The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship fulfilled a key mandate on October 27, 2017, by announcing that the definition of the age of dependants has been changed. Previously, the age of dependants was defined as “under 19” but with the change, the new definition will be “under 22.”
According to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, this change will ensure more individuals can remain with their families, keeping families together. The Minister reports that keeping families together is a key mandate for the government of Canada and that keeping families together strengthens communities and facilitates integration into Canadian society.
All new applications Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) receives on or following October 24, 2017, will be subject to the new rule. Children who are over the age of 22 but are dependent on their parents due to a medical or mental condition will continue to qualify for dependent status.
What Can I Do If My Child is a Dependant Under the New Rule?
If you have an existing application in the process as of May 3, 2017, you may also be able to sponsor or add children if they qualify under the new rules. An online web tool can help applicants determine if their child qualifies as a dependant. If your child qualifies and your application is already under process as of May 3, 2017, you will need to notify IRCC immediately. You have until January 31, 2018, to notify the IRCC that you wish to add or sponsor your child. The IRCC will contact you to explain how to add your child to the application.
If your child does not qualify as a dependant, he or she may be able to immigrate to Canada independently on their own. Immigration Direct has resources to help you find ways you can immigrate and resources to help you apply. From FAQs to detailed information to help you apply, Immigration Direct has the resources you need.