Are you an international student hoping to study in Canada in 2024? With a new year here, it’s crucial to understand the most recent student visa policy updates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) if you plan to apply for a study permit.
This article will explain all the need-to-know changes for 2024 in detail so you can stay on top of Canada’s newest study permit and student visa rules and requirements.

Extended Off-Campus Work Hours for International Students

Typically, international students in Canada are limited to just 20 hours per week of off-campus work during regular academic semesters under the terms of their study permit. This restricts the amount of income and professional work experience international students can gain.
However, IRCC recently extended more flexible study permit work hours rules until April 30, 2024. This allows international students to continue working additional off-campus hours above the usual 20 hour per week limit.
This is fantastic news for international students, who can now continue to earn extra income and build their resumes with in-demand Canadian work experience until the end of April 2024. Take advantage of this opportunity to cover expenses and develop professional skills.

Increased Minimum Financial Support Requirements for Study Permits

One requirement for Canadian study permit approval is showing proof that you have sufficient financial support to pay for living expenses during your studies, on top of travel costs and tuition.
Previously, the minimum amount international students had to prove for annual financial support was $10,000 CAD. However, due to rising costs of living and inflation in Canada, this baseline amount has been increased to $20,635 CAD for 2024.
Therefore, all new Canadian study permit applications submitted after January 1, 2024 must meet these updated higher minimum financial support requirements. Start preparing now to be able to demonstrate you can support yourself.

Changes to Post-Graduation Work Permit Eligibility Requirements

Historically, international students could only qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) after graduating from an eligible Canadian academic program delivered fully in-person. However, due to COVID-19, a temporary exemption was created that allowed PGWP eligibility if up to 50% of studies were completed online.
This COVID-19 PGWP exemption remains in place for international students who apply to start a Canadian study program prior to September 1, 2024. It’s important to note, however, that there are currently no plans to extend this PGWP policy accommodation further beyond that cutoff date.

New Study Permit Application Form Introduced

Applying for a Canadian study permit just got easier! As of December 1, 2023, IRCC introduced an updated version of the study permit application form (IMM1294).
Older editions of this form will no longer be accepted for study permit submissions made through IRCC’s online secure account system after this date. Be sure to access and use the new IMM1294 application form for any study permit requests submitted December 1, 2023 or later.

Mandatory Validation of Canadian School Acceptance Letters

Finally, a new requirement taking effect December 1, 2023 mandates that all Canadian academic institutions must formally validate and confirm the authenticity of every international student acceptance letter they issue.
If your Canadian school or university fails to complete validation of your acceptance letter in time, your study permit application could be returned and your application fee refunded.
To avoid potential delays, follow up with your institution to ensure they have validated your acceptance for study permit processing.

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Our dedicated team can guide you through every step, from finding the perfect Canadian school, to securing your valid study permit, to arriving prepared on campus.
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Planning to study in Canada? There are some exciting new changes coming up that you need to know about! From increased work hours for students, higher financial requirements, reforms in the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program and a new Study Permit Application Form – there’s a lot happening. Check out my video where I dive deeper into these updates and how they could potentially affect your plans. Follow me for more important updates on studying abroad! #internationalstudents #studypermits #canada #internationaleducation #studyincanada

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