Canada announces study permit cap over next two years with provincial, territorial allotments

The Government of Canada has announced that it will approve 360,000 undergraduate study permits for 2024, marking a 35% reduction from 2023. Each province and territory will receive an allotment of this total, with more significant decreases seen in provinces with “the most unsustainable growth” in their international student populations. A cap for 2025 will be introduced by the end of this year. Several other changes affecting international students were included in the announcement: International students are now required to provide an attestation letter from a province or territory when applying for a student permit, students and their spouses will face new restrictions to work permits, and international students who begin programs that are part of curriculum licensing arrangements will no longer be eligible for the Post-Graduate Work Permit program.

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