The Government of Canada, Citizenship and Immigration will implement new rules for children who may be taking to Canada with their parents as dependent children The new rules will come into effect on August 1st of this year. A dependent child’s age will be lowered to 19.

In order to fall under the definition of “dependent child” you have to:

  • Be under 19 years of age; and
  • Be neither married nor in a common-law relationship

If children of prospective immigrants are over 19 and continue their full time studies, they won’t be eligible to come to Canada as dependent children. However they can still be considered dependent, if they, after reaching 19 years of age, suffer from a mental or physical condition.



New Rules for Dependent Children for all immigration programs

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