Find out if your child is a dependant

To qualify as a dependant, your child must be within the age limit and meet the requirements of a dependent child.

The age limit of dependent children (for immigration purposes) has changed from “under 19” to “under 22.” This change applies to all new applications received on or after October 24, 2017.

We also have a temporary public policy in place that allows eligible dependants to be added to applications or to be sponsored by their parents (depending on the status of the application), if their parents had an existing application in process on May 3, 2017, or applied between May 3, 2017, and October 23, 2017.

If you are a Canadian citizen, your child may already be a Canadian citizen, even if your child was born outside Canada.

If you are a Canadian citizen, a registered Indian, or a permanent resident, you may be eligible to sponsor your child.

Important: This information is for reference only. No immigration decision will be made based on your answers to this questionnaire.

What are you applying for?

  • Visitor visa, study permit or work permit
  • To work and live permanently in Canada
  • To be sponsored as a family member
  • To immigrate as a refugee or protected person
  • For humanitarian and compassionate considerations
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