Dependent type A B C in immigration to Canada

When you immigrate to Canada, you have to fill out a bunch of forms. The most popular form is IMM 0008. We also know it as the “Generic Application Form for Canada.” Most of the questions on this form are straightforward. However, “dependent type A B C” is one of those ambiguous ones. Let’s explain this option.

Who is a dependent child?

Generally speaking, a dependent child meets one of the following criteria:

1. The child is less than 22 years of age and is not a common-law partner or a spouse, or

2. is 22 years of age or older and depends substantially on the parent’s financial support before attaining 22 years. These overage children cannot support themselves financially due to a physical or mental condition (section 2 of IRPR).

Of course, by a child, we are talking about either biological or adopted children. Keep in mind this definition applies to those children that their age lock-in date is on or after August 1, 2014. However,  if the child age lock-in date is before that date, we could have a third group of dependent children:

3. The dependent has been continuously enrolled in and in attendance as a full-time student. The education must occur at a post-secondary accredited institution. Of course, the parents have substantially supported them financially since before the age of 22.

Dependent type A B C

The dependent types come from the definitions in the previous section, namely:

  • Number 1 (i.e., children under 22 and not married) is Type A
  • Number 2 (i.e., children 22 or older but financially dependent) is Type C
  • Option 3 (i.e. specific children with age lock-in date before August 1, 2014) is Type B

Since IRCC has finalized almost all of the old immigration applications, Type B children are scarce. Consequently, in most cases, the dependent type is A and occasionally C. Of course, if you are recently applying, type B won’t be an option for you.

The following flowchart assists you in recognizing the dependent type for recent applications.

Depdendent Type A B C Immigration Canada

How to prove the child is a dependent Type C?

Sometimes your child is over 22 but financially dependent on you. However, they are only dependent if they are facing severe physical or mental challenges. If you believe your child fits this bill, consider the following:

  • Proving the dependency is not easy. You need to present several documents such as,
    • Medical records
    • Reference letters from doctors or psychologists
    • Other documents
  • A side-effect of having a Type C child is medical inadmissibility for the child and the whole family.

You could consider booking an appointment with me to see if your child is Type C and if yes, could it make you inadmissible to Canada.

What about other family members?

Other family members do not fit under “dependent type A B C.” Therefore, if you pick another family member, IMM 0008 will disable this option.

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