Dependents of Canadian immigrants must be under the age of 19 – not 22 – as of Jan 1

The Toronto Star has reported that a seven-page outline of a plan to change the definition of a dependent child says the government will be reducing the accepted age of dependent children from 22 to the age of 19 after January 1st, as well as removing the previous exemption that allowed children over the age of 22 to be eligible provided they were full-time students. Immigrant Children

The plan says, “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 an official language and adapt to Canadian cultural traits and social norms.”

Many immigrant children no longer eligible to come to Canada

In 2012, almost 65,000 sponsored children who came to Canada were under the age of 19, making up 90 per cent of the total sponsored children. However, a further 10 per cent, or just over 7,000, were over the age of 19.

Under the new restrictions that are set to take effect in January, those 7,000 would no longer be eligible to come to Canada as sponsored children.

The outline suggests that those who will now be ineligible to come to Canada could apply to become international students in Canada, and then immigrate on their own once they’ve graduated.

However, the new restrictions raise some concerned because of the length of time some permanent residency applications take – those who have dependent children of the appropriate age now may have missed the cut-off once their application has been processed and they can apply to sponsor their dependent children.

Are you concerned about how these changes may affect you and your family? Contact our immigration law firm for assistance, we can help!

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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