IRCC has announced a temporary cap on the issue of study permits for international students. As per the notice released for 2024, the cap will result in the approval of 360000 study permits approximately which means a 35% decrease as compared to 2023. Marc Miller said, “ International students are an important part of Canada and it is our responsibility to ensure that they have access to all the resources they need to enrich their academic experience.”
In order to ensure fairness, the IRCC is set to implement caps in each province and territory as this aims to address the substantial growth in provinces where the population of international students has experienced the most unsustainable growth. Cap does not include those pursuing master’s, doctoral, elementary, and secondary education. To implement the cap each study permit submitted will require an attestation letter from a province or territory. The process of issuing attestation letters to students will start from 31st March 2024.
Master’s students will now be eligible for a three-year PGWP from September, this will provide more time for post-study work and potential permanent residency transition. Open work permits will soon be restricted for the spouses of Phd and Master’s students.
These temporary measures will be active for two years and the number of study permits that will be accepted in 2025, will be reassessed at the end of 2024. During this time, IRCC will continue to work with designated learning institutions, provinces and territories, and national education stakeholders, to develop a sustainable path for international students including a recognized institutional framework, and ensure that post-secondary institutions can provide adequate housing facilities to students.
The main purpose of this cap is to ensure that students receive the support they require and should also have adequate resources to enrich their study experience in Canada along with stabilizing the number of students arriving and reducing the pressure on housing, healthcare, and other services in Canada.