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  • Writer's pictureHossein Alavi, RCIC

New Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) System for International Students in British Columbia

Updated: Apr 10

British Columbia has introduced a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) system effective March 4, 2024, aligning with federal changes for international student study permits. This move comes in response to the guidelines set by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on January 22, 2024.

It introduces a requirement for international students to obtain a PAL as part of their study permit application, confirming their acceptance within the set provincial or territorial quota. This change underscores the government's commitment to managing international student admissions while aligning with national immigration policies.


The Process:

To obtain a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) in British Columbia, an international student first needs to be accepted by a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in B.C. The DLI then requests a PAL from the provincial government on behalf of the student. This request is based on the institution's allocated quota of international students. Once the PAL is issued, the student includes it with their study permit application to IRCC as proof of compliance with the new regulations.

Key Changes:

  • Requirement of PAL: International students need a PAL to apply for a study permit, confirming their acceptance within the province's study permit quota.

  • Role of Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs): DLIs in B.C. must request PALs from the provincial government based on their allocated quotas.

  • Impact on Study Permit Applications: The system influences the number of international students each institution can accept, as part of the federal government's overall strategy for managing international student admissions.Focus on a made-in-B.C. solution aligning with the province's unique environment.


The implementation of the Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) system is a pivotal development for international students planning to study in British Columbia. It reflects a commitment to align with national immigration policies while managing student admissions effectively. As these changes unfold, it's essential for students and educational institutions to stay informed and adapt accordingly.


What We Offer at Immigrative:

At Immigrative Visa Services Inc., we specialize in guiding students and institutions through the complexities of Canadian immigration policies, including the new PAL system. Our team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) offers personalized consultations, ensuring that each application is prepared and submitted with the utmost attention to detail. We provide ongoing support and strategic advice, keeping you abreast of any changes in immigration policies that might affect your eligibility. Choose Immigrative for expert assistance in your journey to Canada.


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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