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New Canadian Immigration Updates for International Students

Jan 25,2024

Canada immigration news

Attention international students! Canada’s immigration landscape is changing significantly, impacting future study plans. Here’s a breakdown of the key updates announced on January 22, 2024:

1) Major Shifts:

  • Reduced Intake: Brace yourself for a 35% decrease in new international student permits issued in 2024, totaling approximately 360,000. This means fiercer competition for spots.
  • Focus on Skill Needs: Choose your university and program wisely. Align your studies with Canada’s skill gaps to increase your chances of success. Research provincial needs and choose institutions that address them.
  • Spouse Scenario and Work Permits: Diploma and postgraduate students may not be eligible to sponsor spouses initially. Masters/doctorate/postgraduate students may have this option under a quota system (details still being finalized). Open work permits for spouses may be limited to those in master’s or doctoral programs due to skill shortages.
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGW) Updates: Masters/doctorate/postgraduate students retain PGW eligibility, with duration based on program length. However, graduates of curriculum licensing arrangements (private colleges with public college partnerships) will lose PGW eligibility starting September 2024.

2) Other Important Points:

  • Apply Now under Current Rules: The exact implementation date for new measures is unclear. Applying under the existing rules now may offer a smoother process.
  • “Study, Skills, Integrity, College Matter”: From September 2024, students lacking genuine intentions, relevant skills, or attending “bad colleges” will not be eligible for PGW. Choose your institution carefully!
  • New Attestation Requirement: Starting January 22nd, every study permit application requires an attestation letter from the chosen province/territory, verifying acceptance within their quota. Remember, Attestation letter is not required for a student applying for a Masters, PhD or other post-graduate program
  • Temporary Measures: These changes are in place for two years, with 2025 intake levels reassessed later in 2024.
  • Focus on Student Well-being: Canada aims to ensure proper support and resources for genuine students.

3) Key Takeaways:

  • Research provinces and institutions thoroughly, aligning your program with their skill needs.
  • Apply under current rules, if possible, but stay updated on IRCC announcements and provincial/territorial regulations for attestation letters.
  • Prepare for increased competition due to the reduced intake.
  • Remember, these changes primarily affect students entering Canada from September 2024 onwards. Those accepted for earlier intakes will be unaffected.
  • With careful planning, informed decision-making, and a focus on genuine study, skills, and choosing the right college, you can still navigate these changes and pursue your Canadian study dreams.


  • Canada’s student visa overhaul brings fiercer competition, skill-focused programs, and revised spouse/work permit rules. Plan strategically, align your studies with provincial needs, and apply as soon as possible under current rules to secure your Canadian dream.


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