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How many new applications for parent and grandparent sponsorship will be accepted for intake every year?

CIC will accept 10,000 new and complete applications for intake.

Who qualifies as a “Dependent Child”?

For Family Sponsorship purposes, a dependent child means a child who is:

  • Under 19 and unmarried on the date the application for sponsorship is submitted (and still unmarried on the date the child lands in Canada); or
  • Of any age or marital status and is a continuously enrolled full-time student, who is financially dependent on his or her parents since before the age of 19 (or since becoming a spouse or common-law partner, if this happened before 19); or
  • Is financially dependent on a parent since before the age of 19 because of a disability.

What financial criteria must be satisfied to qualify as a sponsor?

The sponsor must be able to demonstrate the financial ability to provide for the essential needs of the Family Class applicant and dependents (sponsored family members).

The financial ability requirements may not apply where the sponsored individual is a spouse and/or one or more dependent children.

What other agreements must the sponsor enter into?

The sponsor is obliged to enter into a sponsorship agreement with the sponsored family member(s). By signing this agreement, the sponsor agrees to provide for the essential needs of the sponsored family member(s).

How long will the entire sponsorship process take?

The length of the sponsorship process varies depending on the Visa Office to which the Family Class application is submitted. Sponsorship cases are processed on a priority at all Visa Offices.

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