Plans to cut down on foreign student enrollment in Canada

In the near future, the Canadian government plans to decrease the number of overseas students admitted to the country, according to a source in Toronto.

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Marc Miller, expressed his disapproval of the system and hinted at plans to limit the number of foreign students allowed to enter the country in the coming months.

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He expressed his concern about the large number of overseas students enrolled in Canadian universities, saying, “That volume is disconcerting,” in an interview with CTV News.

Although Miller refrained from disclosing them, it seems that the Canadian government is considering targets. When we reduce those numbers, we can get a good idea of what they might look like. As a gesture of goodwill for his provincial counterparts, he told CTV News in an interview airing on Sunday that the parties involved will first meet at the negotiation table to address the matter.

India has the biggest group of overseas students compared to any other country. They made up 215,910 (or more than 37%) of the 579,075 total as of the end of November 2023, according to statistics from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In comparison, last year’s total was 225,835 out of 548,785, or more than 41%. From 107,070 in 2018—less than half of the current figure—the number of Indians receiving study permits has increased dramatically over the previous five years.

Canadian policies for overseas students have been in the works since the latter half of last year. According to a December 7 announcement by the IRCC, new study permit applications submitted on or after January 1, 2018, will now require a single applicant to have CA$ 20,635 (roughly 12.7 lakh), up from CA$ 10,000 (roughly 6.14 lakh) previously.

It was stated in October 2023 that designated learning institutions (DLIs) would be required to use the IRCC to validate acceptance letters for all applicants commencing in December 2023.

“We need to be doing our jobs and making sure that we have a system that actually makes sure people have the financial capability to come to Canada and that we’re actually verifying offer letters,” Miller said, alluding to these procedures.

Having a discourse about volumes and the effect that is being seen in specific communities is now crucial, according to Canada’s Immigration Minister.