Canada To Restrict International Student Intake For Two
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Canada has announced a two-year limit on the intake of international students, with an expected 35% decrease in approved study permits.
The decision is motivated by concerns about rapid growth in international student numbers, also cited as putting pressure on housing and healthcare.
To implement the plan, a portion of the cap will be allocated to each province and territory, which will then distribute it among their designated universities.
Study permit applications now require an attestation letter from a Canadian province or territory confirming their capacity to accommodate the student.
The government plans to reassess the cap at the end of the year 2024 for the year 2025, indicating a dynamic approach.
Those pursuing master's and doctoral degrees, and elementary and secondary education, are exempt from the cap. Current study permit holders will not be affected
Students in institutions using a private-public model will be prohibited from obtaining a postgraduate work permit upon graduation.
Under the new arrangement, open work permits will only be available to spouses of international students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs.
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