Important Changes to Overseas Study Permit Applications

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The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced today that the Government of Canada will set an intake cap on international student permit applications to stabilize new growth for a period of two years. For 2024, the cap is expected to result in approximately 360,000 approved study permits, a decrease of 35% from 2023. Those pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees, and elementary and secondary education are not included in the cap. Current study permit holders will not be affected.

To implement the cap, as of January 22, 2024, every study permit application submitted to IRCC will also require an attestation letter from a province or territory. Provinces and territories are expected to establish a process for issuing attestation letters to students by no later than March 31, 2024.

Who doesn’t need an attestation letter?

You do not need an attestation letter when applying for a study permit if you’re

  • a minor child applying to study in a primary or secondary school (kindergarten to grade 12)
  • a student applying for a Masters, PhD or other post-graduate program
  • a student applying to extend their study permit

Study Permit Specialists

Over the years, FSS has assisted over 10,000 international students enroll in Canadian institutions. Our team has refined its expertise to guarantee a smooth and efficient journey for aspiring students. We are proud of our dedication to facilitating the study permit application process, offering personalized support to each student as they commence their educational endeavors in Canada. Feel free to reach out to us if you need assistance.




Disclaimer: The information from the newsletter is directly derived from IRCC. The material and information contained on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. Although best efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, we cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of all information. As information may change without notice, always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.