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Study Permits for dependents

A study permit specifically for dependent children of international students, gives your child their own status in Canada. Dependent children are school-age children (19 years of age or younger)

Why do I need it
If you have children who will be attending pre-school or primary/secondary school, they are not required to have a study permit.  However study permits, rather than visitor records, can make the immigration process run more smoothly, especially if your child enters Canada without a parent.

Also you can only apply for a temporary resident visa from within Canada if you have a study or work permit.  Therefore having a study permit for your child will allow you to easily extend your child’s temporary resident visa instead of travelling back to your home country and applying for the visa from there.

The International Centre strongly encourages you to apply for a study permit for all of your children accompanying you while you study in Canada.

When do I need it
You should apply at the same time you apply for your study permit before you come to Canada.

You can also apply when you are settled in Canada, but we do not advise this because it will be more costly, take more time, and will prevent your child from qualifying for MSI provincial insurance even though you may be eligible.

HOW TO APPLY ONLINE (from outside of Canada)

Step 1: Log into my IRCC through GCKey or Sign-in partner

If you are a new user, you need to register for MyIRCC through GCKey or Sign-in Partner.

Step 2: Click on ‘Apply for visitor visa or study/work permit’

You will be prompted to enter a personal checklist code.  If you do not already have a code, click on "Determine your eligibility".  Answer all the questions that follow.

Step 3: Fill in the online application form and gather supporting documentation

Click on “Apply Online” and enter your personal checklist code.

1. Complete the IMM 1294 application form for yourself and your dependent(s). Validate and save the forms as unsigned copies.

2. Gather the following supporting documents for you and your dependent(s):

  • digital photo (420x540 pixels)
  • passport (only pages with stamps, visas, photos)
  • letter of acceptance to Dalhousie
  • letter of acceptance to a primary or secondary school in Canada
  • Proof of medical examination
  • Use of a representative (IMM 5476)  (you must complete this in order to represent your child)
  • Proof of financial support

Once you have all the documents ready, save them electronically then upload the IMM 1249 form and supporting documents.

Step 4: Pay the application fee

Pay the $150 fee online with a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express). Do not forget to print a receipt.

 

 

Step 5: Submit the application

Save or print your confirmation of successful transmission for your records.

HOW TO APPLY ONLINE (from inside of Canada)

Step 1: Log into my IRCC through GCKey or Sign-in partner

If you are a new user, you need to register for MyIRCC through GCKey or Sign-in Partner. Your Client ID from your Study Permit is required to complete the registration.  If your child is 16 or under they must use your MyCIC account.

Step 2: Click on ‘Apply for visitor visa or study/work permit’

You will be prompted to enter a personal checklist code.  If you do not already have a code, click on "Determine your eligibility". Answer all the questions that follow.

You can find a guide to completing the questions here.

Step 3: Fill in the online application form and gather supporting documentation

Click on “Apply Online” and enter your personal checklist code.

1. Complete the IMM 5709 application form. Validate and save the form as an unsigned copy.

2. Gather the following supporting documents:

  • digital photo (420x540 pixels)
  • passport (only pages with stamps, visas, photos)
  • letter of acceptance to a primary or secondary school in Canada
  • Family member proof of status (study permit of the parent)
  • Proof of means of financial support
  • Use of a representative (IMM 5476)  (you must complete this in order to represent your child)

Once you have all the documents ready, save them electronically then upload the IMM 1249 form and supporting documents.

Step 4: Pay the application fee

Pay the $150 fee online with a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express). Do not forget to print a receipt.

Step 5: Submit the application

Save or print your confirmation of successful transmission for your records.

NEED HELP?

Meet with an International Student Advisor

  • Email international.centre@dal.ca. Please include your student number (B00) in the subject line and in the body of the email, include your name, your citizenship(s), Permit/Visa expiration dates (if applicable) and if you are currently in Canada (YES or NO).
  • Book an appointment via MyDal under "Find a service"
  • Or drop by one of our locations across campus.