Starting from October 24, 2017, all children below the age of 22 will be considered as dependents for all types of immigration programs that are run by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
This rule is also applicable for economic migrants and refugees. Before the implementation of this rule, only those children who are below the age of 19 were considered as dependents for the purpose of immigration.
Children who have physical or mental health condition and rely on their parents but are 22 years of age and above, are still considered as dependent children.
This change in age limit will not apply on applications that were submitted on or after August 1, 2014 and before October 24th, 2017.
An explanation has been given by IRCC that 'applying the changes to applications that are already in process will put a pause in finalizing the many applications for permanent residence and the processing time of many programs will be effected.
The Canadian government is of the view that increasing the age limit will result in more positive cultural and social outcome and will keep families together.
It will also enhance the economy of Canada as it will make it the first choice of immigration for numerous families.
According to Canada's Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen, more families will be able to stay together as the age of dependents is raised. It will bring in social and economic gains to the country and it will make it more appealing for immigrants and refugees.
This change once again shows that the government of Canada has a progressive outlook towards bringing in more immigrants to the country.