The information below is a brief overview of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s policy announcements since Jan 22, 2024, and is current at the time of publication. As policies will continue to be clarified in the coming weeks, we will update this page when more information becomes available.
- A temporary measure will be in place to stabilize the number of new study permits issued for two years. For 2024, the cap will be 360,000 across the country. This cap does not apply to master’s or doctoral students.
- 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 doctoral students. If you are a newly admitted student, check the initial study permit tutorial to learn more.
- If you are a current student, your study permit validity and study permit extension application from inside Canada will not be impacted by these changes. Plan ahead if your documents expire soon and you have travel plans.
- PGWP eligibility for UBC students will not be affected by the policy change.
- IRCC has indicated that in the weeks ahead, only spouses of students in master’s, doctoral or professional degree-granting programs will be eligible for a spousal open work permit while pursuing studies.
- As of Feb 15, 2024, graduates of master’s degree programs who are eligible for the PGWP can apply for a 3-year PGWP, even if the length of the program is less than 16 months. (Graduate certificates and diplomas are not master’s degrees and thus do not qualify for this).
Last updated Feb 22, 2024 at 11:34 am PT