Strengthening Student Integrity (The Solution) -
Minister Marc Miller strongly emphasized that international students are not at fault for this fraudulent activity. To safeguard the integrity of the student program and protect these students, several crucial measures have been introduced.
1.) Verification of Acceptance Letters (Starting December 1, 2023) -
Institutions that accept international students will now be required to double-check each student's acceptance letter with the Immigration Department. This will ensure that authorities grant study permits only based on authentic acceptance letters.
2.) Priority Processing for Study Permits -
In this new system, applicants who are applying to recognized high-quality institutions will have their study permits processed more quickly. This change aims to make the visa application process smoother for genuine international students, helping them transition into Canadian academic life more easily.
3.) Recognition of High-Quality Institutions (Coming in the Next Fall Semester) -
The government is creating a system to identify post-secondary schools that provide excellent services, support, and results for international students. This system, set to launch in the next fall semester, will reward institutions that offer not only quality education but also suitable housing and services.