Who is a dependent child?
To be eligible for sponsorship, children must be defined as dependent children. This includes biological or adopted children of Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are not married or in a common-law relationship and are under the age of 22. A child over 22 years old may still be considered dependent if they have a physical or mental condition that prevents them from supporting themselves financially.
What are the requirements to sponsor your dependent child?
For a child to be granted permanent residence through family sponsorship, both the sponsor and the child must meet certain eligibility requirements. The sponsor, who must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada, must also be at least 18 years old, not be in prison, charged with a serious offense, or bankrupt. Parents are also required to provide proof of the relationship with the child, such as a birth or adoption certificate. Adoptive parents in the final stages of the adoption process can also sponsor the child before the adoption is finalized. The sponsored child must meet the definition of a dependent child and must be the biological child or adopted child of the sponsor or the sponsor’s spouse.
How much is the Minimum Necessary Income to Sponsors your Dependent Child?
To sponsor a dependent child, the sponsor must meet a minimum income requirement. This is to ensure that the sponsor can financially support the child once they arrive in Canada and that the child will not have to rely on government assistance. The minimum income requirement for a sponsor depends on the number of people in their household and is set by the government each year. The sponsor must prove that they meet this requirement by providing their most recent income tax return and a notice of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency