476

  • If using a representative, this form must be provided by both the sponsor and the principal applicant. For sponsorship applications, you must complete and provide separate forms for the sponsor and principal applicant.

IMM 0008

  • For sponsorship applications, the principal applicant’s spouse or common-law partner must be included on the IMM 0008 form, whether they’ll immigrate to Canada or not.

Marriage certificates

  • If you have a co-signer and they are your spouse, make sure you include a copy of your valid marriage certificate with your application. The document(s) you submit must show that the marriage was legally registered with the government where it took place.
    • Note: A record of solemnization is not acceptable for marriages that were legally registered in Canada or the United States of America.
  • If you are only sponsoring one parent or grandparent because the other is deceased, you don’t need to include a marriage certificate. You should include a letter explaining the situation, as well as the deceased parent’s death certificate.
  • If your parents don’t have a marriage certificate, include a detailed explanation as to why you can’t provide one.
  • If your parents are divorced, you can include a notarized divorce certificate to prove your parent is not a dependant of your other parent.

Passports

  • Copies of passports for people being sponsored should include all the pages.
  • Copies of the sponsor’s and co-signer’s passport should include the pages showing the passport number, issue and expiry dates, photo, name, surname, and place and date of birth.
  • You don’t need to get translations for the stamps in passports.

Birth certificates

  • Make sure you submit a copy of your birth certificate, and (if you have included dependants in your application) the birth certificates of your family members.
  • If you don’t have access to a birth certificate for someone you’re sponsoring, or the one you have doesn’t clearly show your relationship (for example, a name is incorrect), you can give a document that shows the relationship between you and your family member along with a letter of explanation. You should also still include a copy of your birth certificate.
    • If you are sponsoring the mother/father of your mother/father, you must include a photocopy of your mother/father’s birth certificate, to clearly show the relationship between the two of you.

Original documents

  • Don’t submit an original copy of a document unless you are asked to submit one.

Email addresses

Important: To protect your privacy, we will not use an email address if we can’t clearly read it. IRCC encourages all applicants to type out email addresses.

  • Make sure all email addresses on the forms are correct. Errors will cause delays.

Note: Providing an email address will let us communicate with you faster, which can speed up processing times.


Step 5: Submit the application

Now that you’ve prepared your application, you can submit it for processing. To help make sure the application can be processed as quickly as possible when it arrives in our office, put the documents in this order:

  1. copy of the invitation to apply letter with your confirmation number
  2. document checklist
  3. any barcode pages
  4. application forms and supporting documents, in the order they are listed on the document checklist

Mailing instructions

  1. We don’t accept multiple applications in one package. If you’re sending more than one application, please package them individually.
  2. Put your forms, receipt and all supporting documents in an envelope.
  3. Don’t hand deliver your application.

Send the application package by mail or courier to

CPC-PGP
PO Box 8020, STN T CSC
Ottawa, ON
K1G 3H6

If you send your application by courier, you may see a different address on your courier tracking slip. Find out why.

You will need to choose a courier that will deliver to P.O. boxes and do deliveries without a signature. We have agreements with many couriers, and they know where to deliver applications destined to our P.O. box.


What happens next

If you have been invited to submit a complete application, the case processing centre (CPC) will review your application for completeness. Only complete applications will be processed, and any incomplete applications will be returned to applicants. Sponsors will be informed of the return for incompleteness by letter.

Note: New sponsorship applications received by the CPC without an invitation to apply letter will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant.

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:

  • send all documents and information we have asked for with your application
  • pay your application and biometric fees (if required)
  • provide your biometrics as soon as possible (if required)
  • 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:

  • unclear photocopies of documents
  • 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

For more information

Current processing times

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 a more detailed, up-to-date case status on their permanent residence 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:

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.


Important information

Updating your contact information

While your application is in process, you must tell us if you change your address, email address, or telephone number. Use the Change your address tool to give us your new contact information.

Note: If your personal situation changes (for example, change of marital status, birth of a child, or you wish to withdraw your sponsorship) after you have submitted your application, you must notify us in writing. For more information, visit After you apply.

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 about the protection of your data, visit the Help Centre.

Quality Assurance Program

Our quality assurance program randomly chooses applications for a special review. If chosen, we will ask you to attend an interview with an IRCC official to:

  • verify that the documentation and any other information you submitted is accurate,
  • verify that your application has been completed properly.

Note: We will notify you in writing if your application is chosen.


Need help?

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

Photograph 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 photos.
  • Photos may be in colour or in black and white.
  • Photos must be original and not altered in any way or taken from an existing photo.
  • Photos must reflect your current appearance (taken within the past six (6) months).

Notes to the photographer

The photos 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 and not show shadows, glare or flash reflections;
  • taken straight on, with face and shoulders centred and squared to the camera (i.e. the photos must show the full front view of the person’s head and shoulders, showing the full face centered in the middle of the photo);
  • taken in front of a plain white background with a clear difference between the person’s face and the background. Photos must reflect and represent natural skin tones.
Image described below

The back of one (1) photo must include:

  • the name and date of birth of the person in the photo
  • the name and complete address of the photography studio
  • the date the photo was taken;

The photographer may use a stamp or handwrite this information. Stick-on labels are not accepted.

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