The Government of Canada has increased the maximum age limit of a dependent child to be included during a visa application process, along with the primary applicant.
The Canadian government has announced the regulatory change. The previous age limit for a dependent child is “Under 19”, which has now been increased to “Under 22” from Oct. 24, 2017, and is 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 children will apply to applications received by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for all visa immigration programs active in Canada.
Raising the 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.
The exception to the “Under 22” Rule for Dependent Child
There is, however, one exception to this rule (“Under 22”) for the dependent child. As the case may be, the child or children who depend on their parents due to adverse mental or physical health challenges can be considered dependent children even if they are over 22 years of age.
Benefits of these Changes for the Immigration programs
Some recent changes in the Express Entry system, like announcing 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 from trying to keep families together, this recent change in the age limit for dependents encourages more young people to come to Canada and study. Or to complete their graduation in Canada and enter the Canadian labor market.
As Ahmed Hussen, the Federal Immigration Minister, said: “Increasing the age of dependants allows more families to 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 contact an Immigration expert for immigration process support and assistance.