Canada has recently announced some major changes in its student visa policy that will affect many prospective international students, especially those from India. Here are some of the key points you need to know:
- The federal government has imposed a two-year cap on the number of new student visas to be issued, starting from January 22, 2024. The cap is expected to result in approximately 360,000 approved study permits for 2024, a decrease of 35% from 2023. The cap will be reassessed at the end of this year for 2025.
- The cap will be distributed among the provinces and territories according to their population, with more significant decreases in provinces where the international student population has grown rapidly in recent years. Each province and territory will allocate their share of the cap among their designated learning institutions (DLIs).
- To apply for a study permit, you will need an attestation letter from the province or territory where your DLI is located, confirming that they have allocated a spot for you under the cap. You will also need a letter of acceptance from your DLI, which will be verified by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- The cap will not affect study permit renewals, master’s and doctoral students, or elementary and secondary students. Current study permit holders will not be affected either.
- The cap is part of the government’s efforts to protect the integrity of the international student system, prevent exploitation and vulnerability of students by some private institutions, and address the housing and service pressures caused by the influx of international students.
- The government is also working on developing a recognized institution framework, which will identify DLIs that meet high standards of quality and accountability. This framework will help students choose reputable institutions and programs that align with their goals and interests.
- The government has also updated the cost-of-living requirement for study permit applicants to reflect the true cost of living in Canada. You will need to show that you have enough funds to cover your tuition fees, living expenses, transportation costs, and health insurance for the duration of your studies.
- The government has also introduced some targeted pilots to help underrepresented cohorts of international students pursue their studies in Canada, such as women in STEM fields, Indigenous students, and students from low-income countries.
If you are planning to study in Canada, you should keep yourself updated on these changes and how they may affect your eligibility and application process. You should also consult with your DLI and an authorized immigration consultant or lawyer for guidance and assistance.
For more information, you can visit the following websites:
- Canada to stabilize growth and decrease number of new international student permits issued to approximately 360,000 for 2024 – Canada.ca
- Federal government announces 2-year cap on student permits | CBC News
- Canada imposes 2-year cap on student visas, reducing new visas by 35% – Business Standard
- Who will be affected by Canada’s cap on new student visas? | Explained News – Onmanorama
- Canada Changes Visa Norms Amid Rent Crisis. How This Hits Indian Students – NDTV
This blog post is based on publicly available information from reliable sources. However, it is not intended to provide legal or immigration advice. Please consult with a qualified professional before making any decisions or taking any actions related to your study plans in Canada.