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Canada is a pro-immigrant country, which has the highest rate of immigrants. People across the world, are moving to Canada to get benefitted from its world-class education system and strong employment market. In the past five years, the number of Indians migrating to Canada has escalated exponentially. The government of Canada permits such migrants to sponsor their family members, allowing them to live, study, and work in Canada.

Continue reading this article, to know more about dependant visas for Canada.

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What is a Canadian Dependant Visa?

A Canadian dependant visa is an entry permit that allows a Canadian resident to sponsor their family members (spouse, children, parents, and grandparents) to live with them in Canada.

What is the Eligibility Criteria for a Canadian Dependant Visa?

An Indian living in Canada can sponsor their family members if they meet the following requirements:

  • They must be over the age of 18 years.
  • They are either a citizen of Canada, a permanent resident of Canada, or registered under the Canadian Indian act.
  • They are required to prove that they are not receiving any social assistance.
  • They are capable enough to provide for the basic needs of their sponsor.

The Family Members should also Meet Certain Requirements to be Eligible for the Sponsorship:

Eligibility criteria for a spouse or a common-law partner:

  • The spouse should be of at least 18 years of age and legally married to the sponsor.
  • The common-law partner should be of at least 18 years of age and should be living with the sponsor for 12 consecutive months.

Eligibility criteria for a dependent child:

  • They are below the age of 22 years. Children older than 22 years are eligible only if their mental or physical condition does not allow them to be financially independent or they have been financially dependent on their parents even before the age of 22.
  • They are not married or have a common-law partner.

Eligibility criteria for a parent or grandparent:

  • The parents and grandparents should be related by blood or adopted by the sponsor.
  • The stepmother, stepfather, or step grandparent can also be eligible as a dependant, only if they meet certain requirements.

Document Checklist to Apply for a Dependant Visa-Canada

Here is the list of documents that are required to apply for a Canadian dependant visa:

  • A valid Indian passport and travel history information- IMM 5406
  • Generic application form- IMM 0008, additional family information- IMM 5404, Schedule A- background/declaration- eIMM 5669 must be submitted and filled by the person being sponsored.
  • Application to Sponsor, sponsorship agreement and undertaking (IMM 1344) must be submitted and filled by the sponsor.
  • National identification cards of the candidate.
  • Birth certificate of the candidate as well as the sponsor.
  • The PR card, Canadian citizenship card, Canadian passport of the sponsor.
  • Any document that is proof of the relationship between the sponsor and the person being sponsored.
  • If the candidate is applying for a spouse visa, documents like a marriage certificate have to be submitted.
  • If the candidate is applying for a grandparent dependant visa, documents like the birth certificate of the sponsor’s parent have to be submitted.
  • Any document that proves that the sponsor has sufficient funds to sponsor a person.
  • Additional documents like a police certificate will be required.

How to Apply for a Dependant Visa-Canada?

Follow these 7 steps to apply for a Canadian dependent visa:

  • Step 1: Get the visa application package. This application package consists of application forms and an instruction guide to fill out the application form.
  • Step 2: Fill out the application forms- both the sponsor and the person being sponsored must fill in the application forms.
  • Step 3: Pay the visa application fee. The payment can be made using a MasterCard, Visa, American Express, JCB, UnionPay credit cards and MasterCard, Visa debit card.
  • Step 4: Submit the application form
  • Step 5: Send the additional information (medical examination, police certificate and biometrics) during the processing time.
  • Step 6: Track the visa application online.

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What is the Cost of a Canada Dependant Visa?

The cost to apply for a Canadian dependant visa depends on the type of visa the candidate is applying for. Refer to the table below to know about the application costs of different dependant visas:

Dependant visa for a spouse or a partner 1080 CAD
Dependant visa for a child 150 CAD
Dependant Visa for parents or grandparents 1085 CAD
Dependant Visa for a relative (child) 150 CAD
Dependant Visa for a relative (adult) 1080 CAD

However, there are additional costs like the biometrics fee that the candidate will be subjected to.

How long does it take to Process a Canada Dependent Visa Application?

The time taken to process a Canadian dependant visa varies with each type of dependant visa. The table below shows an estimated time to process a spouse dependant visa, child dependant visa, and grandparent or parent dependant visa.

Dependant visa for a spouse or a partner 22 months
Dependant visa for a child 25 months
Dependant Visa for parents or grandparents 33 months

Top FAQs Asked by Indians Applying for Canada Dependent Visa

Yes, in most cases a dependant can work in Canada. However, they will be required to apply for their own work permit to be eligible to work.

There is usually no income criterion for a Canadian dependant visa. The sponsor needs to validate that they have sufficient funds only in cases where they are sponsoring a dependent child who has kids of their own or they are sponsoring a spouse or partner who has children of their own.

Relatives, such as a brother or sister can be sponsored in certain circumstances. They have to meet all the requirements like:

  • They are under the age of 18 years.
  • They are not married or have a common-law partner.
  • They are related to the sponsor by blood or through adoption.
  • Their parents passed away.

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