I want to bring my child as a dependent when teaching abroad. When they turn 18, will they have to return home?

If your child is under the age of 17 when they first arrive in the country, but then turn 18 while living there, are they still considered a dependent?

Sponsorship for dependents is normally valid from the start date of your contract and expires at the end of your contract, regardless of age. In this case, your child should be able to live with you until the contract ends, but you should always check with your Placement Coordinator to confirm the specifics for your country and program.

If you were to extend your contract, your child’s age means they would no longer qualify as a dependent and would need to make their own visa arrangements if they were to remain in the country.