Canada has announced new measures to strengthen the integrity of its International Student Program and to protect genuine students from fraud. Starting from December 1, 2023, post-secondary designated learning institutions (DLIs) will be required to confirm every applicant’s letter of acceptance directly with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This will ensure that study permits are issued only based on authentic letters of acceptance.
Canada is a popular destination for international students, thanks to its high-quality education, welcoming society, and immigration opportunities. In 2022, it hosted a record number of 807,750 international students from 184 countries. The top source countries were India, China, and the Philippines. The leading destinations were Ontario and British Columbia.
However, some international students have also faced challenges and frauds while navigating Canada’s International Student Program. Some nefarious actors have preyed on genuine students by issuing fake letters of acceptance or exploiting the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. To address these issues, Canada is taking action to enhance the verification process and to review the criteria for work permits.
In addition, Canada will introduce a “recognized institution” framework by the fall semester of 2024. This framework will benefit post-secondary DLIs that set a higher standard for services, support, and outcomes for international students. These DLIs will enjoy benefits such as priority processing of study permit applications by IRCC.
Canada recognizes the significant social, cultural, and economic benefits that international students bring to the country. It also aims to meet the needs of the Canadian labour market, as well as regional and Francophone immigration goals. Through these reforms, Canada hopes to maintain its attractiveness and reputation as a top destination for international students.
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