2024 big updates: IRCC to implement changes for foreign students

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) already announced that starting 1st Jan, 2024, it will begin implementing changes for foreign students. The big updates for the same are mentioned below. 

IRCC: Updates for Foreign Students

Starting, 1st Jan IRCC began implementing changes for foreign students. The earliest one was the increase of living requirement cost for international students mentioned back on 7th Dec 2023 by IRCC. 

Earlier, students needed just $10,000 but now, they need to show $20,635 for a single study permit application. 

This increase of cost of living requirement was important as a rise in inflation has been recently. Moreover, students coming to Canada were not always prepared financially. 

This is because the cost of living requirement was way too low and hasn’t updated since the 2000s. Hence, it was high time that the cost of living requirement had to be increased. 

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Verification of LOAs by DLIs

Another change that IRCC began implementing from the start of 2024 was verification of Letters Of Acceptance (LOA) by Designated Learning Institution (DLI). 

Earlier cases of fraud LOAs submitted by international students led the Canadian government to take crucial steps. This means, when a foreign student submits an LOA with their student visa application, DLI will now verify that LOA via an online portal. 

IRCC has launched an online portal for the same. DLIs are the only educational institutions in Canada permitted to accept international students. 

Further, IRCC will be extending the policy of allowing international students to work for more than 20-hour a week. This way foreign students can work more part time jobs in Canada.

Moreover, IRCC will also be reviewing the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program. 

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Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati’s specialty lies in Canadian immigration matters along with crafting helpful, user-oriented content.

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