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October 2017 News

Published: Nov 6, 2017

Increase of Age of "Dependant Children"

As of October 24, 2017 a child is a "dependant child" for the purpose of an Immigration application if the child meets one of the following situations:

  1. is under 22 years of age and is not a spouse or a common-law partner, or;
  2. 22 years of age or older, have depended substantially on the financial support of the parents since before the age of 22 and be unable to support themselves financially due to a physical or mental condition. It is the financial dependency that must have been ongoing since before the age 22. It is not necessary for the physical or mental condition to have existed before the age of 22.

Dependant children who do not have a physical or mental condition must remain unmarried and not be in a common-law relationship for the duration of processing up to the point of becoming a permanent resident.

We believe at Eisenberg & Young LLP that it is still possible to successfully apply for citizenship, temporary worker and permanent resident status in Canada despite these changes. We strongly recommend, given the complexity of the present and ever-changing immigration system, that you do not apply without first obtaining professional help with the application.

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