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Age limit for Dependent Children Increased to boost Canadian Immigration

October 2017, 21
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The definition of dependent children at the time of filing applications for immigration to Canada will increase From October 24th.  After this

Children under 22 years of age will also come under its consideration. IRCC had decided in May 2017 that all eligible applications for immigration, received after 24th October 2017, will be based on the new definition. Thus immigration forms, given on, or after that date, can take account of children of the principal applicants below the age of 22. The conditions are that they must be unmarried and not have a common-law relationship.

In August 2014, the age definition of dependent children was reduced to below 19 years. IRCC has explained that the decision to refuse to apply the new rules for the applications which have been presented previously, was being done, because applying this change to applications in progress, would affect the process of finalization of PR applications, and would affect the processing time of several programs.

This exception permits persons to be considered as dependants who are below the age of 22 years, and are dependent on their parents for money, and also for physical/mental health conditions.

Changes that reflect socioeconomic trends

This decision about the status of dependent children is a part of the various family reunification initiatives launched by the government of Canada. It is an answer, to the issue of the socio-economic trend, showing that young adults opt to live with their parents.

The data released by Census authorities in August 2017 shows that more than one-third of young adults from the age of 20 years to 34 years prefer to live with one parent at least. This figure has been on the rise from 2001. Many young adults opt to live in the company of their parents for a long time owing to deriving financial, emotional, or logistical benefits for them at the time of post-secondary studies or for full-time job search. There are reasons like cultural preferences, a low income or high cost of living too.

With the increase of age limit for dependent children, additional immigrant children can stay with their parents. This will help them in the adjustment stage before applying for immigration, or in concluding their education, and to move towards the labor market of Canada.

Ahmed Hussen Immigration Minister stated that the increase in the dependant’s age permits several families to stay collectively. This increases social and economic gains for Canada and boosts its attraction among the top destinations preferred by refugees as well as immigrants.

The Liberal government has brought many changes after it assumed office in 2015. They stress on family reunification. Some of the Examples of this are giving points under the CRS Express Entry Pool for candidates who have a sibling in Canada, decreasing processing times for spouse as well as common law partners and enhancement of the intake threshold for applications designated for parents and grandparents presently to 10,000 from the previous 5,000.

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