Nov 04, 2017 @ 11:30 am by Patricia Wells

On October 24, 2017, the government made a significant and much-anticipated change to the definition of “dependent child” for all immigration purposes (including skilled worker and other independent immigration programs, refugees, and sponsorship).  Starting October 24, 2017, all children under 22 years old are considered “dependents” of their parents.  This means all children under 22 years of age have the right to immigrate to Canada with their parents or be sponsored by their Canadian citizen or permanent resident parents. (Before the change, only children under 19 years old were considered “dependent children.”)

Please note: Even with this change, once children turn 22 years old, they will not be eligible even if they are still full-time students. The only exception 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, 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.

The new rules generally apply to all applications submitted after the rules changed on October 24, 2017 – and there are new forms now available and compulsory.

If you have questions about your particular situation, or for more information, please contact your own lawyer, or Patricia Wells, Immigration Lawyers at patricia@patriciawells.ca or meera@patriciawells.ca


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