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🍁 Canada Announces Significant Changes to International Student Program for 2024

Canada Announces Significant Changes to International Student Program for 2024
Canada Announces Significant Changes to International Student Program for 2024

Are you dreaming of studying in Canada, one of the best countries in the world for education, diversity, and quality of life?


If you are, you should pay attention to the latest news as Canada just announced some significant changes to the International Student Program that will affect new applicants for 2024 w.e.f Jan 22, 2024.

Signficant Changes to the International Student Program:


  • Canada will set an intake cap on international student permit applications to stabilize new growth for a period of two years. For 2024, the cap is expected to result in approximately 360,000 approved study permits, a decrease of 35% from 2023. 2025 cap will be reviewed at the end of 2024. 🌍

  • The cap will be distributed among the provinces and territories, based on their population, with more significant decreases in provinces where the international student population has seen the most unsustainable growth. 🗺️

  • The cap will not affect study permit renewals, students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees, and students in elementary and secondary education1. These categories of students will be exempt from the cap and will not need an attestation letter from a province or territory. 🚫

  • To apply for a study permit, you will need an attestation letter from a province or territory, in addition to the acceptance letter from a designated learning institution. Provinces and territories are expected to establish a process for issuing attestation letters by no later than March 31, 2024. 📝

  • The cost-of-living requirement for study permit applicants will be raised to ensure that international students are financially prepared for life in Canada. For 2024, a single applicant will need to show they have $20,635, in addition to their first year of tuition and travel costs. This requirement will be adjusted each year based on the Low Income Cut off. 💸

  • The government will also develop a new framework to recognize learning institutions that provide top-quality services and support, including housing, to international students. Learning institutions are expected to only accept the number of students that they can provide adequate supports for. 🏫

  • Starting September 1, 2024, changes are coming to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. Some programs, such as short-term language courses and programs offered by private colleges providing curriculum for public colleges, will no longer be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.

  • Master’s graduates will be eligible for a three-year work permit, regardless of the length of their program. This will provide them with more opportunities to gain Canadian work experience and apply for permanent residence. 📚

  • Spouses of master’s and doctoral students will also benefit from the changes, as they will be eligible for an open work permit for the duration of their spouse’s study permit. This will allow them to work in any occupation and contribute to the Canadian economy. However, spouses of diploma and degree students will no longer be eligible for an open work permit under this category. 👫


These temporary measures are aimed at protecting the integrity of the international student system, ensuring the quality of education and student experience, and supporting sustainable population growth in Canada. 🌱


What You Should Do

If you are interested in studying in Canada, you should act fast and apply as soon as possible, as the new intake cap may limit your chances of getting a study permit. You will also need to meet the new cost-of-living and attestation letter requirements, which may vary depending on the province or territory you choose to study in. 🌟


At 1to1 Immigration, we can help you navigate the complex and changing immigration system and find the best options for your education and future in Canada. We specialize in helping international students achieve their dreams of studying and living in Canada. We offer personalized and professional services, such as:


  • Finding the right learning institution and program for you

  • Preparing and submitting your study permit application

  • Advising you on the cost-of-living and attestation letter requirements

  • Helping you with your accommodation, health insurance, and other needs

  • Supporting you throughout your studies and beyond


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