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Spousal Sponsorship Course Chapter 9: The Document Checklist IMM 5533 or IMM 5589 or IMM 5629

How to Complete Your Document Checklist for the Sponsorship Application (IMM 5533, IMM 5589, IMM 5629, etc.)

Start here: Sponsorship Application Table of Contents Chapter 8: IMM 5409 Statutory Declaration of Common Law Union (if applicable) Chapter 7: IMM 5406 Additional Family Information

The document checklist is one of the first forms you should print and use as a guide to make sure your sponsorship application is complete. 

It's really important to note that there are many different versions of this form. There are a few ways in which your document checklist might be different:

  • There are different document checklists for sponsoring spouses (use the IMM 5533) vs common law partners (use the IMM 5589) vs conjugal partners (IMM 5629) and
  • There are different additional requirements depending upon where your partner lives and what country he or she is from and these additional requirements aren't always included in the basic document checklist. (For example: an Afghani partner will need to complete additional IRCC forms and provide additional documents.)

However, for this example, in which are couple are married and the spouse is Brazilian, we will be using the IMM 5533 document checklist.

If you would like information about how to complete the IMM 5589 or IMM 5629, or you would like information on additional documentation for each country, please comment at the bottom of this chapter.

The document checklist has a couple of main sections and the form should be completed by both the Sponsor and the Principal Applicant. The form is divided up as follows:

 

IMM 5533 Preliminary Question: Information about Previous Examination:

This question asks The Sponsor to declare whether the Principal Applicant has already been examined for a previous Permanent Residence application and was not approved.

  • If you have never applied for a PR visa for the applicant before, answer No.
  • If you have applied for a PR visa in the past, answer Yes.

IMM 5533 Document Checklist for Sponsoring a Spouse page 1 top preliminary question

Because Carmen (the principal applicant in our case) has only travelled previously to Canada on a visitor visa, we answer No to this question.

 

IMM 5533 Document Checklist Part A: Forms Required:

As you complete each form, tick it off on this Document Checklist and make sure you save the most recent copy of the form each time you tick off another form. This will help you keep track of what you have done and what needs to be done. As you are probably realizing, a Sponsorship Application involves perhaps the largest amount of paperwork of any immigration process in Canada so it’s important to be organized.

Stay in control. Use the document checklist. You will need to include it in your application form as well.

IMM 5533 Document Checklist for Sponsoring a Spouse page 1 middle Part A: Forms Required for the Sponsor

Please note that, when you open the PDF up, each form has a link to a guide that gives you more information to help you complete the form.  Forms are listed according to who has to fill them out:

  • Sponsor (see above)
  • Principal Applicant (see below).

IMM 5533 Document Checklist for Sponsoring a Spouse page 2 top Part A: Forms Required for the Sponsored Persons

And both Sponsor & Principal Applicant:

IMM 5533 Document Checklist for Sponsoring a Spouse page 3 middle Part A: Forms Required for both parties

As we have shown above, please ensure that the correct person is completing the application, and signing it if a signature is required (see below).

 

IMM 5533 Document Checklist Part B: Required Support Documents

Next, the IMM 5533 lists Required Documents as follows:

Documents required from the Sponsor:

IMM 5533 Document Checklist for Sponsoring a Spouse page 4 middle Part B: Documents Required from the Sponsor

Documents required from the Principal Applicant (and/or other sponsored family members):

IMM 5533 Document Checklist for Sponsoring a Spouse page 5 bottom Part B: Documents Required from the Sponsored Persons

Please note that Question 7 is for the principal applicant to fill out as it asks for details of their relationship with their spouse/partner and may involve consulting with the sponsor, but this part of the form is meant to be done by the principal applicant.

IMM 5533 Document Checklist for Sponsoring a Spouse page 7 bottom Part B: Documents Required from the Sponsored Persons

 

IMM 5533 Document Checklist Signatures

Finally, there is a section on signatures. This is crucial. Use it to make sure that all the required signatures from the correct person (in our case there is only a sponsor and a spouse) are signed. Your application will not be complete without the signatures.

IMM 5533 Document Checklist for Sponsoring a Spouse page 10 top Signatures

Don’t forget to use this final part of the Document Checklist and make sure you tick each box when you have signed a document or form. If you do not have the boxes checked this may slow down your application.

Not all the next chapters are mandatory so select the correct one below:

Chapter 10: IMM 5481 Sponsorship Evaluation (dependent children only) Chapter 11: IMM 1283 Financial Evaluation (dependent children with dependent children only)
Chapter 12: IMM 0008DEP Additional Dependants Declaration (more than 5 dependent children only) Chapter 13: Country-Specific Sponsorship Forms (click here if the no dependent children)

The immigration process can feel overwhelming. Our team at Immigroup knows how to cut through all that government red tape quickly. Contact us to see how we can help you with yoursponsorship application.

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