IRCC update for current and prospective VIU Students

On January 22, 2024 Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provided updates concerning international students planning to study in Canada. Learn more about IRCC details and updates.

These announcements included:

  • A temporary cap on Study Permits aimed at stabilizing the number of new study permits issued for two years. For 2024, the cap will be 360,000 across the country, allocated to provinces and territories based on population.
  • As of Jan 22, 2024, new study permit applications require an attestation letter from the province or territory where students plan to study. A process is expected to be in place by Mar 31, 2024. Study permit applications submitted on Jan 22, 2024, or later without an attestation letter will be returned and application fees refunded. Master’s programs are exempt from the attestation letter. Learn more about attestation letters details and updates.
  • If you have received an offer to attend VIU and are not in a master’s program, you should not apply for a study permit until the process for attaining an attestation letter has been determined.
  • If you are a current student, study permit and study permit extension application processes will not be impacted.
  • IRCC has indicated that only spouses of students in master’s and doctoral programs will be eligible for a spousal open work permit while pursuing studies. We expect more information regarding this will be provided in the coming weeks. 

Services available to current VIU students:

VIU is working closely with the relevant authorities to seek further clarification on these updates, and we appreciate your patience as we await further information.  We will update this webpage as more information is provided.