Recent, we received a question from a Nigerian mother about being a dependant of a student in Canada. She asked, Can a 16-Year-Old Bring Their Mother to Canada as a Dependent?
Hello, please a child who is 16yrs plus intends to study in Canada.Can the mother go with him because he is a dependant. I live in Edo State, Nigeria
The Answer is Yes, a child who is 16 years or older can bring their mother, father or somebody else to Canada as a dependent. The person would need to apply for a study permit as a dependent of a student, and would need to meet the requirements for a study permit, such as having a valid passport, proof of financial support, and a medical exam.
The person would also need to show that she is accompanying the child to Canada for the purpose of providing care and support while the child studies. She would not be able to work in Canada while she is on a study permit as a dependent.
Steps on How to Apply for a Study Permit as a Dependent of a Student
Here are the steps on how to apply for a study permit as a dependent of a student:
- You will need to create an online account with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- You will need to submit an application form, along with supporting documents, such as your passport, proof of financial support, and a medical exam.
- You will need to pay the application fee.
- You will need to attend an interview with an IRCC officer.
The processing time for a study permit as a dependent can vary, but it is typically between 6 and 12 months.
Supporting Documents Needed for a Study Permit as a Dependent of a Student
Here are some of the supporting documents that you will need to submit with your application:
- A letter from the child’s school confirming that they have been accepted into the program.
- A letter from the child’s parents or legal guardians confirming that they consent to the child studying in Canada.
- Proof of financial support, such as bank statements, letters from sponsors, or proof of employment.
- A medical exam report.