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

We updated the application for authorization and statutory declaration form (IMM 0006). The form can now be signed.

If you downloaded the form before 3 p.m. (EDT) on October 9, 2020,

  • please download and complete it again before you take it to an official who is legally authorized to receive a solemn declaration

If you have already submitted the form,

  • you don’t need to resubmit it, as long as it was signed by an official who is legally authorized to receive a solemn declaration

We apologize for the inconvenience.

We recognize that the travel restrictions will have an impact on many people who can’t travel to Canada right now. These restrictions stop most non-essentialFootnote 1 (discretionary) travel to Canada.

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

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How to unite with immediate family members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents

Who is an immediate family member

An immediate family member is defined as a

What to do to unite with your immediate family member

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 your immediate family member’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status

These documents include

Documents that show your relationship to that family member

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.

How to unite with extended family members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents

To be considered an extended family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, it depends on who you’re related to and how.

If your relationship is with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you must be

If you’re related to the spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you must be a

If you’re related to someone in an exclusive dating relationship with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you must be a

What to do to unite with your extended family member

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

Your family member who is the Canadian citizen or permanent resident must fill out the application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006) (PDF, 2.2 MB)Updated October 9, 2020

Step 2: You sign the declaration

Your family member in Canada sends you the filled out application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006) (PDF, 2.2 MB) Updated October 9, 2020 for you to sign. After you sign the form, you send it back to your family member in Canada.

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 official who is legally authorized to receive a solemn declaration, such as a commissioner for oaths, justice of the peace, lawyer or notary public.

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 (IMM 0006) (PDF, 2.2 MB)Updated October 9, 2020

Step 5: Request written authorization to travel

Once you have a copy of the completed and signed application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006) (PDF, 2.2 MB)Updated October 9, 2020 use it as evidence of your relationship with your family member and request a written authorization from us. 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).

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.

You must have a copy of the application for authorization and statutory declaration as well as the written authorization with you when you travel. This is mandatory. If not, you won’t be allowed to board your flight or enter Canada.

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.

To board your flight to Canada

You must

How to unite with an immediate family member 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 essentialFootnote 1 (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 an eTA, or you’re applying for one, you also need to contact us through our Web form to tell us how you meet the eligibility requirements to travel at this time. We’ll assess your reasons for travel and make a decision on your eTA, if you don’t have one yet, and 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

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 to this email address: IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca.

Make sure you include

We’ll contact you within 14 business days of getting your complete request. If your request is missing required information, it may take us longer to respond.

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

Email us only if you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time. We won’t respond to any other inquiries.

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