As of August 1st, the definition of a dependent child has
changed for the purposes of Canadian immigration applications.
Prior to the changes, all dependent children under the age of 22
could be included on the same immigration application as their
parents. Additionally, children over the age of 22 were also
eligible to be included on their parents applications if they were
a full time student and financially dependent on their parents.
On August 1, 2014, the changes to the definition of a dependent
child by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) go into effect,
reducing the age of a dependent child from under 22 to under 19.
Full time students who are financially dependent on their
parents are also no longer eligible to be included on family
applications. Now, in order for a 19 year old to immigrate to
Canada with their family, they will need to apply on their own
merit through a Canadian immigration program.
As of August 1, 2014, the only exception in which a person who
is over the age of 19 can be included on their parents application
for immigration is if they are financially dependent due to a
mental or physical condition.
Families whose applications have already been processed and are
already in the system under certain programs (including the
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), the Live-In Caregiver program
(LCP), and many of Quebec's immigration programs) will benefit
from transitional measures and can use the previous definition of
This change has been criticized by a number of community groups
as contrary to the emphasis Canada's immigration regime places
on family reunification. The changes are expected to be
particularly damaging to
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