Citizenship & Immigration Canada New Rules for Dependent Child
Starting August 1, 2014 the Canadian government will redefine who can immigrate to Canada as a ‘dependent child’.
Changes to the definition of a dependent child
The age of dependency has been reduced from under twenty-two (22) to under nineteen (19) and the exception made for full-time students has also been removed. Meaning that young adults must now apply to immigrate to Canada using their own merits and skills through various economic programs.
Consequently, if a family has one or more child above the new cut-off age it may affect their decision to immigrate to Canada. However, if a child over the age of nineteen is unable to support him/herself due to a mental or physical disability that child will still be considered a dependent.
These changes are effective August 1, 2014 though applications already in progress will benefit from a multi-step transition period that will allow the pre-amendment definition of a dependent child to remain as the current applicant’s designation. These changes will not be applied retroactive.
The processing fee for dependent children will be $150.
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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