Updated: July 4th, 2024

Child or Other Dependent Sponsorship Visa

Under the Canadian government’s family sponsorship plan for reuniting family members, Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are parents can sponsor their children or other dependents for long-term residence in Canada. Eligible candidates are unmarried children under the age of 22, whether they are biological descendants or adopted by the sponsoring parent.

The Requirements

As with any other sponsorship visa, the sponsor must meet the specific requirements of the pathway:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Not be in prison, charged with a serious criminal offense that might result in jail time, or bankrupt.

Parents who wish to sponsor their children’s immigration journey must provide the Canadian government with proof of their relationship with the child. This can be done by submitting either a birth certificate or an adoption certificate. It’s important to note that parents who are in the final stages of the adoption process may sponsor the child before the adoption process is completed.

Whether the child is a biological or adopted child, they must have a proven relationship with either the sponsor or the sponsor’s spouse.

Parents who want to sponsor a child must be able to prove that they meet the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI). If the child has children of their own, the sponsor must meet the minimum requirement for the family unit.

Reunite with Your Family Members

If you would like to sponsor your child’s or another dependent’s immigration journey to Canada, we invite you to benefit from our expert guidance through this process. By partnering with UIS Canada, you will have a team of highly qualified professionals who are knowledgeable about various visa types, including those under the Family Sponsorship program.
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for you and your family members, please submit your contact information by clicking here.


What is the pool?
To be included in the pool you must qualify for one of the specific immigration programs listed under Express Entry. You must also score a minimum of 67 points on your immigration profile. Points are awarded for educational and professional qualifications, work experience, age, language ability, and more. The Canadian government selects the most suitable candidates from the pool and issues them with an official invitation (known as ITA) to become Canadian residents.
How many points do I need to get selected?
The Express Entry system uses what it called the Comprehensive Ranking System, a formula that takes into account your education, skills and experience, those of your husband/wife or partner, and whether you have a specific job offer. These factors go to build up your score out of a possible maximum of 1200. As mentioned, the higher the points you score, the greater the possibility to be selected from the pool.
How long does it take to move to Canada?
The idea of starting a new life in Canada is very exciting. But please be prepared that getting selected for an immigration program takes time. This is why the Express Entry program is extremely popular - the Canadian government aims to select candidates within 6 months. Time may significantly vary between immigration programs; the individual process of each program, government policies, the complexity of your case, and more, may affect the time it would take you to move to Canada.
Are there any goverment fees?
Like many other countries worldwide the Canadian government charges fees for the processing of immigration entries. Depending on the specific program you entered, the size and age of your family, and more – you may need a few hundred to several thousand Canadian dollars. Please note that all government fees are non-refundable. This is one of many reasons you should prepare well for your immigration process, gain as much knowledge as you can, and if possible, seek help from professionals in this field.

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