Sponsor your children
Family Sponsorship for Dependent Children in Canada: An Overview
For Canadian citizens or permanent residents wishing to bring their dependent children to Canada, the country offers a family sponsorship route to make it possible.
- Age & Residency: Must be 18 or older.
- Status: Either a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
- Residency Expectations: Canadian citizens outside Canada should intend to return when their sponsored dependent becomes a permanent resident.
- Financial Capacity: Sponsors should not be on social assistance (except for disability reasons) and must commit to financially supporting the dependent child.
Duration of Responsibility:
- Younger Dependents: For dependent children under 22, the commitment is 10 years or until they turn 25.
- Older Dependents: For those 22 and older, the commitment is 3 years.
Agreement: A mutual agreement must be made where:
- The sponsor agrees to meet the child’s basic needs.
- The child (if old enough) agrees to support themselves and their dependents.
Income Stipulations: While there isn’t usually an income requirement, sponsors need to prove adequate income if the child being sponsored also has dependents.
Who Qualifies as a Dependent:
- Children under 22 without a partner or spouse.
- Children over 22, if they have a disability that prevents them from being self-supporting or if they’ve been financially dependent since before turning 22.
Application Process: Applications for dependent children are submitted under the Family Class, and are processed outside of Canada.
In a nutshell, Canada’s sponsorship program for dependent children allows families to stay united, offering the child a chance to experience the privileges of being a permanent Canadian resident.
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