This form is filled out by the Principal Applicant who is applying to be sponsored to come to Canada as a permanent resident. In our example, Carmen will fill out this application form.
Completing the Application Details in the IMM 0008 for a Sponsored Spouse:
The first section details with exactly what stream you’re applying to sponsor. We’ve selected:
- Family Class
- 2 as the total number of family members – the sponsor and the principal applicant. Note that neither Carmen nor Horatio have any children or ex-spouses seeing it’s the first marriage for both of them. Otherwise, you may often have to include family members like children from a previous marriage.
- English as the language of correspondence and for the interview seeing Carmen’s level of English is adequate for both and this shows she will be ready to adapt to Canadian culture.
- Finally, we have stated that Kingston ON is where the couple will be living in Canada, seeing that Horatio has a home in Kingston and works for Canadian Cable Company in Kingston.
Completing Personal Details in the IMM 0008 for a Sponsored Spouse
We now fill in the Principal Applicant’s personal information under Personal Details:
Please note that Carmen already has dual citizenship because her parents immigrated from Portugal to Brazil and passed on their Portuguese citizenship to Carmen and her brother. This may prove to be somewhat of a challenge when it comes time for Carmen to decide whether to apply for Canadian citizenship, assuming she’s accepted to come to Canada.
Next Carmen has to fill in her country of residence. Seeing she’s a Brazilian citizen, born in Brazil and living in Brazil over the past 5 years, this section is straightforward.
However, if her status in Brazil was uncertain (say she was a citizen of a third country and only had visitor status in Brazil) this could cause requests for further information and an explanation of her status.
As well she doesn’t have to list previous countries she’s lived in which simplifies filling out the form.
As you can see, because she is married and has not had a previous relationship, she does not have to fill out question 14.
Completing Contact Information in the IMM 0008 for a Sponsored Spouse
We now have to fill in her contact information:
Completing additional information in the IMM 0008 for a Sponsored Spouse
Remember to include your National Identity Document (if your country issues one) as well as your passport when filling in the form.
As neither Carmen nor Horatio have any dependents, the next section does not have to be filled out. Just click on the blue Remove Dependent button and proceed to date and sign the form.
You can also consent to have your information on your province of destination (Ontario in this case) released, or not, as you wish.
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The IMM 0008DEP is filled out by the Principal Applicant.
This form is for when you, the Principal Applicant, have more than 5 dependants. For up to and including 5 dependents you can use IMM 0008. However, for each additional dependent you must use an IMM 008Dep form. So if you six children, you have to complete one IMM 0008DEP and if you have seven children you have to complete two.
As well, at the end you have a “consent to share information” and a declaration as the principal applicant who has filled out these forms that the information is correct.