Dependent children, whether biological or adopted, can be sponsored by their parents to immigrate to, and live with them in Canada as permanent residents.
To be eligible to sponsor a child to Canada, a sponsor must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident living in Canada, or 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, if applicable
- Be able to prove your relationship to your child
- 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.
Children qualify as dependants if: they are:
- They are the biological or adopted child of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- They are under 22 years old
- They do not have a spouse or common law partner
Children 22 years old or older qualify as dependants if they meet both requirements below:
- They are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition
- They have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22
Except for age, a dependent child must continue to meet these requirements until we finish processing your application.