In October 2017, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) changed the definition of “dependent child” for Canadian immigration applications. Previously, this definition only pertained to children under 19 years of age, but the change extended it to include those who are 22 years and younger.
Keep in mind, however, that the raising of the maximum age of dependent children does not apply to applications submitted between August 1, 2014, and October 24, 2017.
The new guidelines from the CIC include:
- If the dependent is 22 years old when they become a permanent resident, their sponsorship obligation period will end either on the last day of the 10-year period after they become a permanent resident or when they turn 22 years old.
- If the dependent is above 22 years old when they become a permanent resident, the period of sponsorship will end on the last day of the 3-year period after becoming a permanent resident.
The age of the dependent doesn’t matter when the child is dependent on his or her parents for financial support before turning 19. Additionally, the CIC doesn’t consider the age of the child when he or she depends on his or her parents financially due to a physical and mental condition.
Is your application affected?
With these new guidelines, you might be wondering whether or not your application is affected. You can verify it by visiting the CIC website. There is a tool that allows you to see the details of your application and how the change has affected it. Keep in mind that the decision still lies heavily with the immigration officer assigned to your case.
Why was the change made?
The decision to increase the age limit of dependent children shows Canada’s efforts to reunify families as well as meet socioeconomic trends, in which young adults are choosing to live with their parents.
The increase of the age limit of dependent children in the country means that most immigrant children may stay with their parents during the adjustment period of applying for Canadian immigration, completing an education, and entering the labour market.
This is not the only change in regulations that have been made for family reunification in the country. Since the Liberal government came to power in 2015, they have added points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for federal Express Entry candidates with a sibling in the country, which decreases the processing times and streamlines the application process for spousal and common-law partner sponsorships.
If you have plans to move to Canada with dependent children, you must know these changes in regulations before you fill out an application form. Consider hiring an immigration consultant to help you with the process, as it could get tedious. An immigration consultant knows the ins-and-outs of the immigration process in Canada, which means that you can leave it to their hands while you patiently wait for your approval.
Canada continues to uphold the importance of families, making it one of the best countries to live in today.
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