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IRCC’s New Changes for International Students in 2024 – An Overview

Ashley Shelton



New Changes for International Students

Your journey as an international student in Canada brings forth a world of opportunities and experiences. However, it’s crucial to stay informed about the latest rules and regulations that shape your academic adventure. The Canadian government has introduced new changes for international students in 2024, aiming to enhance your study and cultural experience.

Let’s delve into the key changes that will influence your academic pursuit.

New Rules For International Students in Canada 2024

1. Increase in Cost of Living

The recent adjustment in the cost of living requirement is a significant change. Effective January 1, 2024, applicants for Canada study permits need to demonstrate funds amounting to $20,635 for living expenses, in addition to tuition and travel costs.

The living expense requirements vary based on the number of family members accompanying the international student.

Living Expense Requirements:

  • 1 family member: CAN$20,635
  • 2 family members: CAN$25,690
  • 3 family members: CAN$31,583
  • 4 family members: CAN$38,346
  • 5 family members: CAN$43,492
  • 6 family members: CAN$49,051
  • 7 or more family members: CAN$54,611 (plus CAN$5,559 for each additional family member)

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2. Cap on the Number of International Students

  • Canada has implemented a cap on visas for international students, reducing the number of permits by approximately 35%. The government aims to issue a maximum of 360,000 new study permits in 2024, with an overall cap of 606,250.
  • Exemptions to the cap include certain study permit applications and extensions.
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3. New Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) Requirement

  • Starting January 22, 2024, new study permit applications require a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) from the province or territory where the student intends to study.
  • The PAL issuance process at the provincial level is expected to be established by March 31, 2024.

Exemptions – Not applicable for those studying in preschool, primary, or secondary school, pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree, or applying for a study permit extension from within Canada.

4. Spousal Open Work Permit Eligibility Change

  • There will be a change in spousal open work permit eligibility. Open work permits will be limited to spouses of international students pursuing master’s and doctorate degrees.
  • Spouses of students in other programs, such as undergraduate and college programs, will no longer be eligible.

Eligibility – Limited to spouses and common-law partners of students in graduate (master’s and doctorate) and professional degree programs.

5. Changes to Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Eligibility

  • Effective February 15, 2024, graduates of master’s degree programs completed in fewer than two years will be eligible for a three-year post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
  • The PGWP length for programs other than master’s degrees remains consistent with the study program duration, up to a maximum of three years.
  • International students starting a program as part of a curriculum licensing arrangement will no longer be eligible for a post-graduate employment permit after graduation, starting September 1, 2024.
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Eligibility for a Longer PGWP – Graduates of at least two-year programs in PGWP-qualified institutions and graduates of master’s degree programs lasting fewer than two years.

Ineligibility – New students enrolling in public-private partnership college programs.

Adapting to these new rules ensures a smoother academic journey in Canada. Stay informed, plan strategically, and embrace the enriching experiences that await you as an international student in this diverse and welcoming country. For more details on IRCC’s new changes and how they may impact you, explore our comprehensive resources on Canada Immigration News.

Note: The above information is subject to change, and applicants are encouraged to check the official Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for the latest updates.

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