New age for dependent children of immigrants to Canada is 19 on Jan 1

Family reunification is an important component of Canada’s immigration system, as it allows immigrants who come to Canada to being their families, including their spouses and dependent children, with them. Immigrant Children

However, things do not always go as planned as Ottawa has decided to further restrict the ages of eligible dependents to just 19 while it is currently 22. In addition, children who are studying full-time and need their parents’ support will no longer be eligible for an age exemption.

The changes come from an outline of a federal government plan to change the meaning of the word “dependent” in respect to immigration. The change will come into effect on January 1st.
“The earlier in life immigrants arrive, the more their educational experience will resemble that of their Canadian-born counterparts and the easier it will be to learn and official language and adapt to Canadian cultural traits and social norms,” says the outline.

Many immigrants will be ineligible to come to Canada under age restriction

Approximately 90 per cent of the dependents who came to Canada were under 19 in 2012, but 10 per cent or just over 7,000 were over 19. Those 7,000 would now be ineligible to come to Canada under the new change.
“Age at immigration frequently determines where a person receives his or her education,” says the outline. “With the difficulties in determining a foreign credential’s value in Canada and evidence that the return on Canadian education is much higher, age at immigration becomes the most important factor in determining the economic outcome of immigrants.

Will these changes affect you and your family? Give us a call to find out – we can help you explore your options with regards to immigration in Canada.

Michael Niren

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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