Significant changes to the definition of "dependent"
in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) come
into force on August 1, 2014.
Under current regulations, a dependent is an individual under
the age of 22 or a full-time student over the age of 22 whose
studies started before the age of 22.
The new definition lowers the age of dependency to those under
the age of 19. It also eliminates the exemption that existed for
full-time students who are financially dependent on their parents.
In most cases, the age of a dependent will continue to be
"locked-in" at the time of application.
In cases of dependency due to mental or physical condition, such
dependency must have existed since before the age of 19 and must
continue through the entire application process.
The changes will affect all applications made under the IRPR for
families with dependents. This includes all work permit
applications as well as applications under the Federal Skilled
Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, various
Provincial Nominee Programs and other permanent residency
What does this mean?
The new, narrower, definition of dependent will exclude a number
of children who qualified under the old regulations. Applicants
with children 19 years of age and older should be aware that as of
August 1, 2014, their children will need to apply, and qualify, for
entry to Canada on their own. These children will no longer be
included in their parents' application.
What should you do?
If you are a parent with children affected by the change in
regulation you should take steps now to submit your application
well before August 1, 2014 in order to benefit from the current
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