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It is crucial to stay informed about the latest updates in student permit regulations. In January, Immigration Minister Marc Miller announced a significant policy shift: a two-year limit on the number of applications for international student permits. For 2024, Canada has approved approximately 360,000 study permits, with the limit for 2025 to be determined later this year. These changes aim to sustain population growth, enhance system reliability, and ensure international students have a positive experience. Renowned for its excellent education system, Canada is implementing these updates to prevent misuse and better align student programs with job market needs. Below are the changes to the Canada study permit rules for 2024 and their implications for international students.

Revised Cost-of-Living Requirement and Work Hour Cap

The cost-of-living requirement for international students has increased, reflecting the rising living costs in Canada. This adjustment ensures that students have sufficient financial resources during their stay. Additionally, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a 20-hour work cap for international students. This change provides more flexibility for students to support themselves financially while studying. Read more.

Extension of Post-Graduate Work Permit

On February 15, 2024, IRCC announced that graduates with Master’s degrees from programs shorter than two years can now obtain a three-year Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). This extension allows graduates more time to gain valuable work experience in Canada after completing their studies. For other programs, the length of the PGWP will continue to match the program duration, up to a maximum of three years. Additionally, the IRCC will no longer allow students to count time spent studying abroad toward their PGWP.

Eligibility for a Longer PGWP:

  • Graduates of programs at least two years long at PGWP-eligible schools.
  • Graduates of Master’s degree programs that are less than two years long.

New Study Permit Application Form

Managing the influx of international students is easier with a new study permit application form. The number of new study permits will decrease by 35% by 2024 from 360,000 in 2022. Provinces and territories will also cap the number of new international undergraduate students, with specific limits assigned to their universities and colleges. This reduction is particularly noticeable in Ontario, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia, making admission more competitive. These limits do not affect international students pursuing Master’s or doctoral degrees or current international students renewing their study permits. Notably, applications using outdated forms will not be accepted, especially for those applying through the IRCC secure account. Prospective students must use the correct form to avoid delays or rejections.

Restrictions on Public-Private Partnership Colleges

Another significant change is that new students enrolling at public-private partnership colleges, often cheaper and less selective than public universities, will no longer be eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP). The government aims to limit PGWP eligibility to students enrolled at designated learning institutions that provide high-quality services and support, including housing, to international students. This action prevents some institutions from prioritizing profit over educational quality, protecting students and maintaining the strength of the education system.


These updates to student permit rules in Canada for 2024 reflect a concerted effort to balance the influx of international students with economic and social needs. By increasing financial requirements, extending PGWP eligibility, and refining application processes, Canada continues to welcome international students while ensuring the integrity and quality of its education system.

Are you ready to take the next step in your educational journey? MyJapa.Ng can guide you through applying to schools abroad and understanding the new regulations. Contact us today to start your application process and secure your future in Canada.


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