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  • Writer's pictureHossein Alavi, RCIC

The 2024 Immigration Policy Changes Affecting International Students Applying To Canada

Updated: Apr 10

The 2024 policy changes, the introduction of caps, and the new requirements affecting international students Applying To Canada

The recent policy change in Canada, introducing a cap on international student admissions, signifies a pivotal shift in the educational landscape. This measure impacts student intake numbers and brings forth new regional dynamics and compliance requirements.

Immigration Minister Marc Miller Announces Reduced International Student Intake in Canada: A two-year strategy revealed during a Liberal cabinet retreat./ Global News

The New Cap on International Student Admissions

The IRCC's decision to reduce international student admissions by 35% over the next two years. For 2024, the cap is expected to result in approximately 360,000 approved study permits.

Exemptions and New Requirements

Current study permit holders, renewals, and master's and doctoral program students are exempt from this cap. Starting January 22, 2024, most students will need to include a provincial or territorial attestation letter with their study permit application, a requirement set to be finalized by March 31, 2024. This letter will confirm a student's alignment with regional educational strategies.

Changes to Post-Graduation Work Permit Eligibility

Adjustments to PGWP eligibility impact specific student groups, with a notable extension of a 3-year work permit for master's graduates. Open work permit eligibility for spouses will now focus primarily on master’s and doctoral students.

Implications for Prospective Students

The cap intensifies the application process's competitiveness, with the IRCC prioritizing strong applications. The attestation letter from provinces adds complexity, necessitating an in-depth understanding of Canada's educational landscape and its regional diversities.

How Immigrative Visa Services Can Assist

Facing these policy changes, Immigrative Visa Services, both federally and provincially licensed, is prepared to guide candidates effectively. Our initial consultations assess the impact of these changes on you and your spouse, exploring all available options, including but not limited to study permits.

  • Personalized Strategies: We devise tailored strategies, considering various immigration pathways in light of the new policies.

  • Comprehensive Support: Our team is adept at handling provincial requirements, like the Letter of Attestation, and preparing strong applications to position each candidate favorably.

How We Approach Study Permit Applications

  • In-Depth Analysis: We analyze each candidate's educational background and work experience to recommend the most suitable programs.

  • Meticulous Preparation: Our expert RCICs prepare each application in detail, ensuring compliance with all regulations.

  • Strong Documentation: We provide additional documentation to bolster each application, presenting candidates as genuine and well-rounded.

In an era where strategic planning is key to navigating Canada's international student admissions, Immigrative Visa Services offers more than application processing. We provide partnership and expert guidance, ensuring your journey to study in Canada is managed with professional insight and care. Schedule a consultation with our regulated consultants to explore your options and strategies in this competitive environment.


This blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For personalized advice regarding your specific immigration situation, it is recommended to consult with an authorized immigration professional.

About the Author:

This blog post is authored by Hossein Alavi, RCIC, a seasoned Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and the founder and CEO of Immigrative Visa Services Inc. and EduPal Canada. With over ten years of experience in the education and immigration sectors, he is dedicated to assisting individuals and companies with their Canadian immigration needs. Contact Immigrative Visa Services Inc. today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward realizing your Canadian dream.


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