Collective sponsorship of a refugee who is abroad
Bringing family members to Québec who are still abroad
The Government of Canada's one-year window of opportunity provisions allow you to bring family members of the person you sponsor to Québec, who were unable to accompany you due to circumstances beyond your control.
As guarantor, you may inform the person you sponsor about these procedures.
It is possible to have the following people visit under the provisions:
- de facto spouse;
- dependent children.
To submit an application, the refugee you sponsor must:
- Have been in Québec for at least one year;
- Have been admitted as a (sponsored) refugee or protected person;
- Have already indicated the name of the person the refugee wishes to bring to Québec in the Application for permanent residence in Canada (form IMM 0008).
If the person you sponsor or that person's family members do not comply with the conditions of the program, you may consider sponsorship in the family class .
Submitting an application
1. Complete the form
The refugee already in Québec must complete and sign the following form:
Demande pour faire venir au Québec les membres de la famille restés à l’étranger (Programme Délai prescrit d’un an pour personnes réfugiées ou à protéger) (PDF 225 Kb) (French only - Application to bring family members who are still abroad to Québec (one-year window of opportunity provisions for refugees or protected persons).
2. Attach proof of permanent residence
The refugee you want to sponsor must attach the following to the application:
- a two-sided photocopy of the permanent resident card; or
- a one-sided photocopy of the confirmation of permanent residence.
3. Send the application and the required documents by mail
The application, accompanied by all the required documents, must be sent by mail to the following address:
Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration
Direction de l’immigration familiale et humanitaire
285, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, 4e étage
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1T8
If the refugee you are sponsoring changes address, that person must inform the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration. The refugee may send the new address in writing to the above postal address, specifying the file number.
The refugee may also communicate with the Ministère’s Centre de contacts clientèle (Information service) .
It will take several months to review your application.
The person you are sponsoring does not have to communicate with us for a follow-up of your file within 6 months after submitting an application.
After submitting the application
After the application is submitted, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration will send an acknowledgment of receipt to the person you are sponsoring. This will indicate the person’s file number.
It then will forward the application to the Canadian visa office responsible for processing applications for the territory where the person's family members are located. It will contact the person’s family members to review their application.
If the Canadian visa office considers the person's family members are eligible for the program, they will obtain their permanent residence visa before their departure. A Certificat de sélection du Québec (Québec Selection Certificate) will be given to them upon their arrival in Québec.
Last update: August 8, 2023