Applicants who are including dependant children on a permanent resident application must now be aware of new rules regarding age of dependant children. In the past, an applicant could include a unmarried child who was under 22 years of age OR include an unmarried child who was over 22 years of age on the condition that the child was a continuous full time student from the age of 22.
Effective August 1, 2014 the age of dependant child has been reduced. Currently, an applicant can only include an unmarried child who is under the age of 19 – period. Canada Immigration has removed the “still a student” option and therefore children who are studying full time, and are 19 years of age or older, can no longer be considered dependent children.
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