May 04, 2020 @ 11:30 am by Patricia Wells

According to Canadian immigration law, all children under 22 years old and unmarried are considered “dependents” of their parents.  This means all children under 22 years of age and single have the right to immigrate to Canada with their parents (including parents immigrating to Canada in skilled worker and other independent immigration programs, or as refugees or sponsored family members) and they may also be sponsored by their Canadian citizen or permanent resident parents.

Please note: The only exception to the age cut-off is for over-age children who are still dependent because of a medical condition – those children, of whatever age, are still eligible to accompany their parents and to be sponsored.

Important note: If you submitted an application for permanent residence (or if you already sponsored your parents), before October 24, 2017 (the date when the law changed), please contact your lawyer or the Immigration Call Centre (1-888-242-2100 in Canada) – there are special procedures available to add in a child over 18 who was excluded before because of the old rule.


If you have questions about your particular situation, or for more information, please contact your own lawyer, or Patricia Wells, Immigration Lawyers at 


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