As parents, there is no disputing the fact that you want the best for your children – the best schools, clothes, and memories. In the case of Canadian parents, the best place to live in.
In recent years, cases of Canadian parents with a dependent child that isn’t from the same country have become more common. With more and more Canadians moving out of the country and exploring the world and finding love, such cases have spiked in numbers, eventually leading to a particular question:
“Can I bring my child with me to Canada and help them become a permanent citizen?”
Thanks to Canada’s Family Class Sponsorship, this once-farfetched aspiration for many mixed-citizenship families is now a readily-available option for anyone who needs it.
How the Family Class Sponsorship can help you and what to know about it
With immigration to Canada at an all-time high, the government has taken the initiative to unite families in its cause. As early as the age of 18, you can start sponsoring a dependent child to come to the country and join in the merriment of enjoying permanent residence here. To better understand the ins-and-outs of the family class sponsorship, however, let’s go over three common questions that you might have about the program itself:
1. “Who can qualify as a child in the program?”
According to the guidelines set by the government, a child is defined as a person who is under the age of 19, is unable to financially support him or herself, and does not have a spouse or common-law partner. In special cases, however, those over the age of 19 can qualify for the program if they have a mental or medical condition that requires them to heavily rely on the financial support of their parents.
2. “Who in my family can come with me when I immigrate back to Canada?”
With the help of the family class sponsorship, you can bring your children, common-law partner or spouse and their own children, and the children of your dependent child and apply for them to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents. It is worth noting, however, that you cannot bring your parents and grandparents with you because they are not recognized as dependents. Yet, you can always apply to have them join you once you are recognized as a permanent resident.
3. “How long will the entire application process take?”
Generally, there is no definite answer to this question because the total duration of the application process can vary according to several factors. For example, improperly-filled out and submitted documents will take twice as long in the application process itself because of the required do-overs.
To get a clearer picture of how long your application can take, you can always speak to your local immigration office in Canada and your country of origin or talk to an immigration expert.
Bringing your children to Canada with you to enjoy the near-endless benefits that come with permanent residency is undoubtedly a major step in one’s life. This makes it even more essential to exactly know what you’re signing up for.
If you’re looking for an immigration consulting agency in Toronto to help make the entire process smoother the first time around, get in touch with us today to see how we can help!