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IRCC Reveals New Student Visa Caps

By Casey April 8, 2024 2 min. read
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Canada has unveiled its strategy to limit the number of study permits issued to international students by each province over the next two years. The country plans to reduce the number of new international student permits, with a target of 485,000 approved study permits for 2024.

Immigration Minister Marc Miller stated, “On January 22, I announced a national cap on study permit applications to address the rapid increase of international students in Canada. Provincial and territorial allocations for 2024 have now been finalized. I would like to take this opportunity to share those figures and explain how we made these decisions,” in a statement.

What Is the Reason for the Student Visa Cap?

Miller introduced a plan called the Net Zero First Year Growth Model, which seeks to stabilize the influx of post-secondary students while ensuring they receive the best possible support and resources for their academic pursuits in the country.

At the heart of this model is a national cap, designed to match the number of study permits expiring in the current year. The idea is straightforward: the intake of international students in 2024 should reflect the number of students whose permits are due to expire during that period.

Important Highlights of Canada’s New Student Visa Program Limits


Refined Target Calculation

Adjusted Cap Calculation

Final Target Determination

Future Planning

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