Are you interested in applying to study in Canada? Do you wonder about being able to bring your family with you? We know that being apart from your loved ones is difficult.
Today, we’re going over your options for bringing your family to Canada with you as an international student.
Can I Bring My Family to Canada as a Student?
It is possible to bring your family with you when you come to Canada as a temporary resident on a study permit. You would apply for temporary status for your family members along with your student visa application.
If your study permit application is approved, your dependent spouse can apply for an open work permit for spouses of international students. With an open work permit, your spouse can work full-time for any employer anywhere in Canada.
Your spouse is eligible to apply for a spousal open work permit if you are a full-time student at:
- A public post-secondary university
- A private post-secondary school that functions under similar rules as a public institution and gets 50% of its operating expenses from the government
- A private institution that is allowed to grant degrees by provincial statute
Your dependent children who accompany you to Canada can enroll in elementary or secondary school in Canada while in the country with you. Both your spouse’s and children’s temporary status in Canada will remain valid as long as your study permit is valid.