Effective October 24, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will increase the age limit of dependent children new immigration applicants for permanent residency from 'under 19' to 'under 22.' "The change is consistent with the global socioeconomic trend for children to stay home longer, including to pursue their post-secondary education," Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said. “A higher age limit will have more positive social and cultural impacts by keeping families together. It will also better address humanitarian and safety concerns by enabling more family members of refugees to qualify as dependents.
The immigrant dependent age change from 19 to 21 will provide significant benefits:
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act includes 2 main goals:
"This change provides a wonderful opportunity for immigrant children to be educated in Canada, and Canada will benefit from the skills and abilities these immigrants will bring to Canada", says Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah. "Family reunification is an important criteria for immigrants in their decision to move to Canada, and this change benefits both those families as well as the Canadian economy when skilled immigrants choose to move here."
Anyone with a pending Canada permanent residency application who has dependents in this age range can apply to IRCC to amend their application; IRCC has stated that this will impact application processing times.
Note: This change does not affect dependents over age 22 who have a physical or mental condition and need to continue to be listed as a dependent.
Evelyn Ackah is one of Canada’s most reputable, professional and proven immigration lawyers, immigration specialist and expert in business immigration law. Sought-after for her client-focused services, immigration expertise and results-driven approach to immigration law, and as the founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law, Evelyn Ackah is at the forefront of legal and policy immigration developments to ensure her clients are fully compliant with the latest regulatory and policy changes, and that they understand the nuances and impacts of these changes to their business and their people.