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Dependent Child Sponsorship

Family Class of immigration is Family Reunification in Canada.

Through the Family Class, Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their dependent children, parents and grandparents, spouse, common-law, and conjugal partners.

The Government of Canada has a strong commitment on family reunification in all possibilities that they could. As such, processing of Family Class applications is a top priority of any Canadian Visa Offices. Families across all immigration stream can stay together when they come to Canada and older immigrant children will have the opportunity to study and finish their courses and use their education as a weapon for a better workforce in Canada.

Individuals coming to Canada as temporary foreign workers or permanent residents have the right to bring their dependents, including all dependent children. However, circumstances arise when this is not possible at the time of immigration. For Canadian citizens and permanent residents with dependent children abroad, the government has created a special program to facilitate their loved ones’ entry into Canada.

Dependent Child Sponsorship Program

Dependent children, both natural and adopted, may be sponsored to live with their parent(s) as permanent residents in Canada. The child sponsorship program is a subsection of the Family Class of immigration.

For the applicant to be eligible for this program, both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (also called the ‘sponsor’) and their child abroad (the ‘sponsored person’) must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa.

To receive a visa through this immigration program, the sponsor and the sponsored person will be required to prove their relationship to one another. Individuals whose adoption proceedings are in the final phases of processing may begin sponsoring their child before the adoption has been finalized. Be sure to read the specific requirements for the program, as well as some additional general requirements for Canadian sponsorship.

After Sponsorship

Children sponsored through the Family Class of immigration receive Canadian permanent residence including the right to study and work in Canada.