Dependent Child Sponsorship
If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to sponsor your dependent child to live with you in Canada. In this guide, we’ll explain the eligibility requirements, benefits, and application process for dependent child sponsorship.
To sponsor your dependent child to live in Canada, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must be able to financially support your child and meet the minimum necessary income requirements.
- Your child must be under the age of 22 and unmarried.
- Your child must be a dependent child, which means they rely on you for financial support and are unable to support themselves due to a mental or physical condition.
If you meet these requirements, you may be eligible to sponsor your dependent child to live in Canada.
Benefits of Dependent Child Sponsorship
Sponsoring your dependent child to live in Canada offers a number of benefits, including:
- Reuniting with your child: Dependent child sponsorship allows you to reunite with your child and bring them to live with you in Canada.
- Access to healthcare and education: Your child will have access to Canada’s healthcare system and educational institutions.
- Opportunity to apply for permanent residency: Dependent children who are sponsored to live in Canada may be eligible to apply for permanent residency once they meet the eligibility requirements.
- Ability to work in Canada: Once your child is in Canada, they may be eligible to work and contribute to the Canadian economy.
Sponsoring your dependent child to live in Canada involves a multi-step application process that can take several months to complete. Here are the steps involved:
Step 1: Determine your eligibility
Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for sponsoring your dependent child to live in Canada. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible, consult an immigration lawyer or consultant for guidance.
Step 2: Gather supporting documents
- You’ll need to provide several supporting documents with your application, including:
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- Proof of your Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status
- Proof of your child’s identity
- Evidence that your child is your dependent and relies on you for financial support
- Proof of your income and financial resources
- Police certificates and medical exams for you and your child (if required)
Step 3: Complete the application forms
You’ll need to complete several forms as part of your dependent child sponsorship application, including:
- Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344)
- Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)
- Additional Dependants/Declaration (IMM 0008DEP)
- Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)
Step 4: Submit your application and pay the fee
- Once you’ve completed the forms and gathered the necessary supporting documents, you can submit your application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). You’ll need to pay a processing fee as part of the application process.
Step 5: Wait for a decision
IRCC will review your application and make a decision on whether to approve your sponsorship. If your sponsorship is approved, your child will be able to apply for a temporary resident visa or study permit (if applicable) to come to Canada.
Sponsoring your dependent child to live in Canada can be a complex process, but it’s well worth it to reunite with your child and provide them with the opportunities Canada has to offer. By following these steps and providing the necessary documentation, you’ll be on your way to sponsoring your child to live with you in Canada.