The definition of a dependent child (for immigration applications) changed on October 24, 2017. Use this tool to check if your child qualifies as a dependant or read this Backgrounder public policy dependants.
The Government of Canada has changed the definition of the age of dependants from “under 19” to “under 22,” fulfilling a key mandate commitment of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Read more here!
The planned changes, including the January start date, is postponed in order for the government to continue conversations with affected stakeholders. Prospective applicants can continue to apply under the existing streams.
Effective January 2, 2018, the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) will be making changes to its streams. The AINP will reduce the number of streams available. These changes will simplify application processes, reduce wait times, and make it fairer for applicants across all sectors and industries in Alberta. The AINP will also be more responsive to emerging labour market needs while supporting the goal of building a skilled, permanent workforce and a more diversified economy.
Important changes to physical presence and the age required to meet language and knowledge requirements for permanent residents who are applying for citizenship will come into effect on October 11, 2017. More on this in the News Release.