The Government of Canada has just increased the maximum age for a dependent child from 19 to 22 years, which will apply to all Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship programs, including refugee claims. In addition, children over 22 years of age with physical or mental illness will always be considered dependent children. This change allows immigrants to more easily qualify as dependent children and guarantees a better reception for families.
This enhancement will facilitate the process for families wishing to immigrate to Canada with their 22-year-old children. According to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; “Raising the age of dependants lets more families stay together. This will bring economic and social gains to our country as it enhances our attractiveness as a destination of choice for immigrants and refugees.”This change, according to IRCC, aligns with the reality of today’s families where children stay at home with their parents, especially for post-secondary education.
We welcome this upgrade, which allows more candidates to join their children in their immigration project in Canada. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about immigration procedures or the age limit for dependent children.