Immigration Family Reunification

Give additional points under the Express Entry system and restore the maximum age for dependents to 22 (from 19).

Liberal Platform Pages 62-63 October 5, 2015
Achieved
Oct 2017

Program delivery update: Regulation change for dependent children – October 24, 2017

Government of Canada October 24, 2017

As of October 24, 2017, regulations have changed to raise the age of dependent children from “under 19” to “under 22”. These instructions are specific to new applications received by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on or after October 24, 2017.

To enhance family unity and reunification, and in recognition that many young adults remain with their parents longer, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) have been amended to introduce a new definition of “dependent child”.

Jun 2017

Express Entry improvements: Spring 2017

Government News Release June 06, 2017

Express Entry is Canada's flagship application management system for key economic immigration programs, including the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.

Programs managed through the Express Entry system attract high-skilled foreign workers who want to live in Canada permanently and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country to help build businesses and grow the economy.

As of June 6, 2017, the Express Entry system will automatically update the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of candidates in the pool.

May 2017

Changes to Regulations Will See Age Increased for Dependent Child

Government News Release May 03, 2017

The Government of Canada has published regulatory changes to increase the maximum age of a dependent child which will allow more families to stay together. This change showcases the Government's commitment to family reunification.

The new age limit of "under 22" will come into effect this fall, on October 24, 2017, raising it from the current "under 19" requirement. The increased age will apply to new applications for all immigration programs under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, including for refugees.