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Navigating Changes in Canada's International Student Landscape: An Important Update

Updated: Jan 25

Dear Readers,

We hope this message finds you well. Today, we bring you crucial information regarding recent developments in Canada's approach to international student permits. The announcement made by the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on January 22, 2024, outlines measures aimed at stabilizing growth in the international student population over the next two years.

Understanding the Changes: A Recap

In response to challenges faced in recent years, such as increased intakes and inadequate support for international students, the government has introduced a cap on new international student permits. For 2024, the cap is set at approximately 360,000, marking a 35% decrease from 2023. Notably, this cap will not impact study permit renewals, master’s and doctoral candidates, or those in elementary and secondary education.

Each province and territory will have its allocation under the cap, with the application process now requiring an attestation letter from the respective province or territory. This letter will be necessary for all study permit applications submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) starting January 22, 2024.

Temporary Measures and Post-Graduation Work Permit Updates

These measures are temporary, spanning two years, and are subject to reassessment in 2025. During this period, the government will collaborate with stakeholders to develop a sustainable path forward for international students, considering factors like housing and institution frameworks.

Changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program will come into effect on September 1, 2024. Notably, international students in curriculum licensing arrangements will no longer be eligible for post-graduation work permits. However, graduates of master’s and other short graduate-level programs will soon be eligible for a 3-year work permit.

In the coming weeks, open work permits will only be available to spouses of international students in master’s and doctoral programs. Spouses of students in other levels of study will no longer be eligible.

Our Offer: Free Initial Consultation for Clarity

Understanding the implications of these changes is crucial, and we are here to help. We're offering free initial consultations to provide clarity on how these adjustments may affect you. Whether you're a current international student, planning to study in Canada, or assisting someone in this process, our team is ready to guide you through these changes and address any concerns you may have.

Please reach out to schedule your free consultation and ensure you have the information you need for a smooth transition. We are committed to supporting you on your educational journey in Canada.

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