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International Student Policies

Ontario Universities Seek Stability Amidst Shifting International Student Policies

Canada’s international student landscape is experiencing a period of significant transformation. With the federal government implementing a cap on study permit applications and the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) proposing to reduce work hours for international students, universities, particularly those in Ontario, are facing new challenges and uncertainties. Ontario Universities Seek Predictability The Council...

Work and Study

Balancing Work and Study: Navigating International Student Policies in Canada

Canada’s commitment to welcoming international students is a cornerstone of its immigration policy. However, recent debates over work limits for these students have sparked discussions on balancing study and employment opportunities. Concerns Raised by Public Servants In 2022, public servants cautioned the government about the potential consequences of lifting the 20-hour weekly work limit for...

Caps for International Students

Canadian Universities Call on Government to Pause Caps for International Students

In a significant development that’s sending ripples through the Canadian education sector, colleges and universities are urging Immigration Minister Marc Miller to reconsider the proposed cap on study permits for international students. This unexpected move has sparked concerns about a potential decline in applications from aspiring global learners. The Call to Pause Colleges and Institutes...

International Student

Diversification of International Student Populations in Canadian Universities: Trends and Implications

Canada’s university landscape is experiencing a notable shift in international student demographics. The diversification of Canada’s international student population presents both challenges and opportunities for the country’s higher education institutions. Emergence of Nigerian Students Notably, Nigerians have emerged as the fastest-growing international student population in Canada, with a significant increase in study permits issued from...

Pearson Test of English

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Core: A New Pathway for Canadian Immigration

In a recent update, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has broadened its range of accepted language tests for Canadian immigration. Effective January 30th, 2024, the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Core is now an approved test for various immigration pathways, excluding the Student Direct Stream (SDS). Eligibility Across Immigration Programs This development implies...

International Student Program

Updates on International Student Program Reforms: Ensuring Sustainability and Positive Experiences

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently provided additional details regarding the reforms to the International Student Program (ISP). These changes aim to manage the program’s rapid growth sustainably while ensuring a positive experience for international students in Canada. Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) Requirement Effective January 22, 2024, post-secondary international students at the college or...

Canada International Students

Canada Welcomed Over 1 Million International Students in 2023: A Comprehensive Analysis

Canada has become a leading destination for international students, hosting an impressive 1,028,850 individuals with active study permits in 2023. This marks a substantial 27% increase from the previous year, as reported by Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada (IRCC). The surge in enrolments highlights Canada’s allure as an educational hub and its growing significance in...

Protect International Students

IRCC Update: Introduces Changes to Protect International Students in Canada

Pursuing higher education in Canada is a dream for many international students, drawn by the country’s esteemed institutions. Despite the promising opportunities offered by Canada’s high-quality education system, international students have encountered challenges during their journey. In light of this, Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, has announced a series of actions. These...

Cap on International Student

IRCC Implements 2-Year Cap on International Student Admissions in 2024

In the latest news, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a temporary cap on international student study visas for 2 years. IRCC is introducing caps for each province and territory, weighing them by population. Notably, these caps will not affect current study permit holders, renewals, or those pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees. Here’s...