International Students and Their Families: Supporting Minors Accompanying Study Permit Holders


This webinar is approved for 1 hour of CPD by ICCRC.

Many international students have family members that accompany them to Canada. This webinar will focus on the immigration processes required for international students’ children in particular. Through a review of IRCC policies and recent updates, standard application procedures, and common scenarios faced by international student advisors, the presenters will discuss challenges associated with these application types and how advisors can help applicants navigate them.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Explain options for completing an application for an accompanying minor child’s Temporary Resident Visa and/or Study Permit from outside Canada, and
  • Support an international student’s application for an accompanying minor child’s Visitor or Study Permit Extension from inside Canada


Lisa Brunner, RCIC, University of British Colombia (UBC)

Lisa Brunner is an International Student Advisor (RCIC) and PhD student at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her doctoral research focuses on the intersection of immigration and higher education policies and ethics. Lisa has professional experience researching and mapping  refugee settlement in Metro Vancouver, developing cultural orientation training materials for the settlement sector in both the US and Canada, and teaching English as an additional language in Turkey.

Matthew McDonald, RCIC, Humber College

Matthew McDonald is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), who currently works as an international student advisor at Humber College and as an independent immigration consultant. Over the past eight years, Matthew has worked in international education both in Canada (Manitoba, Ontario) and abroad (France, Macedonia). His roles have included college admissions counselling, teaching, recruitment, and marketing.