The objective of the Family Class of immigration is to reunite close family members in Canada.
Through the Family Class, Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their dependent children, parents and grandparents, spouse, common-law, and conjugal partners.
The Government of Canada has a strong commitment to keeping families together whenever possible, consequently the Canadian government immigration authorities treat Family Class applications is a high priority.
In most situations, individuals seeking to enter Canada via the temporary foreign worker or permanent residency programs have the right to bring their dependents to Canada with them.
This includes any and all dependent children, however there may be some circumstances where this may not possible at the time of immigration. The Canadian government is committed to helping immigrants bring their dependents into Canada and to this end, it has created a special program for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have dependent children abroad.
The Dependent Child Sponsorship Program
Dependent children both natural and adopted, may be sponsored to live with their parent(s) as permanent residents in Canada. The child sponsorship program is a subsection of the Family Class of immigration.
In order to be eligible for this program, both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (also called the ‘sponsor’) and their child abroad (the ‘sponsored person’) must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa.
It must be noted that the sponsor as well as the sponsored person must to prove their relationship to one another before they receive a visa through this immigration program.
Individuals whose adoption proceedings are in the final phases of processing may begin sponsoring their child before the adoption has been finalized. Be sure to read the specific requirements for the program, as well as some additional general requirements for Canadian sponsorship.
Children sponsored through the Family Class of immigration receive Canadian permanent residence. This includes the right to study and work in Canada.
To find out if you and your child/children are eligible for this program, please fill out a free assessment.