Important changes to definition of family and family sponsorships

The Canadian government has made several important announcements to the definition of dependent children and family class sponsorships which may affect you or people you know.  They are:  

  1. The age of a dependent child will be raised to under 22 likely starting May 3, 2017.
  2. The permanent residence status of persons who were sponsored by their spouse will no longer be conditional.
  3. The parental sponsorships for 2017 have been selected and invitations were sent out on Wednesday, April 25, 2017. 

Please see below for further details. 

Dependent Children

  • The definition of a dependent child will be raised to under 22 likely on May 3, 2017
  • This will allow children who are under the age of 22 to be accompanying dependents on their parents applications for permanent residence or temporary residence
  • This will also allow parents who are permanent residents to sponsor their children up to the age of 22

Spousal Sponsorships

  • People who obtained their permanent residence status through spousal sponsorship will no longer have conditional permanent residence.  Instead, they will maintain their permanent residence status irrespective of whether there is a breakdown in the relationship after receiving their permanent residence status

Parental Sponsorships

  • Invitation emails for those who entered the parental sponsorship lottery earlier this year were sent out on Wednesday, April 25, 2017.
  • Of the 95,000 entries, 10,000 sponsors were selected.
  • If you are selected, you must submit a perfected application within 90 days.  Otherwise, you will lose your opportunity to apply.

To book a consultation to determine how these changes may affect you and your family, contact us at (416) 548-9101 or at