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Study Permit Success: How Your Choice of Province Impacts Approval Rates

IRCC Releases 2024 Study Permit Allocations for Provinces


Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the final allocation of study permits for each Canadian province in 2024. Following a January 22 announcement to cap the number of processed study permit applications, IRCC detailed the distribution based on provincial populations.



Allocation Distribution Methodology


IRCC's allocation methodology primarily uses provincial populations. Adjustments were made to balance the impact: provinces facing a reduction received a top-up, while those with potential increases were capped at 10% of their population. Provinces with approval rates below 60% also received additional allocations.


Provincial Allocation Highlights


Ontario: 235,000 permits, with 96% allocated to public institutions.

Quebec: 117,917 permits.

British Columbia: 83,000 permits, evenly split between public and private institutions.

Alberta: 40,894 permits, capped at 10% of its population.

Nova Scotia: 20,378 permits after a top-up.


Understanding the Cap


IRCC clarified that while it can cap processed applications, it cannot cap approved study permits. For 2024, IRCC plans to process 606,000 applications, aiming for a national approval rate of 60%.


Provincial Permit Allocations Summary

Province/Territory

2024 Allocations

Top-Up

Revised Allocations

Alberta

40,894

N/A

40,894

British Columbia

83,000

N/A

83,000

Manitoba

15,233

3,420

18,652

New Brunswick

9,279

5,372

14,651

Newfoundland and Labrador

2,365

788

3,153

Northwest Territories

333

N/A

333

Nova Scotia

12,906

7,472

20,378

Nunavut

333

N/A

333

Ontario

235,000

N/A

235,000

Prince Edward Island

2,004

308

2,312

 This allocation strategy aims to balance educational opportunities across Canada while considering each province's capacity and demand for international students.


Maximizing Your Study Permit Success


Carefully researching the demands of the province you intend to study in and choosing a program that aligns with your chosen province’s labor demands can significantly enhance your study permit success. Additionally, ensuring financial readiness by demonstrating your ability to finance your studies and living expenses, showing how you will contribute academically and professionally to the Canadian community, and providing convincing proof of ties to your home country are crucial factors. These steps will help set your study permit application apart and increase your chances of success.

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