IRCC updates Canada Study Visa requirements for applicants

By Scarlett Wilson [Published 09 Dec, 2023 | 04:18 AM] 585
IRCC updates Canada Study Visa requirements for applicants

As of January 01, 2024, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is raising the cost-of-living requirement for Canada Study Visa applications.

IRCC noticed that the financial requirements have not been at par with the cost of living in Canada, and international students have been arriving only to learn that their funds do not go as far as they hoped.

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of IRCC, announced today that starting January 01, 2024, the cost-of-living requirement for a single Study Visa applicant will be $20,635. This is in addition to the first-year tuition fee and travel costs. The revised pricing is more than double the current cost-of-living requirement of $10,000.

Quick Facts

  • Starting January 01, 2024, the cost-of-living requirement for a single Study Visa applicant will be $20,635.
  • On October 7th, IRCC announced a temporary lift of the 20-hour/week cap on the number of hours allowed for post-secondary students to work off-campus until December 31, 2023. IRCC is now extending the waiver on the 20-hour/week cap until April 30, 2024.
  • Additionally, the measure that allows international students to count school terms spent studying online when applying for a PGWP - will be extended till September 01, 2024. There will be no further extensions for PGWP. The measure will no longer apply to students who begin a study program on or after that date.

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“International students provide significant cultural, social, and economic benefits to their communities, but they have also faced challenges navigating life in Canada. We are revising the cost-of-living threshold so that international students understand the true cost of living here. This measure is key to their success in Canada. We are also exploring options to ensure that students find adequate housing. These long-overdue changes will protect international students from financially vulnerable situations and exploitation.” quoted Marc Miller.

With the ever-growing interest in Canada by international students from across the world, IRCC continues to set the bar higher.

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Source: canada.ca

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