1. Keep IRCC up to date
Question & AnswerI’ve applied to sponsor someone outside Canada. What happens next?
It's important to let Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) know right away if there's a change in:
- your address
- your contact information or other information that you included in your application
- who is representing you, as stated in your Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) form
For example, you must tell IRCC if you or anyone you listed in your application:
- gets married or has a new or
- separates, divorces, or is widowed
- gives birth to a child
- is charged or convicted of a criminal offence
If you don't tell IRCC about these changes when they happen:
- the processing of your application can be delayed
- your application can be refused
And it could even lead to your or :
- losing status in the future, and
- never being able to be sponsored to come to Canada, even in a later application.
This could happen if IRCC gives them permanent resident status without knowing about the changes.