Sponsor your relatives: How to apply (2024)

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

You must now apply online

As of September 23, 2022, it is now mandatory to apply online.

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).

The Instruction Guide (IMM 5196), will help you fill out the forms properly.

1. Apply to sponsor

You need a Document Checklist — Sponsor [IMM5287] (PDF, 821.91 KB)

  • Use your checklist to make sure you include all the forms and documents you need.
  • Upload the checklist with your online application

Your visa office may also require additional documents.

  • Choose the visa office that serves your area.
  • If you are not sure which one to use, see our list of countries and which offices serve them.
  • Upload the visa office instructions and any additional documents with your online application.
Visa office instructions

The documents below have more detailed information for each visa office.

  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates [IMM3146] (PDF, 428.56KB)
  • Accra, Ghana [IMM 3100] (PDF, 444.35KB)
  • Ankara, Turkey [IMM 3103] (PDF, 429.78KB)
  • Beijing, China [IMM 3155] (PDF, 471.18KB)
  • Berlin, Germany [IMM 3056] (PDF, 435.86KB)
  • Bogota, Colombia [IMM 3063] (PDF, 434.48KB)
  • Bucharest, Romania [IMM 3106] (PDF, 447.29KB)
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina [IMM 3044] (PDF, 425.57KB)
  • Cairo, Egypt [IMM 3011] (PDF, 434.34KB)
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka [IMM 3110] (PDF, 450.35KB)
  • Dakar, Senegal [IMM 3068] (PDF, 434.76KB)
  • Dar es Salaam [IMM 3157] (PDF, 370.31KB)
  • Hong Kong, China [IMM 3019] (PDF, 415.41KB)
  • Islamabad, Pakistan [IMM 3020] (PDF, 846.07KB)
  • Kingston, Jamaica [IMM 3021] (PDF, 446.64KB)
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [IMM 3123] (PDF, 445.04KB)
  • Kyiv, Ukraine [IMM 3074] (PDF, 412.51KB)
  • Lima, Peru [IMM 3125] (PDF, 422.41KB)
  • London, United Kingdom [IMM 3023] (PDF, 429.22KB)
  • Manila, Philippines [IMM 3025] (PDF, 428.48KB)
  • Mexico City, Mexico [IMM 3062] (PDF, 432.29KB)
  • Moscow, Russia [IMM 3075] (PDF, 571.05KB)
  • Nairobi, Kenya [IMM 3055] (PDF, 457.44KB)
  • New Delhi, India [IMM 3029] (PDF, 445.27KB)
  • Paris, France [IMM 3031] (PDF, 516.37KB)
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago [IMM3033] (PDF, 438.27KB)
  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti [IMM 3061] (PDF, 482.5KB)
  • Pretoria, South Africa [IMM 3067] (PDF, 433.46KB)
  • Rabat, Morocco [IMM 3060] (PDF, 886.69KB)
  • Rome, Italy [IMM 3034] (PDF, 439.75KB)
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil [IMM 3134] (PDF, 432.42KB)
  • Seoul, South Korea [IMM 3058] (PDF, 430.98KB)
  • Singapore, Singapore [IMM 3057] (PDF, 428.66KB)
  • Sydney, Australia [IMM 3038] (PDF, 426.59KB)
  • Tel Aviv, Israel [IMM 3039] (PDF, 451.06KB)
  • Tokyo, Japan [IMM 3041] (PDF, 428.61KB)
  • Vienna, Austria [IMM 3042] (PDF, 419.89KB)
  • Warsaw, Poland [IMM 3059] (PDF, 435.57KB)

The sponsor must

  • download and complete these PDF forms
  • digitally sign, along with the person you’re sponsoring (principal applicant)
    • Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking [IMM1344] (PDF, 478.72 KB)
      • Important: you and the person you’re sponsoring must both digitally sign this application (if they are under 18, you may sign on their behalf)
    • Financial Evaluation [IMM1283] (PDF, 1.24 MB)
    • Medical Condition Statement [IMM 0133](PDF, 2.3MB)
    • Forms for giving someone else access to your application or information –see Using an immigration representative
  • have the non-accompanying parent or guardian download, complete and sign this form by hand, if this applies
    • Separation Declaration for Minors Travelling to Canada [IMM 5604] (PDF, 1.99 MB)
  • download, complete, and sign this form by hand along with your common-law partner, if this applies.
    • Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union [IMM 5409] (PDF, 0.78 MB)

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

2. Steps for the sponsored person (or if under 18, their guardian or you on their behalf)

Sign in or create a Permanent residence online application portal account (opens in a new tab).

Fill out these digital forms online

  • Generic Application Form for Canada(IMM0008)
  • Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)
  • Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)

The person who fills the forms will also need to upload the sponsor’s completed and signed forms.

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 [IMM5476] (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 or designated individual 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.

Photo specifications

You need one photo for each person on your application.

Follow the instructions in the online application to scan and upload both sides of the photo.

Technical issues

If you’re having technical issues with the permanent residence online application portal, contact us using the web form

  • under type of application/enquiry, choose technical difficulties from the drop-down menu
  • in the text box, specify that you’re applying under the Parents and Grandparents Program to make sure you get a fast response
  • 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.

Get fingerprints and photo taken

If you’re between 14 and 79 years old, you may need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics).

Find out if you need to give your biometrics

  • The biometric fee must be paid when the application is submitted. Otherwise you may experience delays.
  • Get this done as soon as you get the letter from us that tells you to give biometrics.
  • You have 30 days to do this from the date on the letter.

Biometrics fee

  • Individualapplicant: CAD $85
  • Families applying at the same time: maximum total fee of CAD $170
  • Groups of 3 or more performing artists and their staffwho apply for work permits at the same time: maximum total fee of $CAD 255

Pay fees online

Find out how to pay fees.

Submit the online application

Before you submit the 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
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