Canada’s family sponsorship program helps families reunite by letting Canadian citizens or permanent residents sponsor their child or spouse abroad for a Canadian permanent residence.
Who is Qualified As A Dependent Child
- The child must either be blood-related or adopted
- The child must be under 22 years old, unmarried on the submission date of sponsorship application (and still unmarried on the date the child arrived in Canada); or
- Of any age or marital status and is continuously enrolled full-time student who is financially dependent on his or her parents before the age of 22 (or since becoming a spouse or common-law partner before 22); or
- The child is financially dependent on a parent before the age of 22 due to a disability
When is a Police Clearance Required?
If the child is under 18 years old, you will not need a police clearance. However, individuals who are over 18 will undergo a criminal record check as per the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Does the Child Need to Undergo a Medical Exam?
Every child who will undergo a sponsorship application process needs to acquire a medical exam from an approved doctor indicated by the Canadian consulate. The CIC has a list of eligible doctors in every country where you can bring in your child.
Status of the Sponsored Child
Should the application to sponsor dependent children be approved, the child will become a permanent resident at the same time as a spouse.
On the other hand, if they are not sponsored but they are on the application, they can be sponsored later until they’re no longer dependent, or they can try and immigrate on their own.
Status of a Biological Child
If you are a citizen and your biological child was born after you got your citizenship, the child becomes a citizen and does not need to be included in the application. All the child needs to have is proof of citizenship to get a Canadian passport.
On the other hand, if you are a permanent resident, where your child is born will be a basis. For children born in Canada, you don’t need to sponsor your child as he or she becomes a Canadian citizen automatically. If the child is born outside of Canada, you need to sponsor your child as part of a spousal sponsorship application or as a part of a separate child sponsorship application.
Arrival of Spouse and Child
When your sponsored family members arrive at the port of entry to Canada, they must show the border services officer their confirmation of Permanent Residence, valid passport or travel document, permanent resident visa (if they were issued), Quebec Selection Certification for those who will live in Quebec, and any other necessary documents.
In the case that the family members are already in Canada, they have to meet an immigration officer to receive their permanent residence.
Sponsoring a spouse with a dependent child is a tedious process, and you’re going to need help. That is why it’s a good idea to consult an immigration consultancy to help you through the process.
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