IRCC to Increase the Age of Dependents

On May 3, 2017, the federal government announced new regulatory changes to increase the maximum age of a dependent child from the current “under 19” to “under 22”.

The new age limit will come into effect on October 24, 2017 and will apply to new applications for all immigration programs under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), including refugees received on or after this date.

For applicants who submitted a permanent residence application between August 1, 2014 and October 23, 2017, the current “under 19” definition of a dependent child applies. Dependents who are 22 years of age or older and who are unable to support themselves due to a physical or mental condition would continue to be eligible as a dependent.

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