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How long am I financially responsible for the family member or relative I sponsor?

The “length of undertaking” is the time period you’re financially responsible for the person you sponsor. It starts on the day the person you sponsor becomes a permanent resident.

Note: The length of undertaking changed on October 24, 2017, to match the new age limit for dependent children. It went from “under 19” to “under 22.”

The length of undertaking depends on:

You are still financially responsible even if:

Applications received on or after October 24, 2017
Person you sponsor Length of undertaking
All provinces except Quebec Quebec
Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner Three years Three years
Child under 13 years of age 10 years Minimum 10 years, or until age 18, whichever is longer
Child 13 to 21 years old 10 years, or until age 25, whichever comes first Minimum three years, or until the age of 22, whichever is longer
Child 22 years of age or older Three years Minimum of three years, or until the age of 25
Parent or grandparent 20 years 10 years
Other relative 10 years 10 years
Applications received before October 24, 2017
Person you sponsor Length of undertaking
All provinces except Quebec Quebec
Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner Three years Three years
Child under 13 years of age 10 years Minimum 10 years, or until age 18, whichever is longer
Child 13 to 19 years old until age 22 Minimum three years, or until the age of 22, whichever is longer
Child over 19 years of age Three years Minimum three years, or until the age of 22, whichever is longer
Parent or grandparent 20 years 10 years
Other relative 10 years 10 years

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