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Provincial Attestation Letters for Canadian Study Permit Applications



As of January 22nd, 2024, most international students applying for a Canadian study permit now require a provincial attestation letter (PAL) from the province or territory where they intend to study. This new requirement aims to manage provincial student enrolment capacities.


What is a provincial attestation letter (PAL)?

A PAL is a document issued by a provincial or territorial government confirming that they are aware of your intention to study in their jurisdiction and that your program of study aligns with their immigration and labour market needs. This letter acts as an additional assurance for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) before they grant your study permit.


Do you need a PAL?

The requirement for a PAL applies to most study permit applications submitted after 8:30 AM ET on January 22nd, 2024. Therefore, applications submitted before 8:30 am ET on January 22, 2024 do not require a PAL.



However, there are exceptions for those who:

  1. Are applying to:

  • Preschool, primary, or secondary school (up to grade 12)

  • A master's degree or doctoral degree program


2. Are already in Canada and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Applying for a study permit extension

  • Hold a valid work permit

  • Are a temporary resident studying at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) as a visiting or exchange student

  • Are a temporary resident who completed a prerequisite program for DLI enrolment

  • Are under a removal order but cannot be removed from Canada at this time.

  • Hold a temporary resident permit valid for at least 6 months

  • Are a family member of a Canadian resident with a study permit, work permit, or temporary resident permit valid for at least 6 months

  • Fall under specific exemptions like armed forces in another country under the Visiting Forces Act, an accredited foreign government representative, and a participant in certain sports activities or events, a worker in Canada who is a member of a foreign news company or a religious worker

How to obtain a PAL:

Currently, no official procedure exists to acquire a PAL. Provinces and territories are actively developing their individual issuance processes, which are expected to be in place by March 31st, 2024.


What Next?

Canada remains a welcoming destination for qualified individuals seeking world-class education and diverse experiences, more strategy is required now than ever.  If you're still thinking about studying in Canada, starting the application process early is crucial. We recommend scheduling a consultation with our Consultants to discuss your options and develop a personalized strategy for your Canadian study aspirations.



2 Comments


BA
BA
Feb 08

Good information but I have found here that person can still apply for SOWP but I am worried if I apply it now and what if new policy comes and my application won't be eligible.

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