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Important corporate immigration updates

The following are important corporate immigration changes that have been announced in Canada: Cut-off age for dependent children raised; traveling visa-free to Canada for eligible Bulgarians, Romanians, Brazilians; and conditional permanent residence for spouses and partners eliminated.


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Citizenship and Immigration Canada announces change to definition of dependent children

On June 23, 2014, CIC announced that the new definition of “dependent child” became effective as of August 1, 2014. It reduces the maximum age from “under 22” to “under 19” and eliminates the exception for children 19 or older who are financially dependent on their parents and are enrolled in full-time studies.


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CIC announces proposed changes to the definition of ‘dependent children’

On May 10, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced proposed regulatory amendments that will narrow the definition of “dependent child” by reducing the age limit to children under the age of 19 and removing the exception for full-time students. Once implemented, this proposed change will adversely affect the dependent children of all prospective immigrants to Canada.


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