December 3, 2022

If you want to come to study in Canada with your family, this is for you.

I regularly get questions from people asking whether Canada allows international students to come with their families (spouses and children), and the answer is YES! This is also applicable to ALL levels of study (whether it is BSc., Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma, Masters, or Ph.D).

In addition to this, these are a few things to note to do this successfully.

When you are applying for admission to schools, you are only applying for yourself alone, but you can include your accompanying family members when applying for your study visa.

Your visa application is then determined by 3 things

  • Purpose of study
  • Proof of funds
  • Home ties

The 3 things are the expectations for single applicants as well, but if applying as a family, you have a stronger expectation to fulfill. You will need to justify the importance of having family members with you, show additional funds for them, and have other ties to your country.

Purpose of study:

In your study plan/letter of explanation, explain why your spouse and children should accompany you to Canada. Your children can apply for a visitor/study permit (depending on age), and your spouse, a visitor/work permit (depending on what they intend to do in Canada).

If your spouse comes to Canada with a visitor visa, they can also apply for a work permit from inside Canada or apply for one at a Border Crossing, through flagpoling.

The study plan helps you to justify the purpose of your study and the importance of having your family with you. It could be anything from the fact that your children are young, or your family has never been apart before. Family unification is important to Canada, so leverage this.

NB: If you are a student going to a school/program that is not eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), your spouse is not eligible for the spousal open work permit (SOWP). This is one of the important reasons to ensure the program you apply for is eligible for PGWP.

Proof of funds (POF):

If you intend to apply with your family, you will pay extra application fees and also show more POF than a single applicant.

You must also show that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and the family members accompanying you without working in Canada.

You are expected to show enough to cover your tuition and living expenses as the student; and the additional funds for the living expenses of those accompanying you. Details are available here.

In summary, the total funds you need will depend on your own family number.

Home ties:

Proof of home ties is an important aspect of the Canadian study visa application. As an international student, you are a temporary resident and need to show that you are willing to leave Canada after your study (if required to do so). IRCC wants to see evidence of this.

Many international students find it easier to use their family members as part of their home ties. So, if you’re applying with your family, it means you must be ready to show other ties. It could be your business, investments, employment, financial assets, landed properties, etc.

Once you present your application well and provide the required documents in the 3 areas of consideration, your application is good to go.

After assessing the documents you have, you can make the personal decision to either apply together with family members or apply alone first.

And if you decide to apply alone, there is no specified timeline to apply for your family members after you arrive in Canada

You can submit their applications anytime you have the required documents to apply for them. For more resources and information to apply as a student, check all our compiled here.

All information you need to apply for admission, scholarships, and a visa in Canada is already there. It’s a Do It Yourself (DIY) community.

NB: The posts and information on this website are not legal advice.

© Olu of Canada

28 thoughts on “How to come to study in Canada with your family.

  1. Good afternoon Olu, thank you for all these information. I will like to know, when writing about home ties do I need to include my business documents or house documents (will the authenticity be verified) in the application or I will just state it during the interview and letter of explanation? Thank you

  2. Dear OLU,
    Thank you for always being there for us.
    I applied for a study visa alongside my sons, I was granted but my sons were cancelled because I applied for the wrong visa for them, I did visitor but I was told it should have been a student visa. Kindly advise

  3. Hi Olu, I have 2kids 5 and 7. I want to include them in my application as dependents. What’s the best visa to apply for them?
    Can I apply for a work permit for my husband alongside or will a visitor’s for him favour us more?
    Thank you.

  4. Hi Olu, I learnt a lot from this. Thanks.

    I’m currently applying for fall 2023, I got a positive reply from one of the professors I sent a cold email to.

    What can you classify as enough home tie evidence apart from my husband.

  5. Hi Olu,
    I must say you are doing a very great job here and I sincerely appreciate all your work. I follow all your social media handle .
    I got admission for my school and on the process for visa application and would like to include my two kid aged 14 and 17 what would you advise for there visa options?

  6. Dear Great Olu of Canada,
    Thanks for all these information.
    What type of visa I can apply for my 2kids (Age 4 and 1) that I want to include in my study visa application as dependents with my wife (if I applied work permit visa for her)

  7. This is really an interesting work, thank for the invaluable information.
    I would like to ask a question concerning POF, can some one use crypto asset as a part of POF?

  8. Hi Olu, pls I want to clarify. When applying for student visa, I didn’t apply for my kids age 13 & 7 because of my POF. But We have been saving gradually for it. Is it possible for my kids & hubby to join me a week or 2 weeks after I arrive Canada? My husband intends to apply @ the point of arrival? What do you think? Thank you!

  9. Hi Olu, thanks for all you’re doing.
    I want to clarify if i can use my pension as part of POF.
    Also, if study is for 2 years, do I need to show funds to cover both years or just the first year?

  10. I love all the explanations given on relocation to Canada.
    It is a great job.
    This is my first time of coming into Ur page, reading Ur online manuals.
    Thank U for all information uploaded.
    The LORD will endow U with more of HIS wisdom, knowledge and understanding for HIS glory and d use of humankinds.

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