How to Sponsor Your Child for Canadian Sponsorship?

Canada’s sponsorship stream provides many immigration programs that allow Canadians to sponsor their family members for immigration to Canada. The country in an effort to maintain family reunification and keep loved ones together makes the process easy for several Canadians.

The country allows Canadians to sponsor

  • Spouse, common-law, or conjugal partner
  • Parent or Grandparent
  • Child or another dependent child
  • Orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild
  • Other relatives

In the blog, we will walk you through how to sponsor your Child. An individual who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor a child to come to Canada and live with his or her parents for the purpose of attaining permanent residence status. An important reason to sponsor a dependent child is to reunite family members who live in different countries.

What are the child qualifying requirements?

To stand eligible for sponsorship, a child must be dependent on parents and they are:

  • A child of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or their spouse
  • Are unmarried or in a common-law relationship
  • Are under the age of 22

In addition, if a child is above the age of 22, they may be eligible as a dependent if they:

  • Have a pertaining physical or mental condition that stops them from being able to support themselves
  • Are dependent on their parents for financial support before the age of 22

What are the sponsor eligibility requirements?

To sponsor your child, a child must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident 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 child, as well as your spouse.
  • Be able to prove the relationship to your child
  • Not have a criminal record
  • Not be in prison, charged with a serious offense, or be bankrupt
  • Not be in default of a previous sponsorship undertaking
  • Not be under immigration investigation

How long does sponsorship processing time take?

Sponsorship applications take nearly 12 months to process from start to end. They are typically processed within 12 months, however, can take longer depending on the type of your case.

How to sponsor a dependent child in Quebec?

If you want to sponsor your dependent child to move to Quebec, you need to follow certainly a different procedure as the Canadian province has its own immigration procedures. To qualify, you need to;

  • Fill an application at Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation and de l’Intégration (MIFI) and an application with Immmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  • Apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (QSC) and file an ‘undertaking’ with the province.

The undertaking needs you, as a sponsor, to provide for the basic needs of the dependent child and compensate the government for the assistance offered to the sponsored people during the sponsorship period.

Austin Campbell

Austin has been quite active in the immigration arena since 2010. He has authored over 250 immigration publications, given over 70 presentations, and organized numerous events featuring federal and provincial immigration ministers and leaders from other sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Durham University.
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