Ottawa plans to restrict the age of the dependent children eligible to follow their immigrant parents to Canada as soon as January 1, 2014
The change of Canadian Government, which will take effect on January 1st 2014, will redefine the definition of dependent child to someone younger than 19, rather than the current 22, and remove an exception for older children who are studying full time.
Immigration and Citizenship Canada (CIC) reports that the change reflects the government’s objectives in terms of “fueling economic prosperity, transition to a fast and flexible economic immigration system and targeting those with the skills to meet labor needs”.
Under the current law, to be considered as dependent child, they need to be under 22 and remain single. However, there is still exemption for those over 22 if they depend on the parents’ financial support and have attended school continuously as full – time students.
The new rule for dependent child will not affect those applicants in the process but those who file an immigration application after January 1st, 2014 will have to follow the new rules.