Canadian Colleges’ record international education growth and new rules to enhance protection for international students

From December 1, 2023, Canadian colleges and universities will have to double-check every student’s acceptance letter with Canadian immigration authorities. This is to stop fake acceptance letters and make sure students get genuine study permits.

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03-NOV-2023 | The government of Canada has announced changes to the international student sector, including new measures for verifying letters of acceptance, a ‘recognized institution’ framework and planned changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

Starting on December 1, 2023, Canadian colleges and universities will have to check every student’s acceptance letter with Canadian immigration authorities. This is to prevent fake letters and ensure that only genuine letters of acceptance lead to study permits.

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Canada announces reforms for international education

Starting in time for the fall semester in 2024, Canadian Immigration will start recognizing schools that provide excellent services and support for international students. These schools will get special treatment, like faster processing for study permit applications.

In 2022, Canada welcomed a record number of international students, more than 800,000, becoming a top choice for studying abroad. However, this rapid growth, which has increased by 179% since 2013, hasn’t been matched with enough student housing or improved student protections.

In addition to record-breaking international student enrollments, Canada also surpassed immigration targets in 2022, with over 430,000 foreign-born people becoming permanent Canadian residents – the highest in decades.

The target of 465,000 immigrants for 2023 is likely to be exceeded, with some experts believing it could reach 525,000, surpassing not only the 2024 target of 485,000 but also the 2025 goal of 500,000.

In Canada, international students make up a much larger percentage of the total post-secondary student population compared to the United States. In the United States, there are slightly more than 1 million international students out of a total of 16.2 million students in higher education. In Canada, nearly 800,000 students out of a total of just over 2 million full-time students in post-secondary education come from other countries.

The Canadian post-secondary system is therefore highly dependent on international students, and the Canadian economy is also well served by their presence.

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