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  • Writer's pictureHossein Alavi, RCIC

Dependent Child in Spousal Sponsorship Process: Requirements and Eligibility Criteria

Updated: Apr 10

Sponsorship in Canada: Dependent Child

Family reunification is a key component of Canada's immigration system, and the spousal sponsorship process plays a critical role in facilitating this process. When sponsoring a spouse or common-law partner, a dependent child can also be included in the application. In this blog post, we will provide professional insights into the dependent child category from the Canadian immigration regulations point of view. We will explore the specific requirements and eligibility criteria for dependent children, along with the application process.

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Dependent Child

A dependent child is a person who is under the age of 22 and is not married or in a common-law relationship. The sponsor must provide proof of their relationship to the child, such as a birth certificate or adoption papers. In some cases, a child over the age of 22 may still be considered dependent if they are financially dependent on their parent due to a physical or mental condition.


To be eligible as a dependent child, the child must meet certain requirements. They must be related to the sponsor by blood, adoption, or marriage. They must also be dependent on the sponsor financially, and not be married or in a common-law relationship. Additionally, the sponsor must demonstrate their ability to financially support the dependent child.

In summary, the inclusion of dependent children in spousal sponsorship applications can add complexity to the process. However, understanding the eligibility criteria and requirements can help ensure a successful application. Seeking professional guidance can also alleviate stress and provide valuable insights into the process. At Immigrative, we are here to help you navigate the dependent child category and reunite with your loved ones in Canada.

At Immigrative, we specialize in providing personalized assistance for sponsorship applications, including those for dependent children. Our team of experienced professionals can guide you through the application process, ensuring that all necessary documents are prepared and submitted on time. We can also assist with reviewing your application for completeness and accuracy, increasing your chances of a successful outcome. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you bring your loved ones to Canada.


This blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For personalized advice regarding your specific immigration situation, it is recommended to consult with an authorized immigration professional.

About the Author:

This blog post is authored by Hossein Alavi, RCIC, a seasoned Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and the founder and CEO of Immigrative Visa Services Inc. and EduPal Canada. With over ten years of experience in the education and immigration sectors, he is dedicated to assisting individuals and companies with their Canadian immigration needs. Contact Immigrative Visa Services Inc. today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward realizing your Canadian dream.


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