Canada announces new restrictions on work permits and international students, spouses

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The Canadian Government has announced a two-year cap on the number of new study permits issued to Nigerians and other international students.

Immigration Minister Marc Miller who disclosed this on January 22 said for 2024, the cap is expected to result in approximately 364,000 approved study permits, a decrease of 35% from 2023.

In addition to the cap, the Canadian government will also require international students applying for a permit to provide an attestation letter from a province or territory.

Miller also announced changes to the post-graduation work permit program, starting that from September, international students who begin a program that is part of a curriculum licensing arrangement — where a private college has been licensed to deliver the curriculum of an associated public college — will no longer be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.


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