Age definition of Dependent Children for Canadian Immigration to increase October 24th
In May 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced, that starting October 24th, applicants will be able to add children under the age of 22, not married or in a common-law partnership to their immigration applications.
As per previous regulations that came into effect August 2014 the age of dependent children was decreased to 19 years.
Applications submitted in between of August 2014 and October 24th, 2017 will not be affected. As per IRCC, if these applications will be affected, a huge backlog in finalizing permanent resident applications will appear, which will impact processing time of most of the available programs. An exception to this regulation is dependent children who rely on parents financially due to mental or physical conditions.
“Raising the age of dependent children will let families stay together, making Canada even more attractive as a destination of choice for immigrants and refugees”.
Minister of Immigration Ahmad Hussen