Bringing Family to Canada for International Students—What to Know

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Bringing Family to Canada for International Students—What to Know

There’s a reason why Canada’s immigration system is one of the most popular in the world. While the process can be tedious, there are several ways of increasing your chances of securing a permanent residence status—which is just one step from being a full Canadian citizen. One of the arguably easiest ways to enter Canada is by studying in one of its schools. 

As a student in Canada, you are neither a permanent resident nor a citizen. You will, however, still enjoy a lot of privileges, such as having the opportunity to bring family members with you during your time in Canada. Under Canadian immigration law, your family members get to enjoy certain privileges as well. 

Here are three things to know about bringing your family members with you while studying in Canada. 

 

  • Your spouse or common-law partner is welcome to work

 

While you complete your studies, your spouse or common-law partner can secure an open work permit where he or she can work full or part-time with any Canadian employer. Because he or she came with you, there will no longer be any need to secure a Labour Market Impact Assessment. 

Should an opportunity for higher education such as post-graduate work allow you to extend your stay, your partner can renew their open work permit as well. One important thing to note, however, is that your partner’s permit is co-terminus to your own post-graduate work permit. 

 

  • Dependents are welcome

 

As an international student in Canada, you can also bring with you your dependents, provided that they are your children under the age of 19 or one that is over the age of 19, but cannot be independent because of a mental or physical condition. 

Your dependents are also granted the privilege to study in one of Canada’s free public elementary or secondary schools during your time as a student in Canada. 

 

  • Studying in Canada can increase your eligibility for permanent residency 

 

Being an international student in Canada brings a lot of privileges, including an increased chance of getting a permanent residency if you apply for one after you graduate. This is because Canada sees your experience while studying or working in Canada as a big plus to your application. The same thing applies to your spouse or common-law partner, who also spent time working in Canada. 

When you do apply for permanent residency, you will be eligible for the Express Entry Program, which allows immigrants to live and work in Canada as skilled workers. Your application will be graded through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which assesses your skills, education, language proficiency, work experience, among other things. If your partner found employment during their time in Canada with you, then that counts as working experience for them and could reflect positively on your application as well. 

Conclusion 

Aside from getting a degree, studying in Canada is also a great first step to earning your permanent resident status. By bringing in your spouse and children, you are also greatly increasing their chances of being accepted as well. Provided that you or your partner are able to make a living while juggling your studies, it’s highly possible for both of you to eventually become permanent residents and sponsor any dependents as well. 

Bright Immigration is a team of immigration lawyers in Toronto, Canada. If you’re looking for professional help from a trusted firm please contact us at info@brightimmigration.com or call 1-888-404-8472.

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