New rules on the age of immigrants for applications to Canada have come into force as of October 24th, 2017. Now on all applications for immigration to Canada, Children below the age of 22 will be considered as dependants. This ruling also pertains to economic migrants and refugees. Before this for the past three years, only children less than 19 were deemed as dependants on all immigration programs administered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
All children who are dependent on their parents because of their physical or mental health condition will still be considered dependants children even if 22 years of age or older
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada has explained that this ruling will be not be applied in retrospect to applications that were submitted on or after 1st August 2014. The ruling is applicable only to applications submitted on 24th October 2017 or after that. IRCC has said that, ‘applying the change to in-process applications would require a pause in finalizing many permanent residence applications and would impact processing times in many programs.’
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Canada as a country has always laid emphasis on keeping families together. The government believes that the new rule of increasing the age limit would have a great positive effect and will impact the social and cultural family foundations in the society. The decision would also raise the bar for the country by making it a choicest destination for families, which would in turn boost the economy as a higher no of skilled immigrants would want to be here
Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen said that,“Raising the age of dependents lets more families stay together. This will bring economic and social gains to our country as it enhances our attractiveness as a destination of choice for immigrants and refugees”.
The current Federal Government has a very progressive outlook in terms of immigration. The recent changes go on to prove that the Government is dedicated to providing an easy transit for immigrant families into the Canadian sphere. Recently many other measures were changed in the Canada Citizenship Act so that immigrants find it easier to attain a citizenship and the transition is smoother than before.
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