Sponsor your relatives: How to apply

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There are two stages in the process for your eligible relatives to become permanent residents.

  1. You apply to sponsor your relatives.
  2. Your family members must apply for permanent residence.

You must send both your sponsorship application and the permanent residence application for your relatives at the same time.

To apply as a sponsor, you must be at least 18 years of age and a:

  • Canadian citizen or
  • person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or
  • permanent resident of Canada

We’ll process your application to sponsor and write you to tell you if we approve your application.

How to apply

To apply to sponsor your eligible relatives you must:

1. Get the application package

The application package includes the:

Read the guide before you fill in the forms. Make sure you’re eligible to sponsor a relative before you apply. We won’t refund the sponsorship application fee.

When submitting applications:

  • you’ll have to provide proof of income
  • your relatives must state they will try to support themselves
  • you must agree in writing to support your relatives for a set amount of time (three to 20 years)
  • include all your relative’s dependent children (if any) on your relative’s application
  • include all the documents listed in the document checklist
    • missing information or documents can delay your application

All information in your application must be true. You must tell the truth about:

  • your family members (include them all on your application)
  • your marital status
  • any change in your case

The people you sponsor must also tell us about each of their close family members. These family members must have a security and criminality check and a medical exam. If they don’t, the sponsored person won’t be able to sponsor them in the future.

2. Pay your application fees

Pay your processing fees online and print the receipt.

Include the receipt as your proof of payment with your application.

Use the pay your fees tool to see how much your fees will be and how to pay them online.

Right of permanent residence fee

The person you’re sponsoring must pay the right of permanent residence fee (RPRF) before we can grant permanent resident status.

You don’t need to include the RPRF with your sponsorship application. You can pay it later.

The RPRF doesn’t need to be paid by:

  • dependent children of:
    • the person you’re sponsoring
    • a permanent resident or Canadian citizen
  • protected persons and their family members

3. Submit your application

The mailing address is in the instruction guide.

Find out how long it will take to process your application.

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