Dear Readers and International Students,
At Bhardwaj Law, we're committed to staying abreast of changes affecting our international student community. In a recent announcement, The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, highlighted significant reforms to better protect and support international students in Canada.
Canada Study Visa Update - Increased Cost-of-Living Requirement
Starting January 1, 2024, the cost-of-living financial requirement for study permit applicants will be raised. This ensures that international students are better prepared for the financial aspects of life in Canada. The threshold, adjusted annually based on Statistics Canada's low-income cut-off (LICO), reflects the minimum income needed to meet necessities.
For 2024, a single applicant will need to show $20,635, representing 75% of LICO, in addition to their first-year tuition and travel costs. This change aims to prevent student vulnerability and exploitation. It addresses the long-overdue need to align financial requirements with the current cost of living, providing students with a clearer understanding of the true expenses associated with studying in Canada.
Collaborative Solutions for Housing
Acknowledging challenges, the government plans to collaborate with partners to implement targeted pilots assisting underrepresented cohorts of international students. This initiative emphasizes the importance of inclusive support for all students pursuing their studies in Canada.
Upcoming Changes and Ministerial Update
The announcement also includes updates on temporary policies affecting international students:
Extension of the waiver on the 20-hour-per-week limit for off-campus work until April 30, 2024.
Continuation of the facilitative measure allowing online study time to count towards post-graduation work permits for students beginning programs before September 1, 2024.
Closure of the temporary policy providing an additional 18-month work permit, with eligibility remaining for those whose permits expire up to December 31, 2023.
These policies reflect a commitment to supporting students during and after their studies in Canada.
Bhardwaj Law's Role
As a legal resource, Bhardwaj Law is here to guide and assist international students in understanding and navigating these changes. Our team recognizes the social, cultural, and economic benefits that international students bring to Canada, and we are dedicated to ensuring their success and well-being.
Canada values its international students, and these updates aim to enhance their overall experience. Bhardwaj Law remains a steadfast partner for international students, providing legal expertise and support to help navigate the evolving landscape of Canadian education.
Legal Research Assistant
Bhardwaj Law Professional Corporation
Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with a qualified legal professional for advice tailored to your specific situation.
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