To our valued Filipino student community in Canada, JCA Law Office wishes to inform you about crucial changes to Canada’s international student program that may impact your studies and plans in Canada.

Key Changes and Their Impact:

  1. Intake Cap on Study Permits:
    • Change: The Canadian Government will cap international student permits at approximately 360,000 for 2024, a decrease of 35% from the previous year.
    • Impact: This may affect the availability of study permits for Filipino students planning to apply this year. It’s crucial to apply early and ensure your application is complete and accurate to enhance your chances of success under this new limit.
  2. Provincial and Territorial Allocation:
    • Change: Study permit allocations will now be distributed by each province and territory, requiring an attestation letter from them as part of the application process.
    • Impact: Filipino students will need to obtain this attestation letter, which may add a step in the application process. The allocation could also mean varying chances of permit approval depending on the province or territory of your chosen institution.
  3. Adjustments to Post-Graduation Work Permit Program:
    • Change: As of September 1, 2024, students in curriculum licensing arrangements will be ineligible for post-graduation work permits. Master’s and short-graduate program graduates will soon be eligible for a 3-year work permit.
    • Impact: This change will significantly affect Filipino students in curriculum licensing programs, who will no longer be eligible for work permits after graduation. However, the extension for master’s and short-graduate program graduates is a positive development, offering more time to gain Canadian work experience and potentially transition to permanent residency.
  4. Restriction on Open Work Permits for Spouses:
    • Change: Open work permits will be limited to spouses of international students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs.
    • Impact: This is a significant change for Filipino families in Canada. Spouses of students in other programs (like bachelor’s or diploma courses) will no longer be eligible for open work permits. This could affect decisions about family accompanying students to Canada, their ability to work, and overall family income during the student’s studies. Filipino students and their families must consider this change in their planning and seek advice on how to navigate this new rule.
Josef-Jake Aguilar Ontario Notary Public

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JCA Law Office Support:

We at JCA Law Office are dedicated to supporting Filipino students through these changes. Our services include:

  • Guidance on the new study permit application process and requirements.
  • Advice on post-graduation work permit eligibility and alternatives for those affected by the new rules.
  • Strategies for maximizing your chances of study permit approval under the new cap.

While these changes present new challenges, they also bring opportunities for better planning and preparation for your educational and career goals in Canada. JCA Law Office is here to assist Filipino students every step of the way.

For more information or personalized assistance, please contact us at JCA Law Office.

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