Who Counts as Family?
Family means your spouse, common-law partner, and dependent children.
Visa Requirements for Visitors:
- TRV requirements vary by country.
- You can’t apply for a TRV at a Canadian Port of Entry.
- In some cases, a medical examination may be required, extending the application process.
Visitor Authorization with eTA:
- Since November 10, 2016, most visitors from visa-exempt countries require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada.
- U.S. citizens, however, are exempt from both TRV and eTA requirements.
Work Permits for Spouses:
- The open work permit allows your spouse to work during your study period.
- It doesn’t require a job offer or Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
- Some occupations, like jobs in schools or hospitals, may require a medical examination.
Spousal Work Permit Application Timing:
The timing and process for a spousal work permit can vary. Here are two common scenarios:
Study Permit Rules for Minor Children:
This application can be completed from inside Canada.
Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents:
Canadian Permanent Resident: Likewise, Canadian permanent residents do not need a study permit. Documents like the Record of Landing (IMM 1000), Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292), or Permanent Resident Card serve as proof of their status.
Foreign Nationals with Visitor Status:
Accompanied by a Parent with Visitor Status: If a child is a foreign national accompanying a parent with visitor status, they will need a study permit. Look for a stamp on the child’s passport or on the parent’s passport indicating the child as a son or daughter.
Alone or with a Parent with a Study or Work Permit: Children traveling alone or with a parent who has a study or work permit do not need a study permit. The child’s passport or inclusion on the parent’s passport is sufficient. There might be a visitor record for the child. (Refer to note below)
Whether accompanied by a parent or not, refugee claimants do not require a study permit. Instead, they need a Determination of Eligibility letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
A valid passport or any available travel or identity documents are also necessary. These documents might include an expired IRCC document.
In Canada Without Status:
Children in Canada without status can study without a study permit. They can use their passport or inclusion on a parent’s passport as identification. Similar to refugee claimants, there might be an expired IRCC document.
Children entering Canada may have either a visitor record or a study permit. They are authorized to study without a study permit if they possess only the visitor record or a Canadian entry stamp on their passport.
However, keep in mind that if you have various permit applications, such as your study permit and your spouse or common-law partner’s work permit, you’ll need extra documentation and will have to include additional fees, including the additional fee for the work permit.
Should you wish to extend your stay or change your conditions while you’re in Canada, you’ll need to complete a separate application.
It’s crucial to check the expiry date on your study permit and apply at least 30 days before that date if you wish to extend your stay.
Bringing Your Parents:
These options allow parents to travel to Canada and share in your educational journey.
Bringing family members to Canada involves understanding the specific requirements and processes for each category. This guide aims to simplify the process, making it easier for you and your loved ones to embark on this journey together.