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How can I include a dependent child on my application?

Before you include a dependent child on your application, use our online tool to make sure they qualify. If they do, you will see specific instructions on how to include them on your application or send us a request to add your dependant to your existing application.

To include your child on your application

Follow the instructions in your application guide to properly fill out the forms and submit the correct fees for your dependant.

To add your child to an existing application

You must send us a request to add your child. When we receive your request, we will tell you, by mail or email, what documents you need to submit. For example, you may need to send us:

To reduce delays, please send us the information we need to process your dependent child as soon as possible.

We may refuse your application if your child is inadmissible to Canada.

You can’t add a child to your application if we finished processing your application and you have already become a permanent resident.

New age limit for dependants

On October 24, 2017, the age limit for dependants changed from “under 19” to “under 22.” This change applies to all new applications received on or after October 24, 2017.

However, if you submitted your application before October 24, 2017, and your child did not meet the age limit and requirements in force during that time, you may still be eligible to add or sponsor your child under a public policy if:

  • your application for permanent residence was either:
    • pending on May 3, 2017, or
    • was received by us between May 3, 2017, and October 23, 2017
  • you had identified your child as “additional family” on your application
  • your child was 19, 20, or 21 years of age on May 3, 2017, or on the date we received your application for permanent residence (if received between May 3 and October 23, 2017)
  • your child does not have a spouse or common-law partner
  • your child is not inadmissible to Canada

Use our online tool to see if your child might qualify under this public policy. If it indicates your child might be eligible, you will see specific instructions on how to send us a request to add or sponsor your child, depending on the status of your application.

You should notify us as soon as possible as the notification period ends on January 31, 2018.

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