On January 22, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced a number of updates and measures to the International Student Program. A cap will be placed on the intake of outside Canada study permit applications, resulting in approximately 360,000 approved permits. The number allocated to British Columbia or SFU is not known at this time.
The following updates are highlighted into two parts for undergraduates and graduate students. Note that the information on this page is current as of February 2, 2024.
1. Beginning January 22, 2024, unless exempted, most international students must include an attestation letter with their outside Canada study permit applications.
2. Current students applying to extend or change the conditions of their study permits within Canada are exempt from having an attestation letter.
3. In the weeks ahead, spouses/common-law partners of undergraduate students will no longer qualify for open work permits. IRCC has yet to announce the implementation date.
1. Master’s and PhD students are exempt from the study permit intake cap and requirement of attestation letter for their study permit applications.
2. Post-Graduation Work Permit of three years will soon be available to some graduates with master's degrees whose program duration was less than two years. More details on the eligibility criteria have not been announced yet by IRCC.
For more information about how the above updates may impact you, review our News and Updates section. We will update the page with new details as they become available.