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The framework for this policy is uniquely structured, with permit caps for each province being determined based on their population size.

Canadian cap on international student admissions

According to IRCC, the cap this year is anticipated to result in about 360,000 approved study permits, a reduction of 35% from 2023. It will be introduced for each province and territory, to be weighted by population and aimed at significant decreases in provinces where the population of international students experience the most unsustainable increases. 

According to the proposed plan, each province will receive a designated allotment from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for study permits. The leaked memo also noted that immigration officials are considering a model similar to Quebec’s, where provincial governments must provide a supporting letter for each study permit application.

Experts across various countries and destination markets for students agree that it’s high time to set further standards and revisit the industry’s professional engagement with agents and counselors in the best interest of international students and their families. 

Associations like NAFSA, APAIE, and AIRC seek to proactively address the evolving needs of their members and the international education community. This includes providing resources, guidance, and support to educational institutions and professionals navigating the complexities of remote learning, travel restrictions, and changing international student dynamics.

In a recent interview with MSM Reporter, Fraser Cargill, Director of Global Partnerships and Recognition at PeopleCert, shared his insights on the challenges and opportunities facing international education. Cargill spoke about the company’s early adoption of online testing, the increasing integration of work-based qualifications into higher education, and PeopleCert’s initiatives to achieve equity for international students.

The International Education Association of South Africa, a non-profit organization, is committed to advancing internationalization in higher education to enhance the quality of teaching, learning, research and community engagement. Over the years, IEASA has played a crucial role in preparing graduates, faculty and citizens to make significant contributions to local and global knowledge landscapes.

While the imminent deadline has triggered a surge in UK visa applications, it has also led many students to consider alternative educational destinations. Experts offer diverging views on the long-term impact of this policy shift on the UK’s appeal as a study abroad destination for Nigerians.

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