Canada limits the accepted number of study permits for international students at Canadian institutions

Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marc Miller, announced a two-year limit on the number of foreign students accepted into the country, adding that this limit is temporary.

The Canadian Minister of Immigration added that this limit issued by the Canadian government will lead to a reduction in the number of study permits approved in Canada for the current year, and it is expected that the number of study permits in Canada will decrease by 35%.

Marc Miller explained that there will be a cap for each province and territory in Canada, with numbers proportional to their population to ensure that areas with the largest numbers of non-sustaining international students will see the greatest declines in the distribution of permits for studying in Canada for the coming year.

Miller stressed that the maximum limit will not affect students seeking a master’s or doctoral degree, or students from kindergarten to twelfth grade, and exceptions also include those holding current study permits in Canada.

The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is scheduled to set the maximum limits for each province and territory, as international students will be required to obtain sightings from a province or territory to be considered before they are given permits to study in Canada.

The Canadian Minister of Immigration explained that this latest decision aims to protect international students in Canada, while ensuring the sustainability of population growth in Canada, adding that the number of study permits in Canada will be re-evaluated again at the end of this new year, and the number of new study permits that will be allocated. In the year 2025.

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