Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and visitors to Canada: Uniting with family members

We recognize that the travel restrictions have an impact on many people who can’t travel to Canada right now. These restrictions stop most discretionary travel to Canada.

At this time, you can come to Canada only if you’re eligible to travel.

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Immediate family members who want to unite with a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident

Who is an immediate family member

An immediate family member is defined as a

How to unite with your family member in Canada

You do not need a written authorization from us confirming that you’re exempt from the travel restrictions.

However, to board your flight to Canada, you must

Documents to use as proof that you’re an immediate family member

You must have 2 types of documents:

Documents that show the person’s Canadian citizenship, status under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident status

These documents include

Documents that show your relationship to that person

Examples of documents include

  • a marriage certificate or proof of common-law status (documents showing a shared address)
  • a birth certificate
  • a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) for one of the following:
    • the family class (the COPR category under Application Details will be FC)
    • the one-year window of opportunity provision (coded OYW under Special Program)
  • other documents that show an immediate family connection, for example
    • correspondence from us showing a spousal sponsorship application in progress
    • documents that show a shared home address

Note: Paper and electronic copies of the documents above are accepted. The documents above are examples only. An officer may request or accept other documents, as needed.

Extended family members who want to unite with a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident

To be considered an extended family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident, it depends on who you’re related to and how.

If your relationship is with a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident

You must be

If you’re related to the spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident

You must be a

If you’re related to someone in an exclusive dating relationship with a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident

You must be a

How to unite with the person in Canada

You must

Make sure to complete the correct version of the application for authorization and statutory declaration form. If you send us the wrong form, your request will be delayed and may be refused.

Reuniting with an adult – If the person you’re reuniting with in Canada is 18 years or older

Step 1: Your family member downloads and fills out the application for authorization and statutory declaration form

The person who is the Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident, must download and fill out this form:

Step 2: You sign the declaration

Your family member in Canada sends you the filled out application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006) for you to sign.

After you sign the form, you send it back to your family member in Canada. You can print the form and sign it or sign it electronically.

Step 3: Your family member signs the form by solemn declaration

Once you’ve sent the form back to your family member in Canada, they must sign the form by solemn declaration.

This is done in front of any Canadian official who is legally authorized to receive a solemn declaration, such as a

  • commissioner for oaths
  • justice of the peace
  • lawyer or
  • notary public

If your family member is currently outside Canada

If your family member is outside Canada, there are a few options to sign the form by solemn declaration:

  • Canadian service providers who offer this service online, such as
    • some notaries public
    • commissioners of oaths
    • lawyers
  • consular officer of a Government of Canada office overseas
    • Some Canadian consular officers may not be able to perform the solemn declaration due to COVID-19.

Your best option may be to find a designated Canadian service provider.

Step 4: Get a copy of the completed and signed form

Your family member must send you a copy of the completed and signed application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006).

Step 5: Request written authorization to travel

When requesting a written authorization, you need to provide

  • a copy of the completed and signed application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006)
    • This is the evidence of your relationship with your family member.
  • proof that your family member is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident, such as a copy of their
    • Canadian birth certificate
    • Canadian passport
    • secure certificate of Indian status or certificate of Indian status
    • Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD)
    • permanent resident card or permanent resident travel document

Make sure you send us all the required information, including the completed and signed statutory declaration, in one request only. If you send us multiple requests with different information, your request will be delayed and may be refused.

You need written authorization from us, whether you’re travelling from the United States (US) or any other country.

How you request a written authorization depends on whether or not you already have a valid travel document (visitor visa or eTA, if needed).

Find out how to request authorization.

You should not book a flight to Canada until you get your written authorization from us.

Step 6: Bring the copy of the application for authorization and statutory declaration as well as the written authorization with you when you travel.

When you travel to Canada, you must have

  • the application for authorization and statutory declaration
    • Once the form is signed by solemn declaration, you have 6 months to travel to Canada.
    • If it’s longer than 6 months before you’ll be travelling, you’ll need a new statutory declaration.
  • your written authorization
  • your valid travel document (visitor visa or eTA, if needed)

This is mandatory. If you don’t bring these documents with you, you won’t be allowed to board your flight or enter Canada.

Reuniting with a minor – If the person you’re reuniting with in Canada is under the age of 18

If the person you’re requesting to reunite with in Canada is under the age of 18 years, they’re considered a minor. To support your request to reunite with them, the Application for Authorization and Statutory Declaration for the Parent of a Minor (IMM 0016) must be completed.

Step 1: Your family member downloads and fills out the application for authorization and statutory declaration form

The person who is the Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident, must fill out this form:

Step 2: You sign the declaration

Your family member in Canada sends you the filled out Application for Authorization and Statutory Declaration for the Parent of a Minor (IMM 0016) for you to sign.

After you sign the form, you send it back to your family member in Canada.

Step 3: Your family member’s legal parent signs the form by solemn declaration

Once you’ve sent the form back to your family member in Canada, their legal parent must sign the form by solemn declaration.

This is done in front of any Canadian official who is legally authorized to receive a solemn declaration, such as a

  • commissioner for oaths
  • justice of the peace
  • lawyer or
  • notary public

If your family member is currently outside Canada

If your family member is outside Canada, there are a few options to sign the form by solemn declaration:

  • Canadian service providers who offer this service online, such as
    • some notaries public
    • commissioners of oaths
    • lawyers
  • consular officer of a Government of Canada office overseas
    • Some Canadian consular officers may not be able to perform the solemn declaration due to COVID-19.

Your best option may be to find a designated Canadian service provider.

Step 4: Get a copy of the completed and signed form

Your family member in Canada must send you a copy of the completed and signed Application for Authorization and Statutory Declaration for the Parent of a Minor (IMM 0016).

Step 5: Request written authorization to travel

When requesting a written authorization, you need to provide

  • a copy of the completed and signed Application for Authorization and Statutory Declaration for the Parent of a Minor (IMM 0016)
    • This is the evidence of your relationship with your family member.
  • proof of parentage
    • You must include proof of parentage for the minor, such as their birth certificate.
  • proof that your extended family member is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident, such as their
    • Canadian birth certificate
    • Canadian passport
    • secure certificate of Indian status or certificate of Indian status
    • Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD)  
    • permanent resident card or permanent resident travel document

Make sure you send us all required information, including the completed and signed statutory declaration, in one request only. If you send us multiple requests with different information, your request will be delayed and may be refused.

You need written authorization from us whether you’re travelling from the US or any other country.

How you request a written authorization depends on whether or not you already have a valid travel document (visitor visa or eTA, if needed).

Find out how to request authorization.

You should not book a flight to Canada until you get your written authorization from us.

Step 6: Bring the copy of the application for authorization and statutory declaration as well as the written authorization with you when you travel.

When you travel to Canada, you must have

  • the application for authorization and statutory declaration
    • Once the form is signed by solemn declaration, you have 6 months to travel to Canada.
    • If it’s longer than 6 months before you’ll be travelling, you’ll need a new statutory declaration.
  • your written authorization
  • your valid travel document (visitor visa or eTA, if needed)

This is mandatory. If you don’t bring these documents with you, you won’t be allowed to board your flight or enter Canada.

To board your flight to Canada

You must

Immediate family members: How to unite with someone who is in Canada temporarily

Who is an immediate family member

An immediate family member is defined as a

If you’re travelling to Canada from the US

If you’re travelling from the US to reunite with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily, you must provide evidence that your travel is non-discretionary, such as to live with your spouse, common-law partner or family member.

You do not need written authorization from IRCC if travelling to Canada from the US.

If you’re travelling to Canada from a country other than the US

If you’re travelling from a country other than the US, you must have written authorization from IRCC to fly to Canada.

The written authorization is a one-time use authorization confirming that you’re exempt from the travel restrictions. It’s valid only for the period needed to travel.

You should not book a flight to Canada until you get your written authorization.

Find out how to request a written authorization.

To board your flight to Canada

You need

How to request a written authorization from IRCC

If you have a valid visitor visa or an application in progress

Follow the instructions for What to do if you’ve already applied for a visitor visa. We’ll assess your reasons for travel and make a decision on your written authorization.

Remember to submit evidence to show you’re eligible to travel at this time.

If you need a visitor visa but haven’t applied for one yet

Follow the instructions for How to apply for a visitor visa. We’ll assess your reasons for travel and make a decision on your visitor visa and your written authorization at the same time.

Remember to submit evidence to show you’re eligible to travel at this time.

If you have an eTA or need one to travel

If you have or are applying for an eTA, follow the instructions for eTA applicants. We’ll assess your reasons for travel and make a decision on your written authorization.

Find more instructions for eTA applicants.

Remember to submit evidence to show you’re eligible to travel at this time.

If you don’t need a visitor visa or eTA (for example, US citizen)

If you don’t need a visitor visa or eTA to travel to Canada, you still need a written authorization if you’re coming to unite with an

  • extended family member
  • immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily if you’re travelling from any country other than the US

Note: If you’re coming from the US to unite with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily you do not need written authorization.

Send your request for a written authorization using our web form.

Read the instructions below to make sure your request is complete.

We’ll contact you within 14 business days of getting your complete request.

Do not book travel before you get your written authorization.

How to fill out the web form

  1. Choose “Submit a travel exemption enquiry” from the dropdown menu, then click “Continue to form”.
  2. Fill in the personal information for the person who wants to travel to Canada. See below for more information on what to enter in each field.
  3. Agree to the consent and disclaimer and review your request before you submit it.

Submit only 1 web form request with all the required information and supporting documents.

If you send us multiple requests with different or missing information, your request will be delayed and may be refused.

If we approve your request for a written authorization, we’ll send it to the email address you gave us.

Continue to web form

What to enter in each field

Email address

We’ll use the email address you give us to contact you.

We can respond only to your email address. If you want us to respond to an email address other than your own, you must provide a Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) form to authorize another person to act on your behalf.

If you’re a representative, and you applied on behalf of someone, we’ll use the email address you provided in that application.

Unique client identifier (UCI) number

Provide your UCI to help us find you in our system. If you don’t have a UCI, leave this field empty.

Application number

Click the checkbox below the field to tell us you don’t have one.

What did you apply for?

You can skip this field.

Tell us about your situation

Include information such as

  • a detailed reason of how you meet a travel exemption to come to Canada
  • your relationship to the family member in Canada
  • the status of the person in Canada
  • your passport number
  • the dates you plan to travel
  • where you live now (current country of residence)

If you’ve already booked your travel, provide your travel itinerary including your

  • flight number
  • departure time and location
  • arrival time and location
Upload files that support your situation

Upload documents to support your request.

Do not include personal photos.

If you’re an extended family member who wants to unite with someone in Canada

You must include a signed and completed application for authorization and statutory declaration form.

You also need to provide proof that your extended family member is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident.

For example, you can provide a copy of their

  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Canadian passport
  • secure certificate of Indian status or certificate of Indian status
  • temporary confirmation of registration document
  • permanent resident card or permanent resident travel document

For more details see the instructions for extended family members.

If you’re coming from any country other than the US to unite with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily

You must include proof of

  • relationship with an immediate family member in Canada, such as
    • a marriage certificate
    • proof of common-law status
    • a birth certificate
    • other documents that show an immediate family connection such as documents that show a shared home address
  • immigration status of your immediate family member in Canada, such as
    • copy of their study permit or work permit

For more details see the instructions for immediate family members of someone in Canada temporarily.

Mandatory quarantine, COVID-19 testing and other requirements

Before you travel to Canada, make sure you know the rules and what you need to do before and after you arrive. Use the checklist that applies to you:

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