Changes to Dependents Definition

January 2, 2018 Samantha Skerrett

Change to definition of dependent children to help  families stay together in Canada

October 27, 2017 - The Government of Canada has changed the definition of the age of dependants from “under 19” to “under 22,”. This  completes  a key mandate commitment of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. The change will help more immigrant families stay together. When newcomer families are able to stay together, their integration into Canada, and their ability to work and contribute to their communities all improve.

This change applies to all new applications received by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on or after October 24, 2017.

A public policy has also been added by the government that would allow for the addition or sponsorship of some children whose parents had existing applications in process on May 3, 2017, or who have applied since that time.

Those who do not qualify as dependants may still have several other options. Contact us to find out the ways someone may be eligible to immigrate to Canada.

 

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