RCI eNewsletter: Increase of the maximum age of a Dependent Child 

RCI eNewsletter: Increase of the maximum age of a Dependent Child 

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Increase of the maximum age of a Dependent Child to "under 22"

Implementation by the Ministère de l'Immigration, Diversité et Inclusion


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Increase of the maximum age of a Dependent Child to "under 22"  

On May 3rd, 2017, the Government of Canada has officially announced that it will follow through on its intention to increase the maximum age of a dependent child. Starting on the 24 of October 2017, the new age limit will be increased to 21 years, raising it from the current “under 19” requirement. This regulatory change will apply to new applications for all immigration programs, including the Quebec Immigrant-Investors Program (QIIP).   

A part from the higher age limit, the definition of a dependent child is expected to remain essentially the same, meaning that only those who are neither married nor a de facto spouse will qualify. Children aged 22 years or older can also be included as an accompanying family member if they are substantially dependent on the financial support of one or the other parent due to a physical or mental disability. 

This change of policy is in line with the intention of the Government of Canada to facilitate the reunification of families by enabling more family members to qualify as dependents, namely older immigrant children aged 19 to 21. 

The new definition of a dependent child takes into consideration socioeconomic facts that children now stay home longer for a variety of reasons, such as the pursue of post-secondary education, and will allow to increase the pool of applicants who can better contribute to Canada’s economy and increase the integration and economic success of newcomers to the country. 

Implementation by the Ministère de l'Immigration, Diversité et Inclusion (MIDI)

Even though no official announcement has yet been released, the Government of Quebec is expected to follow suit and implement the same definition so as to harmonize its regulatory framework with the federal authorities. This change of policy will increase the appeal of the QIIP schedule to reopen at the end of this month, especially for those who have children aged between 19 and 21, and become an important selling point. 

It is worth noting that the new policy is expected to be in force at the end of October 2017 without retroactive effect. Candidates who wish to take advantage of this modification will have to wait until it is fully implemented before submitting an immigration application. 

As always, the RCI team remains at your disposal for any questions you may have.

Best Regards,

The RCI Team

Sylvain Payette, CEO 
WeChat ID: SylvainPayette

Jean-François Langlais Bourque, Attorney
WeChat ID: jfbourque

Annabelle Attia, Attorney


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