Foreign nationals who intend on studying in Canada and are married and/or have dependent children may wish to bring these family members with them to Canada during their study program. If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to sponsor some family members to join you.
If you’re in Canada temporarily though, as a student or a worker, you may be able to bring your family with you. Canadian visa officers will consider study permit applications that include accompanying family members, but including family members on a study permit application may influence the visa officer’s decision.
If you’re eligible, you can sponsor your spouse, partner, or dependent children to become permanent residents of Canada.
If you do, you must be able to:
- support them financially;
- make sure they don’t need social assistance from the government.
Family Members That Are Eligible to Come with You
You can bring family members with you to Canada if they were processed for permanent residence as your dependents. This includes:
- your spouse or common-law partner;
- your dependent child;
- your spouse or common-law partner’s a dependent child;
- a dependent child of a dependent child;
- parent or step-parent of the person, or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner;
- guardian or tutor of the person.
Your relatives can live, study and work in Canada if they become permanent residents of Canada. You can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada if you’re at least 18 years old and a:
- Canadian citizen or;
- a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or;
- permanent resident of Canada.
Canadian study permits are temporary resident permits, meaning that the holder of a study permit must satisfy the visa officer that they will leave Canada when their permit expires.
In some cases, if a student requests to bring their whole family with them to Canada, the visa officer might suspect that the student doesn’t really have the intention to leave Canada after their study program. This can affect the visa officer’s decision on whether or not to issue the study permit.
If you have plans to bring your family members to Canada, then please note that all students are asked to write and convince the immigration officer why they will want to study in Canada – it is in this section that you can outline your reasons and convince the immigration officer why you need your family with you in Canada.
As earlier stated, this is a very tricky process because this could affect the immigrations officer, although if you had already done this section and you have a change of mind and want to bring your family members you can actually have your application re-written.
In this application, you need to tell them to give you the authorization to bring your family with you to Canada.
However, applying to amend an application in this way can result in misrepresentation, including a five-year ban from Canada, if the applicant does not follow the correct procedures.
Applicants must demonstrate sufficient financial resources to support themselves during their first year of study.
Those who wish for their family members to accompany them should be prepared to demonstrate additional funds to support their family. If an international student is accompanied by their spouse and/or dependent children, they should be aware of how this will affect their housing and health insurance needs.
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