In today’s video update, we will talk about the Government of Canada introducing numerous key updates for international students, outlined by Immigration Minister Marc Miller, revealing significant modifications in work policies and study permits.
Increased Financial Requirements
Starting January 1, 2024, the cost-of-living financial criterion for study permit applicants will be doubled. This modification intends to make sure that international students are financially prepared to live in Canada.
Cap on International Students
Please keep in mind that there might be a limit on the number of international students after Fall 2024, with educational institutions anticipated to admit only as many students as they can support, including housing. This measure is part of safeguarding sufficient student support from educational institutions.
Extended Full-Time Work Policy
Also note that, the exemption allowing international students to work over 20 hours per week off-campus has been extended until 30th April 2024. This policy may develop further, possibly increasing allowed work hours to 30 per week during classes.
Extended Distance Learning
International Students starting their programs before 1st September 2024, can still count online study time towards post-graduation work permits, on condition that it comprises less than 50% of their program. This rule will not apply to students starting their studies after that date.
No Extension of PGWP in 2024
Another thing to note is that, the temporary policy providing an 18-month extension to post-graduation work permit holders will discontinue in 2024. On the other hand, those with permits expiring before 31st December 2023, can still apply for an extension under the 2023 policy.
Please note that, these updates reflect Canada’s evolving immigration policies, evaluating the needs of international students with Canada’s educational and labor market dynamics.
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