11 May 2017

CANADA: Requirement for permanent residence withdrawn and dependant age adjusted

In a bid to ease immigration rules the Canadian government has just announced two notable changes.

The first removes a condition for a spouse or partner of a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident to live with their spouse or partner for 2 years after their residence status has been granted. This change went into effect on 28 April 2017 and upholds the governments’ commitment to family reunification whilst hoping to prevent any form of abuse occurring as a result of the requirement.

Further to this, the change also means that anybody that was under investigation for not adhering to the requirement is no longer under investigation.

The second change, which will be effective only as of 24 October 2017, concerns the raising of the age of a dependant from 19 to 22. Therefore, for any temporary or permanent residence applications submitted after 24 October dependants can also include children aged 19 – 21.

How does this affect the client?

For spousal or partner applicants of Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents this change should be noted. With regards to the raising of the dependant age, employer’s and applicants should consider when to submit applications including children and whether it is possible to do that after 24 October 2017 if they have dependants between 19 and 21 years old.



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