Breaking news: Canada capped international students

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Canada capped international students numbers and more new rules for overseas students. Following a few days of speculation, Minister Miller of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada / Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada announced during an early morning press conference some of the new steps they will be taking with the International Student Program (ISP). An official statement was released on the IRCC website.

The minister predicted that more than 900,000 international students would be accepted to Canada by 2023, up from over 800,000 in 2022. 

New rules for International students to study in Canada 2024:

  1.  Temporary two-year cap on the total number of foreign student visas granted; in 2024, this cap is anticipated to be 364,000, a 35% decrease overall. Caps are determined by population and province, and the provinces will assign a certain number of students to specific institutions and how many they can recruit from overseas in academic years.
  2. Effective immediately, students applying must provide a provincial attestation for their study permit applications, e.g., a student studying in Quebec requires CAQ to apply for a study permit, and the IRCC implements similar models to other provinces in Canada. 
  3. Cap will not count towards programs at the Masters and PhD level, as well as the elementary and secondary school levels.
  4. As of September 1, the PGWP will no longer be available for public/private institution models. More specifically, public and private partnership institutes will suffer, and as a result, there will be a significant decrease in international students in Toronto specifically. Most Public-private partnership institutes are located in Toronto, e.g. Fanshaw @ILAC, Fleming College Toronto/Trebas, etc.
  5. In the coming weeks, they will announce that open spousal work permit programs will only be available to spouses of students in Masters and PhD programs and professional programs (medicine and law).
  6. It will soon be possible for graduates of master’s and other short graduate-level programs to apply for a three-year work permit. The existing regulations restrict master’s graduates’ ability to obtain work experience and maybe make the transition to permanent residency by basing a post-graduation work permit’s duration only on the duration of the individual’s studies program. 

***Cap does not apply to those in Canada extending their studies or study permit holders already in Canada. Temporary measures will be reassessed at the end of 2024.

Quotes

“International students are vital to Canada and enrich our communities. As such, we have an obligation to ensure that they have access to the resources they need for an enriching academic experience. In Canada, today, this isn’t always the case. Today, we are announcing additional measures to protect a system that has become so lucrative that it has opened a path for its abuse. Enough is enough. Through the decisive measures announced today, we are striking the right balance for Canada and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system while setting students up for the success they hope for.”

– The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

In the coming weeks there will be more updated new rules for international students on their permanent residency pathway and post-study work information’s. Stays tuned with Graduate Track Canada. Like many other overseas student, Bangladeshi students planning to study in Canada will also face the significant challenge but these challenges for dodgy students. Student who’s planning to study genuinely will not have much impact on that.

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