New Definition of Age of Dependents Now in Force

A regulatory amendment to raise the age limit for dependent children from “under 19” to “under 22” came into force on October 24, 2017. The change to the definition of the age of dependents from “under 19” to “under 22” will apply to all new applications received on or after October 24, 2017. This was a key mandate commitment for this Liberal Government and a welcomed change that will help more immigrant families stay together and facilitates family reunification.

For applicants whose permanent residence application was received between August 1, 2014 and October 23, 2017, the “under 19” definition of a dependent child continues to apply. IRCC anticipates that there could be a considerable number of requests to add or process a child 19 to 21 on a pending application based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Due to the fact that this would result in a considerable increase in workload delay the processing of applications in all lines of business, the Minister has also established that there are sufficient public policy considerations to justify granting exemptions. This public policy will allow for the addition or sponsorship of some children whose parents had existing applications in process on May 3, 2017, or who have applied since that time.