Provincial Attestation Letter and International Student Program FAQs

On January 22, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a number of changes to the International Student Program.

Among other changes, the government reported that for two years, beginning September 1, 2024, there will be a national cap on study permits. This means the government plans to issue about 360,000 new study permits in 2024, a 35 per cent decrease from 2023.

This cap only applies to new applications. It does not affect current holders of study permits or study permit renewals.

As of 8:30 am ET on January 22, 2024, most students must include a provincial attestation letter (PAL) from the province or territory where they plan to study with their study permit application.

There is still a lot of information about these changes yet to be released from the federal and provincial governments. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available.

Questions and Answers

What is a Provincial Attestation Letter?

A Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) is a supporting document provided by the province or territory where a student intends to study. Attestation letters will be required for all study permit applications submitted on or after January 22, 2024, unless exempt.