Definitions of Dependent Child Before August 1st, 2014

This page is destined to persons affected by transitional provisions concerning the definition of dependent child.

Definitions of dependent child (types A, B and C)

Your child or the child of your spouse or common-law partner can be considered a dependent child if that child meets the requirements of types A, B or C below:

Type A

The child is under the age of 22 and is single (not married and not in a common-law relationship).

Type B

The child has been continuously enrolled in and in attendance as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution accredited by the relevant government authority and has depended substantially on the financial support of a parent either:

  • since before the age of 22, or
  • since marrying or entering into a common-law relationship (if it happened before the age of 22).

Type C

The child is 22 years of age or older, has depended substantially on the financial support of a parent since before the age of 22, and is unable to provide for himself or herself because of a medical condition.

Note: Dependent children must meet the above requirements on the day the Case Processing Centre receives a complete application. Whether or not they have attained the age of 22, children falling under type A must not be married or be involved in a common-law relationship at the time of visa issuance and when they enter Canada.

Calculate the fees for your dependent children (if applicable)

Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid.

1. The processing fee which must be included with your application.

Processing Fee Number of persons Amount per person Amount Due
Type A:Child under 22, unmarried and not in a common-law relationship   x $150  
Type B: Child aged 22 or older and a full-time student   x $550  
Type C: Child aged 22 or older who is unable to be financially self-supporting due to physical or mental condition   x $150  
Total Payment:  

Note: If your child is under 22 and the principal applicant, the fee is $75. If that child is 22 or older, the fee is $475.

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