Canada Imposes Two-Year Limit on New Study Permits: What You Need to Know
In a recent press conference, Marc Miller, the Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, outlined key measures that the Canadian government is implementing for the betterment of international students and to ensure the integrity and sustainability of Canada's student visa program. These changes reflect Canada's dedication to providing a high-quality educational experience for all international students, including those from India.
Study Permit Cap
The minister announced that starting in 2024, there will be a temporary cap on new international study permits for a period of two years, aiming to balance student intake with quality education and support. The cap will limit the number of approved permits to around 364,000, which is a 35% decrease compared to 2023.
Provincial Allocation Based on Population
This cap will be distributed among provinces based on their population, with some provinces experiencing more significant reductions. This approach aims to address regions with overwhelming student growth.
Provincial Attestation Requirement
All study permit applications submitted to IRCC will need to include an attestation letter from a province or territory, which will help in streamline student intake and implement the cap.
Exemptions from the Cap
The cap does not apply to graduate-level programs (master’s or doctoral studies) and elementary and secondary school applications. Additionally, it won't affect current study permit holders in Canada or those seeking to extend their studies.
Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) Revisions
In response to the evolving needs of the international student community and the Canadian labour market, notable changes are set to redefine the post-graduation work permit landscape. Notably, starting September 1, 2024, post-graduate work permits will no longer be available for programs delivered via public-private partnerships, a move aimed at ensuring the quality and integrity of educational experiences.
Spousal Work Permits
Spouses of international students will only be eligible for open work permits if they are enrolled in master's, doctoral, or professional programs (like medicine and law).
Expansion of Post-Study Work Rights
In a significant stride towards enhancing career opportunities for international students, graduates of master’s and short graduate-level programs will soon be eligible for a three-year work permit. This change acknowledges the need for adequate work experience and smoother transition pathways to permanent residence for these graduates.
For the next two years, the Canadian government will review the number of new study permit applications accepted. They will collaborate with provinces, territories, learning institutions, and education stakeholders to create a sustainable plan for international students, including setting recognized institution standards, establishing sustainable student levels, and ensuring sufficient student housing in post-secondary institutions.
These changes present both challenges and opportunities for Indian students aspiring to study in Canada. The cap ensures that students receive the attention and resources they need for a successful academic experience. Moreover, the exemption for graduate programs and the expansion of post-study work rights for master's graduates open new avenues for higher education and career growth in Canada.
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