New age of dependent children for Immigration to Canada

Do you wish to immigrate to Canada? Do have children under the age of 19? You may be able to bring them as dependents on your application.

Changing the Definition of Dependent Children

On August 1, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be changing the definition of dependents for immigration applications.

The definition of a dependent child will be changed from under the age of 22 to under the age of 19. This means that if your child is over 19 years old, in most cases, he or he may not be able to accompany you to come to Canada.

It is also important to note that the child’s age will be “locked in” as of the date that an application when submitted to CIC. This means if you file your application before August 1 and you have a child that is say, 21 years old, that child would qualify as a dependent. However, if you submit your application AFTER Aug 1, 2014, you are out of luck.

Also the exception of full time studies for those children over the age of 19 will no longer apply, which means if a child who is 20 years old and is financially dependent and attending school, then she or he can no longer be deemed eligible to be processed as a dependent child.

But Children, regardless of age, who are financially dependent on their parents because of mental or physical conditions still fall under the current exemptions even with this new change in the law.

Do you wish to immigrate to Canada? Do you have Children?

Feel free to contact us by completing our free online immigration assessment form or book an appointment speak to one of our immigration professionals.

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

  • A.Rasekh

    I,m 45 years old since 2001 i live in Holland.
    I got no any passport , i have ony Dutch Residence.
    Is it possie for me to immigrate to canada?

    • owen


      Thank you for the question. There may be a number of options that you could pursue, however your apparent statelessness will pose some unique challenges which could make it difficult to come to Canada. Fortunately, we have an extremely experienced team of immigration lawyers who would be happy to help you achieve your immigration goals. Please fill out a free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly


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