Understanding Canadian Dependent Visa Eligibility

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Understanding Canadian Dependent Visa Eligibility

Are you dreaming of having your loved ones enjoy the beauty of Canada with you? Do you want to live a life with them here instead of being oceans away? This dream can quickly come true if you consider processing a dependent visa for them.

Leading Canadian immigration experts will be able to help bring your dependents to live in Canada with you. Of course, this involves thorough documentation, time, and resources as well. Here is some important information you need to know about.

Who Qualifies for a Dependent Visa?

  1. Children under 21 years of age
  2. Parents and grandparents
  3. Adopted children
  4. Close relatives
  5. Spouse/Common-law partners with a Canadian work permit

Who Can Qualify as a Dependent Visa Sponsor?

  1. Must be over 18 years old with a Canadian visa or permanent residence visa. 
  2. Must sponsor their dependents for a minimum of three years.

What Are the Terms and Conditions for a Child Visa?

A Canadian citizen or permanent resident can apply for citizenship for:

  1. An adopted child that lives outside Canada,
  2. An orphaned child from a nearby relative that meets the eligibility criteria,
  3. A sponsor’s brother, sister, nephew, niece, grandson, or granddaughter,
  4. Your child living outside of Canada that you wish to petition for citizenship.

What Are the Required Papers?

This is the general checklist of documents needed to bring dependent family members to Canada: 

  • Passports
  • Travel history
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage or divorce certificates
  • National identification cards
  • Military service documents (for example, military booklets)
  • Other civil documents
  • Proof of income to show financial capacity for sponsoring dependents
  • Application forms and Consul fees

What If You Want to Apply For Permanent Canadian Residence?

If your goal is to become a full-fledged Canadian citizen, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be eligible for citizenship
  2. Your children must qualify as dependents
  3. Only qualified immediate family members can migrate to Canada

What If You Are Only Planning a Short Trip to Canada?

You can bring your family to Canada for a restricted number of days. The Canadian Embassy might consider the following reasons upon application: 

  1. The stay is only for short durations (i.e., vacation, family visits, business trips, etc.)
  2. Proof of no criminal record
  3. See the list of countries for visa and visa exceptions

Important Notes for Sponsoring a Child Dependent

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may classify children under 22 years old as your dependent. Once the CIC approves your dependent’s visa, they will be able to stay and study within the Canadian school system. They would only consider anyone over 22 years old as dependents if they cannot support themselves because of mental or physical conditions. 

Important Notes for Sponsoring a Spouse

  • Petitioned spouses would be eligible for a Canadian work permit. This will allow your partner to seek employment in various Canadian companies for the same period as your study or work permit. 
  • If both partners would seek study permits, you must file for the permits separately. 
  • To sponsor a spouse, ensure that you can cover your spouse financially and your spouse does not need financial help from the government. 

Conclusion

There is a story behind every immigration application, and each one is unique to each applicant. Immigration is more than just going to a country; immigration builds connections to our loved ones. 

If you are longing to have your family with you, work with the best Canadian immigration company for a smooth visa application process!

If you’re looking for professional help from a trusted firm, please contact us at info@brightimmigration.com or call 1-888-404-8472.

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