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Spousal Sponsorship Document Checklist

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Spousal Sponsorship Document Checklist

Jade Calver

When you are preparing to submit your Family Class Sponsorship application, the Government of Canada requires you to use a document checklist. The document checklist provides a list of all the documents and forms you must submit in your application, in the order they should appear. This ensures that you do not submit an incomplete application. If you submit an incomplete application, you risk your application being returned to you, or refused by the Government of Canada.

You can generate your own document checklist using the document checklist generator provided by the Government of Canada. When using this tool, be sure to enter the correct information regarding who you are sponsoring and where the person you are sponsoring currently lives. This is important because each checklist may differ depending on this information.

Each document checklist will contain some of the same basic criteria. The document checklist is also broken down into two parts, which include Part A (required forms) and Part B (supporting documents). Listed below are some of the components included in Part A.

  1. Document checklist. The first item on the checklist will be the checklist itself. This may seem redundant, but it serves as a reminder that the checklist should be the first page in your application package.

  2. Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking. This form is also called IMM 1344. It must be signed by both you and the person you are sponsoring.

  3. Application fees. You must attach a receipt indicating that you have paid your application fees, biometric fees, and any other fees required for your application (e.g. Right of Permanent Residence fee).

  4. Financial evaluation. If the person you are sponsoring has one or more dependent children who also has one or more dependent children of their own, you must complete this form. It’s also referred to as IMM 1283.

  5. Class of application. You must indicate which class of application you are applying for in the family class sponsorship program (i.e. your spouse/common-law partner/conjugal partner). You must also indicate if you are applying for a work permit within your sponsorship application.

  6. Generic application form for Canada. This form is also referred to as IMM 0008 and it must be completed for the person being sponsored as well as their dependents (if they have any).

  7. Country specific requirements. If there are any requirements specific to the country where the person being sponsored comes from, you must submit them here.

  8. Additional family information. This form is also called IMM 5406. This form provides more information about the person being sponsored and their family.

  9. Schedule A. This is a form (also called IMM 5669) with information about the principal applicant’s background.

  10. Relationship information and sponsorship evaluation. This form is also called IMM 5532.

  11. Use of a representative. If the principal applicant (the person being sponsored) is using the assistance of an Immigration Consultant or a Lawyer, they must complete this form.

  12. Authority to release personal information to a designated individual. This is referred to as IMM 5475. You must use this form if you want to authorize IRCC to give your personal information to someone who will not act as your representative.

The next portion of the checklist provides you with a list of supporting documents which you may be required to include to prove the genuineness of your relationship to the person you are sponsoring. You may be required to include government identity documents, status documents, police certificates and clearances, photos, a medical examination, and proof of your relationship to the principal applicant.

One final note: be sure to check that the forms you are completing are the newest, most up-to-date version of the forms available. This is a common error applicants make when submitting their application. The Government of Canada regularly updates these forms and the submission of an older version may result in the return or refusal of your application package. Be sure to review your application before submitting it to ensure you haven’t made any common mistakes and errors that could easily be avoided.

Are you ready to sponsor one of your family members to come to Canada?