The Government of Canada has increased the maximum age limit of dependent child to be included during a visa application process, along with the primary applicant.
The regulatory change has been announced by the Canadian government. The previous age limit for dependent child is “Under 19”, which has now been increased to “Under 22” from Oct. 24, 2017 and still in effect.
But, on the condition that the dependent child or children as the case may be must not have a spouse or a common-law partner.
The new age limit of dependent child will be applicable to applications received by Immigration Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for all visa immigration programs active in Canada.
The raising of age limit by the government will help improve or boost the economy of Canada as more highly skilled and talented immigrants who wish to live together with their families will choose Canada as their immigration destination.
Exception to “Under 22” Rule for Dependent Child
There is, however, one exception to this rule (“Under 22”) for the dependent child. The child or children as the case may be, who depend on their parents due to adverse mental or physical health challenges, can be considered as dependent child even if they are over 22 years of age.
Benefits of this Changes for the Immigration programs
Some recent changes in the Express Entry system, like announcing of additional points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for applicants with a sibling in Canada, demonstrate that the government of Canada is committed to uniting families together while immigrating.
Aside form trying to keep families together, this recent change in the age limit of dependents encourage more young people to come to Canada and study. Or to complete their graduation in Canada and enter directly into the Canadian labor market.
As Ahmed Hussen, the Federal Immigration Minister said: “Increasing the age of dependants allows more families stay together”.
And he further added: “This will bring about economic and social improvements to our country as it increases our attractiveness as a top destination for newcomers, immigrants and refugees.”
If you wish to migrate or permanently settle in Canada with your family, you may need to get in touch with an Immigration expert for immigration process support and assistance.