The separation of international students from their spouses/common-law partners have proved challenging to achieve in recent years. However, immigration Canada has recognized that fact and made it possible to bring your family to Canada on a student visa. In addition, they brought about a system where the families of the international student can stay with them in Canada during their brief stay.
This means that your spouse can join you for the duration of your study. Your spouse is then eligible to apply for an open work permit. The available work permit allows you to work in any field you wish, as long as the student visa is valid.
Dependent children will also be permitted given the stance of family unification by immigration to Canada. They have seen the importance of family around.
International students with spouses or common-law partners.
On here, your spouse/common-law partner can apply for an open work permit. Thus, during the duration of your studies, your spouse can either work full-time or part-time for anyone in Canada without needing the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
If you are lucky enough to be offered a post-graduate job after your studies, your spouse can renew their work permit.
International students with children
International full-time students have the right to bring their children. Children under 19 are considered minors and may accompany international students as long as the student visa is valid. Children over the age of 19 cannot have the same privileges.
This application is only given to children who are mentally or physically disabled. It is assumed that this group of children cannot cope financially and therefore needs their parents. In addition, these children need special attention from their parents. Dependent children have the right to attend public schools for free while studying.
Note: If parents lose their status (i.e., lose their student visa), children and spouse may lose their respective privileges. In other words, the spouse loses their work permit. In addition, children lose free education.
There are two ways to apply for an invitation;
- Admitted international students apply for it at the same time as a study permit.
- The student applies for a study permit and provides complete details of the student’s family.
The required documents are;
- Proof of registration;
- Invitation letter for relatives;
- Proof of kinship with international students, therefore a marriage certificate, a birth certificate is required;
- Finally, a copy of a valid training permit.
NOTE: Relatives must provide proof that they have sufficient funds to support their life in Canada
Can I live in Canada after graduation?
Becoming an international student increases your chances of permanent residency. An immigration program will also be available to you. You or your partner’s experience in learning a language may also benefit you living there.
If you choose to immigrate permanently to Canada after completing your degree, you can do so through the Federal Express Entry System.
You need to increase your chances of getting an ITA if you and your partner submit your account to the Express Entry group.