Find out if you can travel to Canada - Foreign national - Family - Extended family

You indicated that you are:

  • a foreign national
  • reuniting with a Canadian citizen, a person registered under the Indian Act, or a permanent resident
  • the extended family member of a Canadian citizen, a person registered under the Indian Act, or a permanent resident

To be able to enter Canada, you will need to prove you are an extended family member and have written authorization before you travel to Canada.

You will likely be allowed to enter Canada if you meet these requirements; however, the final determination will be made by a government official at the port of entry.

What you need to do next

Accompanying a family member to Canada

Accompanying a Canadian citizen, person registered under the Indian Act, permanent resident of Canada

If you’re travelling to Canada together, you need to meet the same requirements as someone who is reuniting with family already in Canada. The specific documents you need depends on your relationship with the person you are travelling with.

When you travel, bring documents to prove your family member’s status in Canada and your relationship with them.

How to complete your application for authorization and statutory declaration form

You must complete your declaration before requesting authorization.

Reuniting with an adult – If the person you’re reuniting with in Canada is 18 years or older

Step 1: Your family member downloads and fills out the application for authorization and statutory declaration form

The person who is the Canadian citizen, person registered under the Indian Act, or permanent resident must fill out this form:

Step 2: You sign the declaration

Your family member in Canada sends you the filled out application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006) for you to sign. After you sign the form, you send it back to your family member in Canada.

Step 3: Your family member signs the form by solemn declaration

Once you’ve sent the form back to your family member in Canada, they must sign the form by solemn declaration.

This is done in front of any Canadian official who is legally authorized to receive a solemn declaration, such as a:

  • commissioner for oaths
  • justice of the peace
  • lawyer or
  • notary public

If your family member is currently outside Canada

If your family member is outside Canada, there are a few options to sign the form by solemn declaration:

  • Canadian service providers who offer this service online, such as
    • some notaries public
    • commissioners of oaths
    • lawyers
  • consular officer of a Government of Canada office overseas
    • Some Canadian consular officers may not be able to perform the solemn declaration due to COVID-19.

Your best option may be to find a designated Canadian service provider.

Step 4: Get a copy of the completed and signed form

Your family member in Canada must send you a copy of the completed and signed application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006)

Step 5: Request written authorization to travel

When requesting a written authorization, you need to provide

  • a copy of the completed and signed application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006)
    • This is the evidence of your relationship with your family member.
  • proof that your family member is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident, such as a copy of their
    • Canadian birth certificate
    • Canadian passport
    • secure certificate of Indian status or certificate of Indian status
    • Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD)
    • permanent resident card or permanent resident travel document

Make sure you send us all the required information, including the completed and signed statutory declaration, in one request only. If you send us multiple requests with different information, your request will be delayed and may be refused.

You need written authorization from us whether you’re travelling from the United States (U.S.) or any other country.

How you request a written authorization depends on whether or not you already have a valid travel document (visitor visa or eTA, if needed).

Find out how to request authorization.

You should not book a flight to Canada until you get your written authorization from us.

Step 6: Bring the copy of the application for authorization and statutory declaration as well as the written authorization with you when you travel.

When you travel to Canada, you must have

  • the application for authorization and statutory declaration
    • Once the form is signed by solemn declaration, you have 6 months to travel to Canada.
    • If it’s longer than 6 months before you’ll be travelling, you’ll need a new statutory declaration.
  • your written authorization
  • your valid travel document (visitor visa or eTA, if needed)

This is mandatory. If you don’t bring these documents with you, you won’t be allowed to board your flight or enter Canada.

Reuniting with a minor – If the person you’re reuniting with in Canada is under the age of 18

If the person you’re requesting to reunite with in Canada is under the age of 18 years, they’re considered a minor. To support your request to reunite with them, the Application for Authorization and Statutory Declaration for the Parent of a Minor (IMM 0016) must be completed.

Step 1: Your family member downloads and fills out the application for authorization and statutory declaration form

The person who is the Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident, must fill out this form:

Step 2: You sign the declaration

Your family member in Canada sends you the filled out Application for Authorization and Statutory Declaration for the Parent of a Minor (IMM 0016) for you to sign.

After you sign the form, you send it back to your family member in Canada.

Step 3: Your family member’s legal parent signs the form by solemn declaration

Once you’ve sent the form back to your family member in Canada, their legal parent must sign the form by solemn declaration.

This is done in front of any Canadian official who is legally authorized to receive a solemn declaration, such as a

  • commissioner for oaths
  • justice of the peace
  • lawyer or
  • notary public

If your family member is currently outside Canada

If your family member is outside Canada, there are a few options to sign the form by solemn declaration:

  • Canadian service providers who offer this service online, such as
    • some notaries public
    • commissioners of oaths
    • lawyers
  • consular officer of a Government of Canada office overseas
    • Some Canadian consular officers may not be able to perform the solemn declaration due to COVID-19.

Your best option may be to find a designated Canadian service provider.

Step 4: Get a copy of the completed and signed form

Your family member in Canada must send you a copy of the completed and signed Application for Authorization and Statutory Declaration for the Parent of a Minor (IMM 0016).

Step 5: Request written authorization to travel

When requesting a written authorization, you need to provide

  • a copy of the completed and signed Application for Authorization and Statutory Declaration for the Parent of a Minor (IMM 0016)
    • This is the evidence of your relationship with your family member.
  • proof of parentage
    • You must include proof of parentage for the minor, such as their birth certificate.
  • proof that your extended family member is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident, such as their
    • Canadian birth certificate
    • Canadian passport
    • secure certificate of Indian status or certificate of Indian status
    • Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD)
    • permanent resident card or permanent resident travel document

Make sure you send us all required information, including the completed and signed statutory declaration, in one request only. If you send us multiple requests with different information, your request will be delayed and may be refused.

You need written authorization from us whether you’re travelling from the US or any other country.

How you request a written authorization depends on whether or not you already have a valid travel document (visitor visa or eTA, if needed).

Find out how to request authorization.

You should not book a flight to Canada until you get your written authorization from us.

Step 6: Bring the copy of the application for authorization and statutory declaration as well as the written authorization with you when you travel.

When you travel to Canada, you must have

  • the application for authorization and statutory declaration
    • Once the form is signed by solemn declaration, you have 6 months to travel to Canada.
    • If it’s longer than 6 months before you’ll be travelling, you’ll need a new statutory declaration.
  • your written authorization
  • your valid travel document (visitor visa or eTA, if needed)

This is mandatory. If you don’t bring these documents with you, you won’t be allowed to board your flight or enter Canada.

Request written authorization for family reunification from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

There are different ways to request an authorization based on what travel document you need. Before you apply, find out if you need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

If you need a visitor visa but haven’t applied for one yet

Follow the instructions for How to apply for a visitor visa. We’ll assess your reasons for travel and make a decision on your visitor visa and your written authorization at the same time.

You must submit your completed application for authorization and statutory declaration for extended family members as evidence that you’re eligible to travel at this time.

If you don’t need a visitor visa, already have one, or if you travel with an eTA

Follow the instructions below to request written authorization if you:

  • already have a valid visitor visa or an application in progress
  • have a valid eTA or need to apply for one
  • don’t need a visitor visa or eTA

How to send your request for a written authorization

Follow the instructions below to make sure your request is complete.

We’ll contact you within 14 business days of receiving your complete request.

Do not book travel before you get written authorization that you can travel.

How to fill out the web form

  • Choose “Submit a travel exemption enquiry” from the dropdown menu, then click “Continue to form”.
  • Fill in the personal information for the person who wants to travel to Canada. See below for more information on what to enter in each field.
  • Agree to the consent and disclaimer and review your request before you submit it.
Travelling with family

If you’re travelling with family, each family member that needs written authorization should submit a separate web form request. In the “Tell us about your situation” field, include the names and date of birth of the family members you’re travelling with.

Submit only 1 web form request, per person, with all the required information and supporting documents.

If you send us multiple requests for the same person with different or missing information, your request will be delayed and may be refused.

If we approve your request for a written authorization, we’ll send it to the email address you gave us.

What to enter in each field

Email address

We’ll use the email address you give us to contact you.

We can only respond to your email address. If you want us to respond to an email addresses other than your own, you must provide a Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) form to authorize another person to act on your behalf.

If you’re a representative, and you applied on behalf of someone, we’ll use the email address you provided in that application.

Unique client identifier (UCI) number

Provide your UCI to help us find you in our system. If you don’t have a UCI, you can leave this field empty.

Application number

Provide your application number. If you don’t have your application number, click the checkbox below the field to tell us you don’t have one.

What did you apply for?

Select “Temporary Residence” then select the travel document you applied for.

Tell us about your situation

Include information such as

  • a detailed reason of how you meet a travel exemption to come to Canada
  • your relationship to the family member in Canada
  • the status of the person in Canada
  • your passport number
  • the dates you plan to travel
  • where you live now (current country of residence)
  • the names and date of birth of any family members you are travelling with

If you’ve already booked your travel, provide your travel itinerary including your

  • flight number
  • departure time and location
  • arrival time and location

Upload files that support your situation

You must include a signed and completed application for authorization and statutory declaration form.

You also need to provide proof that your extended family member is a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident.

For example, you can provide a copy of their

  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Canadian passport
  • secure certificate of Indian status or certificate of Indian status
  • temporary confirmation of registration document
  • permanent resident card or permanent resident travel document

Do not include personal photos.

This answer does not guarantee entry into Canada

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