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Canada Implements Stringent Measures to Safeguard International Students and Education Quality

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Canada, renowned for its welcoming stance towards international students, is implementing rigorous measures to protect students from fraudulent practices and maintain the high quality of its education system. Marc Miller, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced these significant changes designed to enhance the experience of international students.

Details on the New Measures

Starting from December 1st, 2023, each applicant’s letter of acceptance will need to be directly validated with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) by Canada’s post-secondary designated learning institutions (DLIs). This step ensures that study permits are issued only to genuine students, rectifying issues encountered earlier this year when numerous cases of fraudulent letters of acceptance were discovered. Many of these cases were allegedly connected to a single Indian agent, against whom charges were filed in June.

Furthermore, in the upcoming 2024/2025 academic year, IRCC will adopt a ‘recognised institution’ framework. DLIs that can demonstrate a higher standard for services, student support, and outcomes will receive priority processing for study permits. This move underscores Canada’s commitment to offering a world-class education experience.

Changes to Work Permit Rules

IRCC’s upcoming initiatives also include a comprehensive assessment of Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) criteria. Reforms will be introduced to align the program more closely with the needs of the Canadian labour market, regional goals, and Francophone immigration objectives. The PGWP is currently an open post-study work scheme available to students who complete a degree, diploma, or certificate from an eligible Canadian college or university after at least eight months of full-time study.

Minister Miller affirmed that international students are an asset, emphasising their talents and potential. The Canadian government aims to improve the International Student Program by safeguarding students from unscrupulous practices and ensuring their time in Canada is beneficial for their personal and professional growth.

These measures reflect the results of a government review of the International Student Program and a broader review of Canada’s immigration system. The process involved extensive engagement with educational institutions, provinces, territories, and industry associations. Canada remains dedicated to maintaining its status as a global education destination while safeguarding the interests and experiences of international students.

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