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Navigating Changes: A Guide for International Students Planning to Study in Canada in 2024

For many years, Canada has been a popular destination for international students because of its welcoming laws and welcoming atmosphere. The Canadian government has recently announced updated requirements for its International Student Program in an effort to better inform students and discourage fraudulent practices.

This news is crucial if you intend to study in Canada in 2024. This is a summary of the most recent modifications made by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Updated Financial Standards for Those Applying for Study Permits:

Mr. Marc Miller, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, has proposed a major modification to the financial requirement in order to guarantee that international students are financially prepared. The cost-of-living requirement for study permit applicants has been revised to $20,635 as of January 1, 2024, in light of rising living expenses. It is sufficient for students to live comfortably in Canada with this amount, which is equivalent to 75% of the low-income cut-off (LICO). Beginning on January 1, 2024, all applications for study permits and Student Direct Stream (SDS) applications must comply with these new financial guidelines.

Updates on the Three Short-Term International Student Policies:

Updates on three temporary policies for international students have been shared by Minister Miller in addition to the revised cost-of-living threshold.

Extension of the Waiver on the 20-Hour Weekly Cap: International students studying in Canada who applied for study permits by December 7, 2023, will have their 20-hour weekly cap for off-campus employment waived until April 30, 2024.

Updated Distance Learning Facilitation Measure: If students begin their study program before September 1, 2024, they will be able to add online study time to their future work permit after graduation.

No Additional Post-Graduation Work Permit Extensions (PGWPs): There won't be any more extensions granted to the temporary policy that gives post-graduation work permit holders an extra 18 months of work permit if it expires by December 31, 2023.

Start the application process as soon as possible for the upcoming academic year if you are an international student intending to study in Canada. If you have any questions, get professional advice.

To sum up, the modifications to Canada's International Student Program underscore the significance of maintaining awareness. To receive individualized advice and all-encompassing assistance during your study abroad experience, get in touch with Maple Assistance. Our staff makes sure you stay informed and makes the process of studying in Canada easier.

Reach out to us right now, and allow Maple Assistance to be your dependable ally in realizing your goal of pursuing a Canadian education.

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