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New Guidelines for Study Permits: Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) – June 7, 2024

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Canada has introduced new guidelines requiring a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) for most new study permit applications. This change aims to better manage the allocation of study permits across provinces and territories. Here’s a comprehensive and simple breakdown of the new requirements and guidelines.

Key Updates:

  • Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL): A PAL confirms that the applicant has been allocated a study permit slot by the province or territory where they plan to study.
  • Application Cap: A cap of 606,250 study permit applications has been set for processing from January 22, 2024, to January 21, 2025.

What is a PAL?

A PAL is a letter provided by the provincial or territorial government confirming the allocation of a study permit slot to the applicant. It includes:

  • Applicant’s full name, date of birth, and address.
  • Allocation year and PAL expiry date.
  • Details of the study program, institution, and unique identifier (PAL #).

Who Needs a PAL?

All study permit applicants, except those who fall under specific exceptions, must provide a PAL. Without a PAL, the application will not be accepted for processing.

Exceptions to the PAL Requirement:

  • Primary and Secondary School Applicants: Up to grade 12.
  • Graduate Degree Applicants: Master’s and doctoral programs.
  • Current Permit Holders: Those holding a valid study or work permit and certain other temporary statuses.

Processing Instructions:

  1. Proof of Exception:
    • Applicants must demonstrate they meet one of the exceptions.
    • Provide documents such as proof of enrollment, valid permits, or evidence of family member status in Canada.
  2. Applications Without a PAL:
    • Applications without a required PAL will be closed and the study permit processing fee refunded.
  3. Document Assessment:
    • Officers will review submitted documents to ensure they meet the PAL requirement.
  4. Closing Applications:
    • If an application lacks a required PAL, it will be closed before reaching the assessment stage.

Special Instructions for Quebec:

  • Quebec applicants must include specific language in their Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) to fulfill the PAL requirement.

Important Notes:

  • PAL Validity: Must be valid at the time of application receipt.
  • Biometrics Fees: Must be paid and biometrics completed even if a PAL is not provided initially.
  • Applied Master’s Degrees: Programs such as those in British Columbia that lead to applied degrees are included in the exceptions.

These new guidelines ensure a more controlled and efficient allocation of study permits across Canada, helping manage the influx of international students and maintain the quality of education.

For detailed information on the new guidelines and how to apply, visit the official IRCC page.

Keywords: Study Permit, Provincial Attestation Letter, PAL, Canada Immigration, Study in Canada, IRCC Updates, Application Cap, Quebec CAQ, Graduate Degree Programs, Education Requirements.

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