Students under the age of 19 coming to study in Canada must EITHER:
- Travel to Canada with their parent or legal guardian, or
- Have an assigned custodian in Canada
As per the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website, a custodian is a responsible adult who will take care of and support the minor child. Custodians must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. They must live within a reasonable distance of the student to support the student in case of an emergency.
Purcell Collegiate School appoints a custodian for the students during their time in the program. Notarized custodianship declarations are required by IRCC as part of most study permit applications. This form is provided to the parents to sign and notarize and return to Purcell Collegiate following the acceptance of their child in the program.
As background information, to appoint a custodian, two documents are required:
- Custodianship declaration signed by the custodian and notarized in Canada
- Custodianship declaration signed by the parents and notarized in their home country
These two documents look very similar, but the signatories are different. These forms will be provided upon acceptance and will require signatures and notarization.
Purcell Collegiate School also requires notarized custodianship declarations as part of the application process.