Canada announces international student cap for two years

Canada has declared that the number of new study permits that are issued to overseas students will be temporarily capped for two years. The cap, which will be in effect for 2024 and 2025, comes as a new deterrent for Indian students.

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Canada has declared that the number of new study permits that are issued to overseas students will be temporarily capped for two years. The cap will be in effect for 2024 and 2025. The cap, however, will not apply to existing study permit holders or those seeking permit renewals. The pursuit of master’s and doctoral degrees is likewise unaffected by these restrictions.

With the restriction in place, there will only be 364,000 approved study permits in 2024. At the end of the year 2024, the limit of 2025 will reassessed.

Indian applicants are already discouraged by rising living expenses in Canada and diplomatic issues between India and Canada. The two-year cap on the intake of overseas students announced by Canada has come as a new deterrent.

According to admissions experts, Canada which is one of the preferred destinations for Indian students, could therefore see a fall in the number of students from the country. The data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows that as of 2022, nearly 226,450 Indians were studying in Canada, making up four out of ten overseas students enrolled there. 

With the new restrictions in place, Canada will issue 35% fewer student visas this year, according to IRCC. Experts pointed out that, Indian students might turn to other nations, like the US.

Piyush Kumar, Regional Director South Asia and Mauritius, IDP Education informed, “We are already witnessing a shift in interest in students planning to pursue their studies in Canada due to the rising cost of living and housing,” 

Apply Board study abroad platform headquartered in Canada, predicts a shift in students’ preferences in 2024, as they explore options other than the traditional choices of Canada, the US, UK and Australia to countries like Ireland, Taiwan and South Korea. 

According to Apply Board, Ireland is getting popular among Indian students due to its globally acclaimed universities, government and institutional support, attractive post-study work opportunities and relatively affordable costs.

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