Changes to the age for Dependent Children – effective October 24th, 2017

On October 24th, 2017 the age for dependent children was changed from under 19 to 22 years of age or under and they do not have a spouse or partner. If a child is over 22 years of age and they are financially dependent on their parents due to a physical or mental condition, then they would also be considered a dependent child.

From August 1, 2014 to October 23, 2017, a dependent child was defined as a child 19 years of age or under and who did not have a spouse or common-law partner OR a child who is 19 years of age or older but has a physical or mental condition, that makes them dependent on their parent for financial support.

Prior to August 1, 2014, a dependent child was defined as a child 21 years of age and under and not married or in a common-law relationship. If the child was over 22 years old, they should have been enrolled in a tertiary level institution before turning 22 years and be financially dependent on their parents.

In order to sponsor your dependent child, the parent does not need to show a minimum income, however the parent should not be on social assistance for reasons other than disability. If the dependent child has a child, then the sponsor would need to meet the income requirements.

Please ensure that you check to see if your child meets the age limit requirements before submitting your sponsorship application. Nadine Mahabeer is a weekly guest on “Immigration Mondays” on Nationwide 90FM in Jamaica – Monday mornings at 10am EST – streaming live on the Internet.