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A guardian is a responsible adult who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and who has been designated to care for and support the minor in Canada. An immigration officer must be satisfied that once in Canada, during their studies, the minor child will have the necessary support.
Unaccompanied minors who wish to obtain a study permit and come to Canada without an accompanying adult must appoint a guardian to care for and support them during their stay in Canada.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires a notarized declaration that has been signed by the minor's parents in the country of origin and the guardian in Canada.
To learn more about finding a guardian, please contact the office of the institution where the minor plans to study.
In the event that a student chooses to transfer to a school, college or university in Quebec, then they will need to apply for a CAQ, and if necessary, apply for a new study permit.
Elementary students who will be entering secondary school, as well as secondary students who will be entering post-secondary school, must apply to change their study permit. Students who change educational institutions must inform the IRCC of these changes.
The same procedure applies to overseas applications by visa-exempt foreign nationals, who will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) before entering Canada by air.
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All new study permits are issued at a Canadian port of entry. An applicant who has submitted an application to a Canadian visa office abroad will receive a letter of introduction advising them to travel to a Canadian port of entry to have the study permit issued in their passport. A study permit should be issued for the duration of the applicant's studies.
Foreign nationals from certain countries or territories must also obtain a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada. In the case of overseas applications, if the application for a study permit is approved, a TRV will be automatically issued. There is no separate fee or application for the TRV. The same procedure applies to overseas applications by visa-exempt foreign nationals, who will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) before entering Canada by air.
If a spouse subsequently decides to study in Canada, he or she will need to apply for his or her own study permit.
In order for an accompanying spouse to be eligible for an open study permit, the study permit holder must be enrolled full-time at a qualified institution at issuing post-secondary degrees. Eligible post-secondary institutions include:
Public post-secondary institutions, such as colleges or universities, or CEGEPs at Quebec;
Private institutions at the college level in Quebec Canadian private schools competent to issue degrees under provincial law. Learn more about how family members can accompany a principal applicant to Canada.
As well, some Canadian institutions offer entrance scholarships based on financial need to international students demonstrating particular academic distinction. Further information can be obtained by contacting the financial aid offices of the respective universities and colleges. The Ministry of Education in the international student's home country can also provide information regarding financial aid and scholarships that may be available.