Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) to validate letters of acceptance (LOAs)
Published on: Jan. 11, 2024
Canada's Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is implementing measures to fortify the integrity of its international student program. A notable development is the launch of an online portal for Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) to validate letters of acceptance (LOAs) used by international students in their visa applications.
New Verification Process for DLIs
DLIs now have a 10-day window to confirm the authenticity of LOAs through this exclusive portal. Failure to verify within this timeframe, or confirmation of a falsified LOA, will result in the cancellation of the student's visa application and a refund of any associated processing fees.
This initiative addresses past abuses of the system, highlighted by last year's incident involving 700 Indian students deceived by counterfeit acceptance letters.
Trusted Institutions Framework
Looking ahead to fall 2024, IRCC plans to introduce the "Trusted Institutions Framework." This two-tiered system aims to streamline study permit processing for recognized institutions. While details are still emerging, this framework will play a crucial role in maintaining program integrity and ensuring sufficient support for international students.
Key Changes Coming in 2024
IRCC's 2024 agenda for the international student program includes significant updates:
Increasing the cost-of-living requirement by an additional $10,000 CAD.
Reassessing the 20-hour work limit for international students.
Ending the policy allowing time spent abroad to count towards the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
Implementing changes to the PGWP program to better align with Canada's labor market and demographic needs.
These changes come as Canada prepares to accommodate nearly a million international students in the upcoming year, marking a pivotal period for the program.