• CIC to Limit Immigration Benefits for Children, Lift Hold on Parent and Grandparent Cases
  • May 16, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Effective January 2, 2014, children over the age of 18 will no longer qualify for immigration benefits as dependents under any Canadian immigration program. On the same day, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will resume accepting new applications to sponsor parents and grandparents for permanent residence, with an annual cap of 5,000 applications for 2014.

    Currently, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor a dependent child for permanent residence up to his or her twenty-second birthday, and foreign temporary workers may be accompanied or later joined by a child under the age of 22. CIC will continue to consider children aged 19 to 21 as dependents for applications submitted before January 2, 2014. After that date, children over the age of 18 will be able to qualify for benefits as dependents if they are financially dependent due to mental or physical disabilities. Current exceptions to the maximum age for full-time students will be eliminated.

    CIC has not accepted new parent and grandparent permanent residence applications since November 2011, when it instituted a two-year moratorium to reduce backlogs. New applications will be subject to increased financial responsibility requirements. The minimum income requirement will increase by 30 percent, and sponsors will be required to demonstrate that they met the requirement for three years prior to applying, up from one.

    CIC will also make permanent the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, a 10-year multi-entry visitor visa for the parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents that allows holders to stay in Canada for up to two years per trip without the need to renew their status.