Study Abroad: New Rules for 2024 in Canada for International Students

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Study Abroad: New Rules for 2024 in Canada for International Students

Before planning to study in Canada international students must know about some essential rules and regulations. These new rules are not to restrict the experience of international students. Candidates interested in knowing about all the new changes made by the Canadian government for international students in 2024 must check below:


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New Rules for 2024 in Canada for International Students

5 new rules for international students in Canada for 2024 are listed below:

  • Increase in the Cost of Living: Candidates now require $20635 to manage their cost of living. In addition to this, the candidates should also have their first year’s tuition and travel expenses for study permits in Canada. This came into effect from 1st January, 2024. In case the family members are accompanying the students then the funds:
Number of family members (including the applicant)Amount of funds required per year (not including tuition)
If there are more than seven people, each additional family memberCAN$5,559

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  • Cap on the Number of International Students Coming to Canada: Canada has recently introduced a cap on the visas of international students which has resulted in a decrease in the number of permits by 35%. However, there are a few exemptions to this cap such as:
    • New study permit applications or extensions from within Canada are not included in this cap
    • Study permit applications to study at a primary school or secondary school are not included
    • Study permit applications to study in a graduate degree program at the master’s or doctorate level are also not included
  • Requirement of New Provincial Attestation Letter: Study permit applications submitted after 8:30 AM on 22nd January are required to provide a provincial attestation letter from the province or territory they are planning to study. PAL is not required for new study permit applications if the candidates are applying:
    • To study in a preschool, primary school, or secondary school
    • To study for a master’s degree or doctoral degree
    • To extend study permit from within Canada
  • Change in the Eligibility Criteria for Spousal Open Work Permit: As per the change open work permit will only be offered to the spouses of international students pursuing master’s and doctorate degrees.
  • New Eligibility Criteria for Post-Graduation Work Permit: From 15th February 2024, onwards candidates who complete a master’s degree in less than 2 years and meet all the other PGWP eligibility criteria will be eligible for a three-year post-graduation work permit. 

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