It will be easier to accompany your parents to Canada as a permanent resident, and easier to bring your own young adult children into Canada, beginning Oct. 24.

New rules that expand the definition of “family” will come into force this fall. Right now, sons and daughters under the age of 19 are considered dependent children and included in a family immigration application. As of Oct. 24, sons and daughters under the age of 22 will be considered dependent children. Anyone who applies for permanent resident status in Canada must include their dependent children on the application, even if the children are not moving to Canada with their parents.

There are a few exceptions to the new definition. Married children are not included, and children who depend on their parents because of an ongoing disability may move to Canada with their parents even if they are older than 22.

The old rules apply until Oct. 24.


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