Sponsor your children

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.

Sponsor Requirements:

  1. Age & Residency: Must be 18 or older.
  2. Status: Either a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
  3. Residency Expectations: Canadian citizens outside Canada should intend to return when their sponsored dependent becomes a permanent resident.
  4. 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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