Dependent age “Under 22” for immigration reinstalled

The maximum age of a dependent child is to be reinstalled to “under 22” as of October 24, 2017. In 2014, the age for a dependent child to be included in his parent’s immigration application (temporary or permanent) was lowered to 19 years. This caused many hardships for families, as most people of 19 years of age were still financially dependent on their parents. These children often hadn’t finished post secondary studies and had no professional work experience that could allow them to immigrate to Canada on their own. This problem was especially difficult to handle for families applying under the sponsorship or refugee programs. Returning to the original age of under 22 showcases the Government’s commitment to family reunification.

The increased age will apply to new applications for all immigration programs under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Children who are 22 years of age or older and who rely on their parents due to a physical or mental health condition will continue to be considered dependent children.

The new higher age limit will apply to permanent residence applications received on or after October 24 2017. For applicants who submitted a permanent residence application between August 1, 2014, and October 23, 2017, the current “under 19” definition of a dependent child applies.

If you have already submitted your application for permanent residency and have a child that is between 19 and 21 years of age, you may have the option of withdrawing your application and sending a new one on or after October 24th 2017 to include your older children.

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