New Changes Announced in Canada International Student Program to Protect Students

New Changes Announced in Canada International Student Program to Protect Students

Manmeet Kaur Manmeet Kaur
[Published 30 Oct, 2023 | 04:32 AM]
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The Honourable Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marc Miller, made an announcement on 27th October 2023 about plans to implement several measures to protect international students from fake university letters.

Every year thousands of international students apply for a Canada Study Visa, thanks to its high-quality educational institutions, quick study visa pathways, and opportunities to work or gain permanent residency after graduation. However, navigating through the International Student Program comes with its own challenges and these measures will ensure to strengthen the program.

  • Starting December 1, 2023, post-secondary Designed Learning Institutions (DLI) will be required to confirm the acceptance letter of every student directly with IRCC. This new verification process aims to save students from fake letters of acceptance and help them avoid similar problems in the future.
  • IRCC plans to implement a “recognized institution” framework for post-secondary DLIs by the fall 2024 semester to improve services, support, and outcomes for international students. These DLIs will receive benefits such as priority processing of study permits for applicants who intend to attend their school.
  • IRCC will conduct an evaluation of the PGWP criteria in the upcoming months. The purpose of this assessment is to introduce necessary reforms to better align the program with the needs of the Canadian labor market, as well as the regional and Francophone immigration objectives.

Canada acknowledges the several benefits that international students bring to Canada, whether they are social, cultural, or economic. Therefore, IRCC has made several changes to the International Student Program for these benefits to continue.

Canada will continue to put in the effort to collaborate with institutions, provinces and territories, and organizations that represent Canada's colleges and universities to improve fraud detection and ensure the integrity of immigration programs.

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