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Upcoming Changes to Age of Dependent Child

May 19, 2017
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The new changes that will come into effect this fall, on October 24, 2017, will allow more families to stay together. The Government of Canada has published regulatory changes to increase the maximum age of a dependent child from the current “under 19” to the new age limit of “under 22”.  Children who are 22 years of age or older and who rely on their parents due to a physical or mental health condition will continue to be considered dependent children.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada continues to focus on family reunification as being a key immigration commitment of the Government of Canada. A higher age limit will have more positive social and cultural impacts by keeping families together.

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