Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has officially announced that the maximum age for dependent child who can be included in the primary immigrant application will be raised. Starting from October 24, 2017, primary applicant can also put the names of their children who are at or below 21 years of age on their immigration application.
The dependent children should not be married or in a common-law relationship. According to the current regulation, only those children who are below 19 years of age can be included in the application for permanent residency to Canada through refugees / humanitarian, family and economic programs.
The changes will be applicable on applications that will be submitted on or after 24th October 2017.
Children who are aged 22 or above and depend considerably on the financial support from their parents even before they attained the age of 22 years, and those who are not able to support themselves financially due to mental or physical conditions, can also be considered as dependent.
It has been confirmed by IRCC that the change in age limit will not be applied retroactively to applications that are submitted on or after August 1, 2014 and before October 24, 2017. The reason for this decision is being given to be that in case change is applied to applications that are already in process will cause a pause in finalizing the applications for permanent residence and this will ultimately effect the processing times of different programs.
Canada Gives Priority to Family Reunification
The proposal to raise the maximum age of dependent children had long been pending with IRCC ever since the present government took to power back in November, 2015. The present government has always given importance to family reunification and considered it as a priority in the immigration system.
The economic success and integration of new immigrants coming to Canada will improve as families get to live together. The change in maximum age for dependent children is considered as an important factor to proceed its objective of family reunification.
As per reports put out by IRCC for the past few years, there has been an increase in trend of children remaining emotionally and financially dependent on their parents for a longer duration. The change in regulation has been done keeping this trend in mind.