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New Policies to Protect the Academic Integrity of International Students in Canada

The Canadian government is taking a different approach to combat fraudulent activities targeting international students. Instead of placing limits on new international student arrivals, a new system will be introduced to authenticate Letters of Acceptance required for study permit applications. Additionally, Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) will need to meet elevated standards for services, support, and outcomes to qualify for benefits like expedited processing of study permit applications. More details on the recognition process and associated benefits will be disclosed soon. The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) will also be reviewed and reformed to align with Canada's labor demands and support regional and Francophone immigration objectives.

Canada is a popular destination for international students, having welcomed 551,405 students from 184 countries in 2022 and reaching an all-time high of 807,750 international students with valid Canadian study permits by the end of the same year. India, China, and the Philippines were the primary source countries for new international students with Ontario and British Columbia being their leading destinations. Canada is set to host approximately 900,000 international students in 2023, and the government remains proactive in issuing study permits.

However, a recent report by members of Canada's Senate highlighted key challenges related to the integrity of Canada's international student system. One issue pointed out was concerning education agents who may guide international students towards programs that do not qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit. Without this permit, graduates may face limitations in employment opportunities and obtaining permanent residence after graduation.

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