Study Permit FAQs

 

January 22, 2024 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced some changes that will impact study permits for new international students. Please explore the questions and answers on this page as they may relate to your situation. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is an attestation letter and where do I get one?

Beginning January 22, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced they will require an attestation letter from the province or territory in which you plan to study with every study permit application.

Currently, we are waiting for more information on the provincial attestation letter from the Government of Ontario and when it will be available for study permit applicants. We will continue to communicate with students via email and provide any additional information when available. Please also check this page for any updates.

When should I submit my study permit application?

As noted by IRCC, starting January 22, 2024, study permit applications submitted without an attestation letter will be returned to the applicant. As attestation letters are not yet in place, we recommend that you do not submit your study permit application yet. Instead, we recommend that you compile all of the required documents for your study permit application now so that you can submit as soon as the attestation letters are available.

For more information about applying for an initial study permit, visit our Application Resources page. If you have further questions about your study permit application, connect with an International Student Advisor & Immigration Specialist via virtual drop-in advising or one of our workshops. Find the schedule and sign up via YI’s Events Calendar.

When will the attestation letter be available?

Currently, we are waiting for more information on the provincial attestation letter from the Government of Ontario and when it will be available for study permit applicants. We will continue to communicate with students via email and provide any additional information when available. Please also check this page for any updates.

How does this impact international students who are currently in Canada with a valid study permit?

These new measures are not applicable to international students currently in Canada and pursuing their post-secondary studies. Study permit renewals (or extensions) will not be impacted.

Does this requirement apply to all international students?

This new requirement applies to most international students, but not all. The requirement does not apply to students in a masters, PhD or other graduate programs. The requirement also does not apply to current students who are applying to extend their study permit.

Where can I find this information on the Government of Canada’s website?

More information can be found on Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Study Permits website, and the official news release.

Rest assured that York will email you important information and updates as soon as they are available, to guide you through this process. Please check this FAQs page often for any additional updates.

 

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