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Understanding the New Guidelines on Study Permits for Minor Children in Canada

Study Permits for Minor Children in Canada

The Canadian government has recently updated its program delivery instructions concerning study permits for minor children in Canada. The update, announced on September 20, 2023, aims to provide clarity, particularly in the "Applying inland" section. This is a significant move, as it directly impacts families who are in Canada and are planning for their minor children to study here. Let's delve into the key points of these new guidelines.

Firstly, the update emphasizes the necessity of a letter of acceptance when extending a study permit for minors. This means that if your child is already studying in Canada and you wish to extend their study permit, you must submit a letter of acceptance from the educational institution they are attending. This letter serves as an official confirmation that the child is enrolled and is in good standing with the institution.

Another noteworthy aspect is the provision for minors studying at preschool, primary, or secondary levels in Canada without a study permit under subsection A30(2). These minors can now apply for a study permit from within Canada. To do so, they must provide proof of their enrollment, such as a school confirmation letter. Additionally, if applicable, they must also provide information regarding their parent's Canadian status. This is a welcome change, as it simplifies the process for families already residing in Canada.

When it comes to extending their stay, a minor child has two options. They can either extend their study permit or their temporary resident status, provided subsection A30(2) allows them to study without a study permit in Canada. This flexibility is beneficial for families who may have different immigration statuses and are looking for the most convenient way to extend their child's ability to study in Canada.

Furthermore, under the same subsection A30(2), a minor child applying to restore their status can continue studying during the application process. This is crucial as it ensures that the child's education is not disrupted while the family navigates through the immigration procedures.

In summary, the new guidelines on study permits for minor children offer more clarity and flexibility for families. They make it easier to apply for or extend study permits, and they provide options for those who are already in Canada. These updates reflect the Canadian government's commitment to making the immigration process more straightforward and accessible, especially for families with minor children looking to secure their educational future in Canada.

If you have any questions or need further clarification on how these new guidelines may impact your family's immigration plans, Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services is here to assist you. With our in-depth expertise in Canadian immigration laws and procedures, we can provide comprehensive solutions tailored to your specific needs.


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