Study in Canada: Great News! Alberta and Manitoba Now Issuing Provincial Attestation Letters (PALs)

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Study in Canada: Great News! Alberta and Manitoba Now Issuing Provincial Attestation Letters (PALs)

International students looking to study in Alberta or Manitoba, here’s some exciting news! These provinces have begun issuing Provincial Attestation Letters (PALs), a new requirement for your study permit application.

What are Provincial Attestation Letters (PALs)?

PALs are a verification system introduced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).  They confirm that your chosen province supports your intention to study there.  Think of it as a thumbs up from the province itself!

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How to Get a PAL in Alberta

Alberta started issuing PALs on March 1, 2024. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Your Designated Learning Institution (DLI) will request your PAL on your behalf. DLIs are the only schools in Canada authorized to accept international students.
  • Contact your DLI registrar’s office for details. They will have the latest information on the PAL process and any specific requirements.
  • You may need to show additional commitment to your chosen DLI. This could involve paying a deposit alongside accepting your offer of admission. For example, the University of Alberta or the University of Calgary might require a deposit to process your PAL request.
  • DLIs will notify you by email when your PAL is ready to download. Once you have your PAL, you can include it with your study permit application.

How to Get a PAL in Manitoba

Manitoba joined Alberta in issuing PALs on March 4, 2024. The process here is similar to Alberta:

  • Your DLI will request your PAL.
  • Contact your DLI registrar’s office for details on their specific requirements.
  • You may need to pay a deposit to your DLI. The University of Manitoba, for instance, requires a non-refundable $2,000 CAD deposit to be paid by credit card within 10 business days of receiving your offer.
  • Requirements may vary between DLIs. Make sure to check with your chosen institution for their specific procedures.

Overall, the introduction of PALs is a positive step for international students in Alberta and Manitoba.  While details on allocation and distribution are still emerging, the system streamlines communication between students, DLIs, and the provincial governments.

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Stay Informed! We recommend contacting your chosen DLI as soon as you receive your offer of admission. They will be able to guide you through the PAL application process and answer any questions you may have.

We wish you the very best in your studies in Canada!  Want more such updates? Make sure you follow Leverage Edu News Updates.

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