Canada capped the international student intake for 2024-2025
On January 22, 2024, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Marc Miller, announced a two-year cap on intake for 2024-2025 international student permit applications to stabilize growth. For 2024, the cap will result in around 360,000 approved permits, a 35% decrease from 2023. These measures do not apply to master’s, doctoral, elementary, and secondary education students and current permit holders.
Changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program will start from September 1, 2024, affecting students’ curriculum licensing arrangements. Graduates of master’s and other short graduate programs will be eligible for a 3-year work permit. Open work permits will only be available to spouses of master’s and doctoral students.
“International students bring significantly to Canada and enrich our communities. As a result, we have a responsibility to ensure that they have access to the resources they require for a fulfilling academic experience. This is not always the case in Canada today, according to Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.
“Today, we are announcing additional safeguards to protect a system that has grown so profitable that it has created a path for abuse. Enough is enough. Through the decisive measures announced today, we are striking the right balance for Canada, ensuring the integrity of our immigration system, and preparing students for the success they look for,” Miller added.
Updates to the International Student Program focus on enhancing student protection
Canada cherishes the social, cultural, and economic contributions of international students. To maintain these benefits and ensure student success, the Government of Canada addresses issues challenging the International Student Program’s integrity. This involves managing international student numbers sustainably and penalizing any threats to the system.
On October 27, 2023, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Marc Miller introduced measures to strengthen Canada’s International Student Program and fight fraud. From December 1, 2023, post-secondary DLIs must confirm acceptance letters with IRCC for study permit applications. IRCC will reward DLIs offering superior services, including priority permit processing. Additionally, IRCC will adjust the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program to align with labor and immigration goals.
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