Canada: Dependent Visa Update
The Government of Canada is committed to keeping families together. Through the Family Class, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of 18 years and older can sponsor their dependent children, parents, grandparents, spouse, common-law, and conjugal partners.
As of October 24, 2017, members of the family class can be sponsored for a dependent visa if they are:
- Dependent children under 22 years of age, who do not have a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner.
- The dependent child must be the biological child of the parent or the adopted child of the parent.
- The dependent child must prove to be financially dependent on the parent.
- The dependent child is unable to financially support him/herself due to a physical or mental condition.
- Children aged 22 and older who have depended substantially on the financial support of their parent(s) since before the age of 22 years, and who are unable to be financially self-supporting due to a physical or mental condition, may also be considered dependent.
- You will need to provide proof of your relationship to your dependent children.
- The children being sponsored will need to undergo a criminal and medical examination. Dependent children who have a criminal record or a contagious medical condition may be prevented from entering Canada.
- The medical examination must go through a physician who is approved by the Canadian government.
This change in the eligible age from under 19 years to under 22 years is intended to create a positive social and cultural impact by keeping families together. “Raising the age of dependents lets more families stay together. This will bring economic and social gains to our country as it enhances our attractiveness as a destination of choice for immigrants and refugees,” Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration
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