As of October 24, 2017, the age of a dependent child who is included in the parent’s immigration application will be up to the age of 22. The child must not be married in order to be considered part of the parent’s application. However, the new definition of the child will be implemented after October 24, 2017. The current the definition of a dependent child covers children under the age of 19.
The new definition of an dependent child will only apply to applications submitted after 24 October 2017. IRCC clarified that a retroactive implementation of the “new child’s definition” could cause delays in the approval of current applications for permanent residence across various migration programs. However, it was clarified that individuals who applied on or before 31 July 2014 and who were still in process would be subject to the definition of the dependent child at the time of their application.
The proposed changes will lead to a successful and faster integration of young adults into Canadian society. Moreover, it seals a better future of Canada as more young blood will be in there.
IRCC also stated that education is also considered as an important factor in increasing the minimum age. As per the statement, given the importance of education, it is usual for children to remain with their family as long as they pursue higher education before they enter the labor market. The proposed change in the maximum age of dependent child is in line with the current trend.