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Immigration Canada changes Dependant age from 21 to 18 

Immigration Canada has made change to the definition of dependant which is effective for all immigration application filed on or after 1st August 2014.

The previous rule was that any unmarried child of 21 or younger could qualify as a dependant under Canada’s immigration rules and be automatically accepted along with his or her parents. Accommodations could be made, too, for full-time students older than 21 who were financially dependent on their family. But as of Aug. 1, the federal government lowered the maximum age to 18 and eliminated all exceptions.

However, CIC will continue to allow a child, regardless of age, to be considered a ‘dependent’ if they rely on their parents due to a mental or physical condition.


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