Understand more about the changes for international students in Canada

Stay updated on the latest changes for international students in Canada.

The Government of Canada has implemented new changes for international students in Canada. Moreover, we know that with all these changes, it can be a little confusing and uncertain, especially for future plans of coming to Canada.

Therefore, here we will explain what changes, what doesn’t, and how you can still come as an international student.

For instance, on January 22, 2024, Canada’s Minister of Immigration announced new measures to reduce the growth of international students in the country, a number that had been growing exponentially. Consequently, each province was assigned a number of students, and this amount will be divided, furthermore, between the different DLI institutions (Designated Learning Institutions).

In summary, these are some of the most significant changes for international students in Canada.

This student cap does not apply to the following situations:

Another change is the implementation of the PAL (Provincial Attestation Letter). Additionally, this letter works as a control tool for the number of students allocated to each institution granted by the government. Each province and each institution will have a specific number of PALs, reflecting the number of students they will be able to accept. Consequently, this is one of the significant changes for international students in Canada.

As well as the student cap, PALs also have some exceptions:

Changes to the Post Graduation Work Permit Program

The programs that are part of the private college agreement with the public college will not be eligible for the PGWP. Furthermore, this modality is where private colleges were licensed to offer public college programs in their facilities. These are notable changes for international students in Canada.

Added to this, is the fact that only spouses of international students in Master’s, Doctorate or Bachelor’s programs may apply for an open work permit during the time of study.

We also remind you, that last year the Government made a readjustment to the financial proof for a study permit, going from $10,000 CAD to $20,635 CAD.

So, are there still opportunities for international students in Canada?

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