Notice: Our office will be closed to the public December 17, 2022 to January 9th, 2023.
For all our current and past clients, we will continue working on your files and responding through the holidays. Though please be advised that our response time may be delayed due to the high volume of work during this season.

This is an abbreviated update from the Government of Canada website (Oct 24, 2017); to read the full release, click here.

Definition of dependent children with new age limit

Age limit and requirements for dependent children

Children qualify as dependants if they meet both of these requirements:

  • they’re under 22 years old, and
  • they don’t have a spouse or partner

Dependants over the age limit

Children 22 years old or older qualify as dependants if they meet both of these requirements:

  • they have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22, and
  • they are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition

How to find out if your child qualifies as a dependant – permanent residence (immigrate)

Follow these two steps to find out if your child qualifies as a dependant:

1. Check the lock-in date for your program or category.

2. Make sure your child meets the age limit and requirements before including them as a dependant on your application.

How to find out if your child qualifies as a dependant – temporary residence (work, study, visit)

Age limit and requirements for dependent children

Your dependant must meet the age limit and requirements in force at the time we receive your temporary residence application.

See the list of requirements in force for dependants if we received your visitor visa, study permit or work permit application:

Your dependent children must complete their own application forms…

To read the full release, click here.