This is for you if you want to come to Canada and study with your family.
Most prospective students wonder if they can come to Canada with their families (spouses and children) to study, and the answer is yes! This applies at all stages of study (whether a BSc, diploma, postgraduate diploma, master’s degree, or Ph.D.).
In addition, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that your family’s journey to Canada is a success.
You can add your accompanying family members when you apply for your study visa, but when you apply for admission to institutions, you are only submitting for yourself.
The following three factors influence a student permit decision in Canada:
- Purpose of study (study plan)
- Proof of funds
- Home ties
To obtain a student visa to study in Canada, an applicant must demonstrate a compelling study plan, proof of funding, and convincing home ties.
These characteristics are also expected of single applicants, but if you apply as a family, you have a higher bar to clear. You must defend the importance of having family members with you, demonstrate extra funds for them, and have additional ties with your country.
Let us now thoroughly look into the three determining factors:
Purpose of Study/Study Plan/Letter of Explanation
A study plan gives a visa officer a brief overview of why you want to study in Canada and how your choice aligns with your future objectives to study abroad in Canada.
Explain why your spouse and children should join you to Canada in your study plan or letter of explanation. Your children (depending on their age) can apply for a visiting or study permit, and your spouse (depending on what they want to accomplish in Canada) can apply for a visitor or work permit.
If your spouse enters Canada on a visitor’s visa, they can apply for a work permit from within Canada or at a border crossing via flagpole.
The study plan assists you in justifying the objective of your study as well as the significance of having your family with you. It might be anything, from your children’s age to the fact that your family has never been separated before. Family reunification is crucial in Canada, so take advantage of this.
2. Proof of funds (POF)
If you intend to apply with your family, you will pay additional application fees and provide more proof of financial support than a single candidate.
You must also demonstrate that you have adequate finances to maintain yourself and any family members accompanying you in Canada without working.
You must provide sufficient finances to meet your tuition and living expenses as a student, as well as additional monies to cover the living expenses of those accompanying you. Visit IRCC for more details.
In summary, the overall amount of money required will be determined by the size of your family.
3. Home Ties
Proof of home ties is required as part of the Canadian study visa application. As an international student, you are a temporary resident and must demonstrate your willingness to leave Canada at the end of your studies (if required). The IRCC wants to see proof of this.
Many overseas students find that using family members as part of their home ties is easier. So, if you’re applying with your family, you must be prepared to demonstrate other ties. It could be your business, investments, job, financial assets, land, and so on.
Your application is complete after you present it well and provide the appropriate papers in the three areas of consideration.
How to get to Canada to study with your family
After reviewing your documents, you can make the personal option to apply with family members or apply alone first.
Furthermore, if you opt to apply alone, there is no set schedule for applying for family members after you arrive in Canada.
You can submit their applications anytime you have all of the required documents.
What type of visa should you obtain for family?
You should apply for a study permit for your children if they are of school age (about 5 years and older in several provinces).
If your children are under the age of five or will be so by the time you return, you can apply for a visiting visa for them.
You can also apply for a Spousal Open Work Permit for your spouse (if you intend for them to stay in Canada and work). Or a guest visa if they simply wish to accompany you and visit on a regular basis.
Please keep in mind that in order for your spouse to apply for a Spousal Open Work Permit, you, the student, must be travelling to Canada for a programme that qualifies for a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).
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