Canada has a number of programs and policies in place to facilitate the immigration and welcoming of dependents. Here are some ways in which Canada welcomes dependents:
Family Sponsorship: Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents have the opportunity to sponsor their eligible family members to come and live in Canada. This includes sponsoring spouses or common-law partners, dependent children, parents, and grandparents.
Spousal and Common-Law Partner Sponsorship: Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their foreign spouses or common-law partners to obtain permanent residency in Canada. The sponsor must meet certain Canadian eligibility criteria and commit to supporting their partner financially for a specified period.
Dependent Children: Canadian citizens and permanent residents can include their dependent children in their immigration applications. Dependent children are generally defined as those under the age of 22 and unmarried. However, there may be exceptions for children with disabilities or those who are financially dependent on their parents.
Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship: The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents for immigration to Canada. This program has a limited annual intake and requires meeting specific income requirements.
Open Work Permits for Spouses/Common-Law Partners: Spouses or common-law partners of certain Canadian skilled workers and international students in Canada may be eligible for an open work permit. An open work permit allows them to work for any employer in Canada without the need for a job offer.
Study Permits for Dependents: Dependents of individuals studying in Canada can apply for study permits themselves. This allows them to accompany their family members and pursue their own education in Canada.
It’s important to note that specific eligibility requirements and processes may vary depending on the immigration program and the individual circumstances of the applicants. It is advisable to consult with a qualified immigration consultant for the most accurate and up-to-date information.