Applying as a Member of the Family Class: Sponsorship of adopted children and other relatives

In June 2018, we changed our mailing address.

You now need to send your application to our office in Sydney. If you send your application to our office in Mississauga, it will be sent back to you. Find the mailing address in the instruction guide.

You need to give your biometrics

In most cases, you now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply.

Find out who needs to give biometrics and how the new application process works.

You can now apply online

We’re testing a new online immigration application. You can use it to apply(opens in a new tab) 

Use this application package if a family member in Canada has:

  • agreed to sponsor you and
  • filled out a sponsorship application after July 18, 2011

Only a family member who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor you to immigrate to Canada.

To be sponsored using this application, you must be the sponsor’s:

  • child adopted outside Canada
  • child who will be adopted in Canada or
  • brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild who is
    • orphaned
    • under 18 years old and
    • not married or in a common-law relationship


  • related to the sponsor if the sponsor does not have any other relatives that
    • can be sponsored (such as a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, uncle or aunt, niece or nephew)
      • are Canadian citizens
      • are permanents residents
      • are registered Indians

Note: If you are a Canadian citizen adopting a child from another country, you may apply for Canadian citizenship for your adopted child right away. You do not have to apply for permanent residence for your child first. If you are an adult who was adopted by a Canadian citizen, you may apply for citizenship for yourself.

Read the Instruction Guide to help you fill out your application.

General information for all applicants:

Visa office–specific instructions

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.

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


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