Are you wondering, "who is eligible to sponsor a dependent child to come to Canada?"
If you are over the age of majority, which is eighteen in Canada, and you are a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen, you are eligible to sponsor your child so they may join you, here in Canada.
The Canadian government defines a child as a person who does not have a spouse or common-law partner, who is under the age of 19 and unable to financially support themselves.
Alternatively, if a person is over the age of 19 but still relies heavily on the financial support of their parents due to their medical or mental condition can also be considered a dependent.
Please be aware of the process for applying to sponsor your child, and ask for help should you have questions because this is a complicated process that must be done right or you risk losing your application or extending the process unnecessarily.
There are two different forms that pertain to the sponsorship process and depending on where your child currently lives the process varies slightly. If your child is already living in Canada then you need to fill out a form pertaining to local sponsorship.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help with the form should the instructions be unclear at any point because your application will be returned if the form is not filled in correctly and this will delay your application.
Here are 3 other common questions, answered.
Can my parents come with me when I immigrate?
Your children and your common law partner or spouse are welcome to join you when you immigrate to Canada. If your dependent child has a child then that child is also eligible to join you in Canada.
If your spouse has dependent children, they are also welcome to join you when you immigrate to Canada. Unfortunately, your parents and grandparents are not considered dependents and may not immediately immigrate with you.
However, after you have immigrated and your status as a permanent resident is recognized, you can apply to have your parents or grandparents join you and your family.