Documents for Family Members


If your family members are going to live with you in Canada while you study at Okanagan College, they may apply for visitor status at the same time as you. Please see below for more information on necessary documents for family members.

Inviting Friends or Family to Visit 
If you would like friends or family to visit you while you are studying at Okanagan College, you must send them a letter of invitation. Okanagan College does not provide letters of invitation. You must write it yourself. For more information, please click here.

Spouse/Common-Law Partner Work Permits

  1. If your spouse or common-law partner is accompanying you in Canada, they may be eligible to apply for a spouse/common-law partner work permit. Please visit the IRCC website to review eligibility. They may also be eligible to apply for spouse/common-law partner open work permit from within Canada, after they have been admitted as visitors.
  2.  Spouse/common-law partner open work permits are generally issued for the same length of time as the student’s study permit
  3. A job offer is not required for this work permit.

Permits for Dependent Children

  1. Minor children on a valid visitor status in Canada who want to attend pre-school, primary or secondary school and have a parent on a valid Canadian study or work permit, may study without a study permit. However, study permits rather than visitor records can make the immigration process run smoothly especially if your children enter Canada without a parent. When entering Canada, your children should bring with them two years of their official school records in English or with a certified English translation.

​​Extending Family Members' Immigration Documents

  1. All dependents (including children) requiring extension have to provide their own documents.
  2. Documents must be extended before their expiry date.
  3. You can apply to extend your study permit and your family members’ immigration documents online through the MyCIC account.
  4. Pay the appropriate fee for each family member.

DISCLAIMER: This website has been reviewed by Antriksh Mistry, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). This is not a legal document. Information herein may change without notice. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website, you are encouraged to visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website to access the most up-to-date information. updated on Aug 2019.