Canadian Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, John McCallum, has hinted that the age of the depends for the purpose of family sponsorship might be increased from the current maximum age limit of 19 years while talking to reporters in Brampton on Tuesday March 8, 2016. The age of depends was reduced to 19 years in a recent amendment in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Minister John McCallum also said that Canada plans to welcome 305,000 new immigrants in 2016. Canada will allow 55,800 refugees in current year including 25,000 Syrian refugees and other regions in trouble.
The number of new immigrants 305, 000 who will be admitted to Canada for permanent residence is the highest in recent years.
Immigration Minister John McCallum said, “This is a notable increase from the annual planning range that has been in place in recent years.”
“It is the highest number of projected immigrant admissions put forth by the government of Canada in modern times,” added John McCallum.
Most probably one of the important changes in the new immigration plan is the increase of maximum age of children to qualify as dependent for Canadian immigration. The age will be increased from existing 19 years to 22 years.
The number of privately sponsored refugees is increased three times from 6000 to 18000. Also 25,000 refugees from Syria and other regions of the world.
The current Canadian government is trying to reduce the processing times for immigration applications. The spots for parents and grandparents as well as other family members have been increased to get rid of the backlog quickly.
“My single top priority is to reduce those backlogs and to reduce the processing times”, the Minister told reporters.
In order to accommodate more immigrants in family and refugee categories, the spots for professional immigrants have been reduced to 162,400 from 181,000 in 2015.