International students bring diversity and benefits to Canada, but there have been issues with the system. Some schools have let in too many students just to increase their revenue, and many students come without enough support. This also puts stress on housing and services. Therefore, the government is taking steps to control the number of new international student permits for the next two years.
Minister Marc Miller announced that Canada will limit the number of international student permits in 2024 to about 360,000, a 35% decrease from 2023. Provinces will have their own limits based on population, aiming to reduce numbers where growth has been too much. Renewals, master’s and doctoral students, and elementary/secondary education students are not included in this limit. Current students won’t be affected.
Moreover, each province will get a share of the limit, which they’ll distribute to their schools. Starting January 22, 2024, every student permit application must include a letter from the province. Provinces must set up a process for these letters by March 31, 2024.
These measures will be in place for two years, with a review in 2025. During this time, the government will work with provinces, schools, and education groups on a lasting plan for international students, including setting proper levels and ensuring enough housing.
To match the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, there are changes coming:
Starting September 1, 2024, students in curriculum licensing programs (private colleges with partnerships with public colleges) won’t get a work permit after graduating. These programs, often in private colleges, have grown but have less oversight.
Master’s degree graduates can soon apply for a 3-year work permit, giving them more time to gain work experience and possibly become permanent residents.
Spouses of international students in master’s and doctoral programs can get open work permits, but those in other programs won’t be eligible.
These steps, along with other recent changes, aim to make sure genuine students get the support they need and create a better experience while controlling the number of students and easing pressure on housing and services in Canada.
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