International students enrich Canadian communities and are an important part of Canada’s social, cultural and economic fabric. In recent years, arrangements for international student arrivals have come under threat. Some institutions have significantly increased the number of students to increase revenue and do not have the necessary infrastructure to support them.
The rapid increase in the number of international students coming to Canada has put pressure on housing, health care and other services. As Canada works to improve the quality of international students and supports sustainable population growth, the country’s government is moving forward with measures to stabilize the number of international students in Canada.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Mark Miller announced that the Government of Canada has issued a new circular for two years. According to the circular, approximately 360,000 students will be able to come to Canada in 2024, which will be 35 percent less than in 2023. The basis of fairness of the provinces will be determined by how many students will come to which province. As a result, the provinces that have experienced the largest unplanned increase in international student numbers will decline.
However, those who have come to Canada before will not have any problem in renewing their study permit.
It may be noted here that those who have started or have already been approved to start pursuing Master’s and Doctorate degrees and primary and secondary education, will not fall under this restriction. In this rule, all those who have applied for study permit till January 22, have to take a certificate from their respective province and submit an additional document to prove the accuracy of the application by March 31.