Canadian Govt Implements New Changes to Student Visas: What You Need to Know


In a significant move, the Canadian government has introduced key changes to student visas, impacting approximately 3,60,000 students this year.

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The Immigration Minister, Mark Miller, recently announced a two-year limit on new study permits for international students,

leading to a projected 35 percent reduction in the number of visas compared to 2023.

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Background and Criticism:

Housing Crisis Concerns:

The government’s decision comes in response to mounting criticism regarding the housing crisis triggered by the increasing influx of international students in recent years.

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Community Enrichment:

Minister Mark Miller acknowledged that international students contribute significantly to local communities but emphasized the need for balance and sustainability.

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Key Changes and Reforms:

Two-Year Limit on New Study Permits:

Starting in 2024, the Canadian government has imposed a two-year limit on new study permits, expecting around 360,000 approved study permits this year. Provinces and regions will allocate these permits to their Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs).


Re-evaluation in 2025:

To maintain program integrity and educational quality, Canada plans to continue implementing reforms, with a re-evaluation of the number of permits to be issued in 2025.


Action Against Unscrupulous Colleges:

The two-year limit is aimed at curbing the exploitation of international students by certain small private colleges with under-resourced campuses and high tuition fees.

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Changes in Postgraduate Work Permits (PGWPs):

From September onwards, Canada will cease issuing PGWPs to students studying under the course licensing regime.

Spouse Work Permits:

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Work permits for spouses of international students, excluding those in master’s and doctoral programs,

will no longer be issued in the coming weeks.

Financial Requirements:

Students must now demonstrate a minimum of 20,635 Canadian dollars in addition to their one-year tuition fees. Those bringing family members need to show an additional four thousand Canadian dollars.

Economic Contribution:

International students contribute around 22 billion Canadian dollars annually to the Canadian economy.

These reforms aim to strike a balance between welcoming international students and addressing concerns related to infrastructure, housing, and the overall student experience.

The government emphasizes the need for sustainable growth in the international student population.


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