Canadian government is increasing the maximum age limit of the dependent child to be included in a visa application along with the primary applicant. The regulatory change in this regard has been published by the Canadian government. The current age limit for dependent child is “Under 19”, which will now be “Under 22” from coming fall.
New Age Limited for Dependent Child
The New Age limit for the Dependent child, i.e. “Under 22 years” will be applicable from October 24, 2017. The new age limit will be applicable to applications received by IRCC (Immigration Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) for all immigration programs active in Canada.
Expected Positive Outcomes of the Decision
As per the government, raising the age limit for the dependent child will have positive outcome in terms of social and cultural development as we will help more families stay together. This step also has a humanitarian aspect, as it will allow more children from refugee families to stay together with their parents.
Raising the maximum age limit will also help boost economy of Canada as more highly talented and skilled immigrants who wants their families together will choose Canada as their immigration destination.
Exception to “Under 22” Rule for Dependent Child
There is one exception to “Under 22” rule for the dependent child. The children, who depend on their parents due to adverse mental or physical health conditions, can be considered as dependent child even if they are 22 years of age or above.
One Step further by the government to Support Family Reunification in Canada
The liberal government is firm on its stand and commitment to support family reunification in the country. The government has been making significant changes to immigration process to fulfill its commitment regarding the family reunification, which it made during its election campaign.
Last week only, the government took another key decision to support family reunification, when it announced to repeal the conditional permanent residence rule for sponsored spouses and partners in Canada. There were incidents when this rule was being misused to force sponsored spouses and partners in an abusive relationship. By eliminating this requirement, the government has ensured that all the marriages are legitimate and no partner or spouse is forced to stay in an abusive relationship because of this disputed rule.
Streamlining the Parent and grandparent program (PGP) and increasing its intake limit to 10,000 in the beginning of this year was another key step to encourage family reunification. Government also announced last year to reduce the processing time of sponsored spouse and partner applications to 12 months.
At the time when most advanced countries taking controversial steps against immigration and immigrants in the country, Canada is setting an example to the world by easing immigration rules and requirements for the immigrants applying for visa in Canada.
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