The Government of Canada has a strong commitment to keeping families together whenever possible. Because of this, processing of Family Class applications is a high priority at Canadian
Canadian citizens or Permanent residents who are 18 years and older can sponsor their dependent children to live with them as permanent residents . A Dependent Child, in relation to a parent who is applying for residency in Canada, is
- Either the biological or adopted child of the parent,
- Under 19 years of age
- Neither married nor in a common-law relationship.
Children sponsored through the Family Class of immigration receive Canadian permanent residence. This includes the right to study and work in Canada.