Sponsor your adopted child

Information for the Principal Applicant, Adopted Children and Orphaned Relatives

Who is the principal applicant?

In regard to you, the sponsor, the principal applicant is the person you are sponsoring to come to Canada and is declared as the primary applicant in the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008).


What does the principal applicant have to do?

At this stage, the principal applicant must:

  • sign the Application to sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344),
  • complete and sign the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008) and the Additional Dependants (IMM 0008DEP)
  • complete the Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)

 


Who should be included in the application?

The principal applicant who is being sponsored as a member of the family class must include their spouse or common-law partner in the application. Children from current and previous relationships whether they will be going to Canada or not, must also be included.

All the family members whether accompanying or not the principal applicant to Canada must be declared on the application and be examined. If family members are not examined, it is generally not possible to sponsor them at a later date. This includes children in the custody of a former spouse or common-law partner.

In addition, failure to declare family members on the application and having them examined goes against the duty to provide truthful and accurate information, and may cause them to be found inadmissible to Canada.

 

Family member definitions

Your family members include your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children and any children that are their dependent children.

Spouse
Refers to either of the two persons (opposite or same gender) in a marriage legally recognized in the country in which it took place, as well as in Canada.
Common-law partner
Refers to a person who is living in a conjugal relationship with another person (opposite or same gender), and has done so continuously for a period of at least one year. A conjugal relationship exists when there is a significant degree of commitment between two people.This can be shown with evidence that the couple share the same home, support each other financially and emotionally, have children together, or present themselves in public as a couple.

Common-law partners who have been in a conjugal relationship for at least one year but are unable to live together or appear in public together because of legal restrictions in their home country or who have been separated for reasons beyond their control (for example, civil war or armed conflict) may still qualify and should be included on the application.

Dependent children
IRCC assess your child’s eligibility as a dependant based on how old they were at a specific point in time, called the lock-in date. This is usually the date IRCC received your application. To see if your child qualifies as a dependant, IRCC consider the age of your child on the lock-in date, even though your child’s age may change during processing.

Your child or the child of your spouse or common-law partner can be considered a dependent child if that child meets the requirements below on the lock-in date:

  • They’re under 22 years old, and
  • They don’t have a spouse or common-law partner

Children 22 years old or older qualify as dependants if they meet both of these requirements:

  • They have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22, and
  • They are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition

With the exception of age, dependants must continue to meet these requirements until IRCC finish processing your application.

Dependent child of a dependent child
Refers to children of dependent children of the applicant and those of the spouse or common-law partner, if applicable.

Does the principal applicant need to include a child in the sole custody of a former spouse or partner in their application?

The principal applicant must list a child in the sole custody of a former spouse or partner on the application for permanent residence since all family members, whether accompanying or not, must be declared and examined. If a child is not examined, the principal applicant will not be able to sponsor the child as a member of the family class in the future, regardless of changes to custody or living circumstances. To preserve the right to sponsor that child in the future, the child must be included and examined.


Adopted children and orphaned relatives

A permanent resident visa cannot be issued to a child as a member of the family class if that child is the adopted child of the sponsor or an orphaned brother, sister, nephew or niece of the sponsor as described earlier in this guide unless the adoptive parents/the sponsor demonstrate they have obtained information concerning the medical condition of the child. In doing so, the government ensures that the child’s best interests are protected.

If you are sponsoring a child whom you adopted or intend to adopt in Canada, or even an orphaned brother, sister, nephew or niece, you must complete and submit a Medical Condition Statement with sponsorship application.

Note: Sponsors who want to adopt more than one child concurrently must complete an application for each child, whether the children are siblings or not.


Biometric (fingerprints and photo) requirements

You and your family members may need to appear in person to have their fingerprints and photograph (biometric information) taken at a biometric collection service point.

Canadian citizens and existing permanent residents of Canada are exempt from giving biometrics.

As of December 3, 2019, you need to give biometrics when you apply from within Canada. You can go to a designated Service Canada location.

If you have to give biometrics, you can give them after you:

  • pay for and submit your application and biometric fees, and
  • get a biometric instruction letter (BIL) which will direct you to a list of biometric collection service points you may choose from

You must bring the BIL with you to the biometric collection service point to give your biometrics.

IRCC encourage you to give your biometrics as soon as possible after getting the BIL. IRCC’ll start processing your application after IRCC get your biometrics.

When to give your biometrics

You will need to pay for and then give your biometrics, even if you gave biometrics in the past to support a visitor visa, study or work permit application, or a different permanent resident application.

Where to give your biometrics

You need to book an appointment to give your biometrics at one of these official biometric collection service points.

Signing the IMM 0008 form

The application must be signed and dated before it is submitted.

If you are:

  • 18 years of age or older, sign and date in the boxes provided,
  • less than 18 years of age, your form must be signed by one of your parents or legal guardian.

Note: If your application is not signed and dated, it will be returned to you.


Submit the application form IMM 0008

When submitting your application, to ensure your encoded data is captured, you must include the last pages of the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008) which contain your unique barcodes. See the image below:

Note: This page is only available when you complete your application electronically (on a computer).

Step 1. Gather Documents


What documents are required?

Use the Document Checklist (IMM 5287), which you can find in this package, to assist you in gathering the necessary documentation

Important information: If you do not provide all the requested information or documents, the processing of your application could be delayed.


Translation of documents

You must submit the following for any document that is not in English or French, unless otherwise stated on your document checklist:

  • the English or French translation; and
  • an affidavit from the person who completed the translation (if they’re not a certified translator); and
  • certified copy of the original document.

Important information: Translations must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by an applicant’s parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin.

If the translation is not done by a certified translator (a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial association of translators and interpreters in Canada), you must submit an affidavit swearing to the accuracy of the translation and the language proficiency of the translator.

An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in the presence of a person authorized to administer oaths in the country where the translator is living, that the contents of their translation are a true translation and representation of the contents of the original document.

Translators who are certified in Canada don’t need to supply an affidavit.

The affidavit must be sworn in the presence of:

In Canada:

  • a notary public
  • a commissioner of oaths
  • a commissioner of taking affidavits

Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Consult your local provincial or territorial authorities.

Outside of Canada:

  • a notary public

Authority to administer oaths varies by country. Consult your local authorities.


Certified true copies

To have a photocopy of a document certified, an authorized person must (as described below) compare the original document to the photocopy and must print the following on the photocopy:

  • “I certify that this is a true copy of the original document”,
  • the name of the original document,
  • the date of the certification,
  • their name,
  • their official position or title, and
  • their signature.

Who can certify copies?

Only authorized people

Important information: Certifying of copies must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by an applicant’s parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin.

Persons authorized to certify copies include the following:

In Canada:

  • a notary public
  • a commissioner of oaths
  • a commissioner of taking affidavits

Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Check with your local provincial or territorial authorities to learn who has the authority to certify.

Outside Canada:

  • a notary public

Authority to certify international documents varies by country. Check with your local authorities to learn who has the authority to certify in your country.

Step 2 – Completing the forms

The following are to be filled out and submitted:

  • Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking [IMM 1344]
  • Financial Evaluation [IMM 1283]
  • Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008]
  • Additional Dependants/Declaration [IMM 0008DEP]
  • Schedule A – Background/Declaration [IMM 5669]
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union [IMM 5409]
  • Use of a Representative [IMM 5476]
  • Medical Condition Statement 
  • Document Checklist [IMM 5287]

The Medical Condition Statement

The medical Condition Statement must be filled out if you are sponsoring:

  • a child you have adopted or are in the process of adopting outside Canada and you were or are living in Canada at the time the adoption took/takes place, or
  • a child you intend to adopt in Canada, or
  • an orphaned brother, sister, nephew or niece.

Once you have obtained the information with respect to the child’s medical condition, read the Medical Condition Statement, complete the bottom portion, sign it and send it to the visa office processing the permanent residence application submitted on behalf of the child.


Be complete and accurate

Complete all sections. If a section does not apply to you, write “Not Applicable” or “NA”. If information or documents are missing, your entire application will be returned to you. You will need to re-submit your application with the missing information or documents.

If you need more space for any section, print out an additional page containing the appropriate section, complete it and submit it along with your application.


Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344)

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • the sponsor,
  • the co-signer, if applicable
  • the principal applicant.

Completing the form

You must answer all the questions on this application form unless indicated otherwise.

1. Download and fill out the application form on a computer.

You also have the option of saving your form and completing it later.

2. Once the application is completed, click on the Validate button located at the top or bottom of the form.

barcode page like the one below will be generated:

The Medical Condition Statement

The medical Condition Statement must be filled out if you are sponsoring:

  • a child you have adopted or are in the process of adopting outside Canada and you were or are living in Canada at the time the adoption took/takes place, or
  • a child you intend to adopt in Canada, or
  • an orphaned brother, sister, nephew or niece.

Once you have obtained the information with respect to the child’s medical condition, read the Medical Condition Statement, complete the bottom portion, sign it and send it to the visa office processing the permanent residence application submitted on behalf of the child.


Be complete and accurate

Complete all sections. If a section does not apply to you, write “Not Applicable” or “NA”. If information or documents are missing, your entire application will be returned to you. You will need to re-submit your application with the missing information or documents.

If you need more space for any section, print out an additional page containing the appropriate section, complete it and submit it along with your application.


Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344)

Who must fill out this application form?

This form must be completed by:

  • the sponsor,
  • the co-signer, if applicable
  • the principal applicant.

Completing the form

You must answer all the questions on this application form unless indicated otherwise.

1. Download and fill out the application form on a computer.

You also have the option of saving your form and completing it later.

2. Once the application is completed, click on the Validate button located at the top or bottom of the form.

barcode page like the one below will be generated:

Sample Barcodes

Note: This barcode page will not appear if you fill out your application by hand.

3. Print all pages of your application form.

4. Sign and date in the spaces provided.

5. Place the barcode page on top of your application (forms and supporting documents) when you submit it.

3. Print all pages of your application form.

4. Sign and date in the spaces provided.

5. Place the barcode page on top of your application (forms and supporting documents) when you submit it.

 

Step 3. Pay the Fees

Fee

Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid (all fees are in Canadian dollars). Fees must be included with this application.


Your fees

Application (per person) $CAN
Sponsor your relative (22 years or older)
Sponsorship fee ($75), principal applicant fee ($475) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)
1,050
Sponsor your relative (22 years or older without right of permanent residence fee)
Sponsorship fee ($75) and principal applicant processing fee ($475)
550
Sponsor or include a dependant, adopted child (or child to be adopted) or orphaned relative
Sponsor only a dependent child ($75 sponsorship fee and $75 processing fee) or include one on an application with your relative ($150)
150(per child)
Sponsor your relative (under 22 years old and not your dependent child)
Sponsorship fee ($75), principal applicant processing fee ($75) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)
650
Sponsor your relative (under 22 years old and not your dependent child, without right of permanent residence fee)
Sponsorship fee ($75) and principal applicant processing fee ($75)
150
Include the spouse or partner of your relative
Processing fee ($550) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)
1,050
Include the spouse or partner of your relative (without right of permanent residence fee) 550

Note: The following people are exempt from the Right of Permanent Residence Fee:

  • the dependent children of the principal applicant;
  • a child you are adopting;
  • your orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild.
Biometrics fees $CAN
Biometrics (per person) 85
Biometrics (per family) (2 or more people)

Maximum fee for a family of 2 or more people applying at the same time and place

170

Residents of Quebec

If you are a resident of Quebec, you will need to pay an additional processing fee to the province of Quebec when you submit your undertaking to MIFI. For more information about Quebec provincial processing fees, visit the MIFI website. Do not include this fee with this sponsorship application.


Payment Issues

No fee included or Insufficient Fees

If you do not pay the full fees for your application(s) IRCC will return your application(s). IRCC will only start processing your application after you return it with the correct fees.

If you pay more than the fees needed for your application(s) IRCC will start processing your application, and send you a refund as soon as possible.

Note: You don’t have to ask for a refund. It will be done automatically.

Note: If you’re eligible for a refund, IRCC will issue the refund to the person indicated on the Payer Information section of the receipt (paper applications). If there is no name indicated on the receipt, IRCC will send the refund to the applicant.


How to pay the fees for your application

To pay your fees for your application you’ll need:

  • a valid email address;
  • access to a printer (you’ll need to print the receipt), and
  • a credit card or Canadian debit card.

Visit the link below and follow these instructions to pay:

  • Go to Online Payment.
  • Follow the online instructions.
    • At the end, click on the button to print the IRCC official receipt with barcode. Print two copies.
  • Attach a copy of this receipt to your completed application.
    • Keep the second copy of the receipt for your records.

Do not exit without printing the receipt! The printed receipt is your proof of payment!


The only acceptable form of payment is online payment. If you send any other form of payment, IRCC will return your application.


Submit the Application

The application process

The instructions provided in this guide follow the basic steps you will need to know to complete your application.

  1. Gather documents
  2. Complete the application
  3. Pay the fees
  4. Mail the application