Unite with Extended Family Members who are Citizens or PRs

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In early October, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced processes to support enhanced family reunification. Extended family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents can now request a written authorization to travel to Canada.

If you want to come to Canada and visit a family member who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, check below to see if you are considered as an Extended Family Member:

If your relationship is with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, to be considered as an extended family member, you must be one of the following:

  • in an exclusive dating relationship for at least 1 year and have spent time in the physical presence of that person
  • a non-dependent child (adult child)
  • a grandchild (dependent child of a non-dependent adult child)
  • a sibling, half-sibling or step-sibling
  • a grandparent

If you’re related to the spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, to be considered as an extended family member, you must be one of the following:

  • non-dependent child (adult child)
  • grandchild (dependent child of a non-dependent adult child)
  • sibling, half-sibling or step-sibling
  • grandparent

If you’re related to someone in an exclusive dating relationship with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, to be considered as an extended family member, you must be one of the following:

  • dependent child
  • non-dependent child (adult child)
  • grandchild (dependent child of a non-dependent adult child)

How to unite with your extended family member in Canada?

If you belong to the list above, follow the steps below to prepare the forms and application documents.

  1. Your family member fills out the application for authorization and statutory declaration form;
  2. You sign the declaration;
  3. Your family member signs the form by solemn declaration;
  4. Get a copy of the completed and signed form;
  5. Request a written authorization to travel;
  6. Bring the copy of the application for authorization and statutory declaration as well as the written authorization with you when you travel.

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Word of the Day:

Exclusive: not including anybody or anything else. An exclusive relationship is when the two persons involved in the relationship both agree that they will not be seeing or dating anybody else.