Can I sponsor a child who is over the age limit for a dependant?
On October 24, 2017, the age limit for dependants changed from “under 19” to “under 22.” You can sponsor a child who is 22 years of age or older if they meet both of these requirements:
- they have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22, and
- they are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition
If your child is over the age limit and is not financially dependent on you due to a mental or physical condition, you may be eligible to sponsor your overage child if you meet all these requirements:
- your application for permanent residence was either:
- pending on May 3, 2017, or
- was received 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 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 check if your child qualifies as a dependant. If they qualify, you will see specific instructions on how to send us a request to sponsor your child. You have to notify us by January 31, 2018.
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