As of Jan 22, 2024, new study permit applications require a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) from the province of British Columbia. A process is expected to be in place by Mar 31, 2024. Some students are exempt from the PAL, such as Master’s and PhD students.
If you have received an offer to attend UBC and are not exempt from the PAL, such as you are a newly accepted undergraduate student, you should not apply for a study permit until the process for getting an attestation letter has been determined since your application will be returned. However, you can start to prepare your study permit application, such as gathering required documents and writing a study plan. We will update this page when more information becomes available. See IRCC’s page for the latest updates.
If you are a current student, your study permit validity and study permit extension application from inside Canada will not be impacted.
As of January 1, 2024, the minimum cost-of-living financial requirement has increased from $10,000 to $20,635 for 2024, For new study permit applications, you will need to show proof of funds for the cost-of-living financial requirement plus your first year of tuition fees and travel costs. The cost-of-living amount will be adjusted each year based on Statistics Canada’s low-income cut-off.
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