Canada to Stabilize Growth, Reduce New International Student Permits to 360,000 in 2024

Canada Visa News: Canada announces 2-year cap on international student visas


The international student system in Canada is set to undergo significant changes, as announced by Minister Marc Miller and the Canadian government. These measures are aimed at stabilizing and protecting the system, which has been experiencing unsustainable growth. One of the key changes is the implementation of a two-year cap on new international student permits. This cap will result in a 35% reduction, bringing the total number of permits down to 360,000 by 2024. Additionally, provincial caps will be introduced to address varying growth rates based on population.

It is important to note that certain exemptions will apply to renewals and certain academic levels. Furthermore, provinces will be required to issue attestation letters for applications starting from January 22, 2024. Changes will also be made to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. Graduates from curriculum licensing arrangements will no longer be eligible, while master’s graduates will have expanded work permit eligibility. Spousal open work permits will be limited to those enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs.

These measures are in line with recent reforms and aim to prioritize genuine students while addressing instances of system abuse. Minister Miller emphasizes the need to strike a balance that benefits Canada as a whole. Further reforms are already being planned, including pathways to permanent residence for students with in-demand skills. Recent measures also include cost-of-living adjustments for study permit applicants, enhanced verification of acceptance letters, and targeted pilots for underrepresented student cohorts in 2024.

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Canada’s international student system is getting an overhaul to curb rapid growth and prioritize “genuine” students. Key changes include:

  • 35% cut in new permits to 360,000 by 2024 with caps tailored to provinces.
  • Eligibility shake-up for Post-Graduation Work Permits: Excluding curriculum licensing graduates while expanding options for master’s students and limiting spousal permits.
  • Further reforms planned: Pathways to permanent residence for in-demand skills, cost-of-living adjustments, and targeted pilots for underrepresented groups.

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