Sponsor your spouse, partner or child: how to apply
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How it works
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How to apply
You must now apply online
As of September 23, 2022, you must now apply online for this program.
If you can’t apply online, and require accommodations, including for a disability, you can ask for the application in another format (paper, braille or large print).
To apply to sponsor your spouse, partner or child, there are 2 applications:
- You must apply to become a sponsor.
- Your spouse, partner or child must apply for permanent residence.
If you want to sponsor your adopted child or an orphaned family member, follow the instructions to sponsor your adopted child instead.
If you live in Quebec, find out the steps to take to sponsor your spouse, partner or child in Quebec.
There are 4 steps to sponsor your spouse, partner or child:
1. Apply to sponsor
The sponsor must
- download and complete the PDF forms in the application package
- digitally sign, along with the person you’re sponsoring (principal applicant)
The person you’re sponsoring (principal applicant) will
- upload them to their online application
- electronically sign for the entire application, including those of any other family members
Get the application package
The application package includes the:
- document checklist for you and the persons you want to sponsor
- forms you and the persons you want to sponsor need to fill out
- instruction guide to help you and your family members fill out the forms correctly
Read the guide carefully before you complete the application form. The sponsorship application fee for processing your application can’t be refunded.
Helping your spouse, partner or child with their application?
There are certain steps you need to complete if you want to:
- prepare your family members’ application for them (this would mean that you’d be acting as their representative)
- check on their application status
You have to request permission and provide the right forms with your application.
Find out how to act as a representative or access your family members’ information.
2. Apply to be sponsored (permanent residence)
Sign in or create a Permanent residence online application portal account.
You must fill out these digital forms online
- Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)
- Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)
- Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)
- Supplementary Information - Your travels (IMM 5562)
You need one photo for each person on your application.
Follow the instructions in the online application to scan and upload both sides of your photo.
If you’re having technical issues applying, contact us using the web form
- under type of application/enquiry, choose technical difficulties from the drop-down menu
- in the text box, specify the program you’re applying under
- upload screenshots from your account that show us
- the page where you’re having problems
- the error message(s) you get
If you need to upload a number of images, find out how to combine them into 1 document.
Working in Canada
If you already have a work permit, you can keep working as long as the permit is valid.
If you’re living in Canada with the person sponsoring you, you can also apply for an open work permit when you apply for permanent residence.
Using an immigration representative
If you’re a representative, find out how you can create an account and submit applications on behalf of your clients.
If you want to appoint someone to do business with us on your behalf, you must
- download a Use of a Representative [IMM 5476] (PDF, 1.48 MB) or Authority to release personal information to a designated individual form [IMM 5475] (PDF, 2.2 MB) – which ever applies
- complete it
- sign it digitally or by hand and get your immigration representative to do so also
- upload it with your application
An immigration representative (an immigration consultant or lawyer) can give you advice and help you with your application for a fee. But they can’t
- open a portal account on your behalf
- electronically sign the application for you
- sign into the portal using your username and password
A representative can fill out forms and communicate with us on your behalf through their own account. They can also
- help you prepare the documents you need to upload
- answer questions about the forms
After you read the declaration, you must be the one who types your name. This is the legal requirement for your application to be considered “signed,” according to Canada’s immigration law.
3. Pay your application fees
Your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)
Temporary changes to biometrics
Book your biometrics collection appointment as soon as you can to avoid processing delays.
If you can’t book an appointment by the deadline in your biometric instruction letter, there may be temporary measures in place to help you.
In most cases, your fees will include:
- processing fees for you, the persons you’re sponsoring and their dependants
- the right of permanent residence fee
- the biometrics fee
You have to pay your fees online (opens in a new tab).
In most cases, you must pay a biometrics (fingerprints and photo) fee when you submit your application. Otherwise you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo.
Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for:
- your medical exam
- a police certificate
The instruction guide can help you understand which fees apply to you.
4. Send us additional information during processing
During processing, we’ll ask the person you’re sponsoring to submit their:
- medical exams
- police certificates
- You need to include police certificates when you apply.
- You need them for the person being sponsored and each family member 18 or older (who isn’t already a Canadian citizen or permanent resident).
- 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.
- When the biometrics fee is paid, we’ll send your family members a letter asking them to give their biometrics.
- Your family members must show this letter when they give their biometrics.
- They have 30 days to give their biometrics in person at their closest collection point.
Temporary changes to biometrics
Book your biometric appointment as soon as you can to avoid processing delays.
If you can’t book an appointment by the deadline on your biometric instruction letter, there may be temporary measures in place to help you.
We’ll send instructions and let your family members how much time they have to send us this information.
You must tell us of any change in circumstances, such as:
- birth or adoption of children
- marriage or divorce or separation
- death of an applicant or a dependant
5. Submit your online application
Before you submit your application, make sure you:
- answer all questions
- electronically sign your application (type your full name exactly as shown on your passport)
- include your processing fee receipt
- upload all the supporting documents
If your application is incomplete, we’ll reject it. You’ll have to fix any errors and then re-submit it.
6. Get updates about your application online
If you and the person you are sponsoring meet the eligibility requirements, we will mail or email you a request to link your application to an online account.
Find out how to link your application to your account after you create an account or sign in.
Having trouble? See the top questions about linking your application in the Help Centre.
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