Dependent Child Sponsorship

This program is about reuniting parents and children in Canada. Both natural and adopted dependent children can be sponsored to come to Canada as permanent residents. Both the sponsor and the child must be approved by IRCC.


Requirements for the sponsor are:

  • The sponsor must be 18 years of age; must be a Canadian permanent resident living in Canada or a Canadian citizen; and cannot be in prison, bankrupt, under a removal order (if a permanent resident) or charged with a serious offence.

Requirements for the sponsored person (dependent child) are:

  • That they must be in one of the following situations of dependency: Less than 22 years of age and is a biological or adopted child; or is 22 years of age or older and has depended substantially on the financial support of the parent since before the age of 22 and is unable to be financially self-supporting due to a physical or mental condition.

Requirements for the nature of the relationship are:

  • The Sponsored Person must be either the biological child of the parent if the child has not been adopted by a person other than the spouse or common-law partner; or the adopted child of the parent.