Changes to Age of Dependency on October 14, 2017
As of October 24th, 2017, the age of dependency for children accompanying parents on visas will increase to “under 22”. The age of dependency is currently defined as “under 19”, disallowing children age 19 and over from accompanying parents to Canada, unless dependent on them for physical or mental needs. This exception still applies under new regulations.
The change was announced in May, but will only take effect next week and applies to all immigration programs. However, new regulations will not work retroactively and any applications submitted before October 24th will still follow the “under 19” rule.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has stated that this change was not only to improve family reunification in Canada, but also to keep in line with the increasing trend of children living at home with their parents longer.
For more information, please read the official announcement: