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The main purpose of the sponsorship of dependent children, is to enable family members who reside in different countries to be reunited and live together in Canada.

Dependent children, whether biological or adopted, can be sponsored to live with their parent(s) as permanent residents in Canada.

Am I eligible to sponsor my child?

To be eligible to sponsor your child to come to Canada, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older

  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident living in Canada, intending to return to Canada, or a person registered under the Indian Act of Canada

  • Be able to provide for your basic needs and those of your dependent children as well as your spouse

  • Not have a criminal record

  • Not be in prison, charged with a serious offence, or bankrupt

  • Not be in default of a previous sponsorship undertaking

  • Not be under immigration investigation

  • Not be receiving income assistance, except for reasons of disability

Does my child qualify for sponsorship?

To be eligible for sponsorship, children must fall under the definition of a dependent, meaning they are:

  • The biological or adopted child of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

  • Not married or in a common-law relationship

  • Under the age of 22


A child over the age pf 22 may also qualify as a depends providing, they meet the following two requirements:

  • They suffer from a physical or mental condition that prevents them from being able to support themselves

  • They have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22

With the exception of age, a dependent child must continue to meet these requirements until Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada has finished processing the sponsorship application

Contact Lumen Immigration for more information about dependent children sponsorship or assistance applying for dependent children sponsorship.

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