Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will modernize its International Student Program by implementing a Trusted Institution Framework by 2024. This framework will create a two-tiered structure with post-secondary institutions being assessed against criteria to show that they are reliable partners.
Institutions that meet the requirements will receive benefits such as expedited application processing. DLIs must provide additional data to the government, including:
- retention rates,
- on-time program completion rates,
- revenues from international tuition,
- institutional spending on international student support services,
- housing availability, and
- teacher-student ratios.
The government will establish the initial Trusted Institution destinations in the spring of 2024 and may consider caps on the number of international students due to rapid growth in application volumes.
If Trusted Institutions meet specific criteria, the IRCC has proposed that they may benefit from streamlined and accelerated processing for their applicants. The entire implications of this designation, however, have yet to be completely clarified.
Currently, any Canadian institution that accepts international students must be designated as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and approved by their respective provincial or territorial government, and international students must have an acceptance letter from a DLI in order to apply for a Canadian study permit.
The Trusted Institution architecture will be supported by two types of data. Some data, such as study permit approval rates, country of origin, and post-graduation student outcomes, such as transfers to post-graduate employment permits or other IRCC programs, will be drawn from IRCC records as well as other Government of Canada sources. DLIs will also be required to participate in a novel reporting effort, which involves submitting additional information to IRCC.
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About the Canadian International Student Program
Apply to study in Canada through the International Student Program, update your study permit, or find out about work while studying or after graduation. Because of its combination of top-tier academic opportunities and low living costs, Canada stands out as an outstanding place for pursuing higher education. The number of international students applying to Canadian universities has grown significantly in recent years.
The government has acknowledged that there will be an estimated 753,000 international students with study permits for Canada by 2023. Many Canadian universities provide a wide range of programs, including engineering, medicine, business, tourism, liberal arts, and more, for students to continue their studies in Canada in 2023. The Canadian universities offer numerous intakes in Canada. Read the ultimate guide on studying in Canada in 2023.
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