Canadian study permit ruling; the Federal Court has stated that international students applying for a Canadian study permit do not need to pay all or a portion of their tuition expenses at the time of application. As long as applicants can demonstrate their ability to pay for tuition and other expenses when necessary, they can be invited to apply for a study permit, and unpaid tuition during the application submission stage will not be penalized.
The decision came in the case of an Iranian student, whose study visa application was denied by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) due to non-payment of tuition. The judgement eliminates a key hurdle for international students wishing to study in Canada who may not be able to pay all or part of their tuition when they submit their study visa application.
According to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), an applicant only needs to establish that they have been accepted into a program of study. The applicant does not need to prove that any or all tuition has been paid. Rather, IRPR only requires the individual to prove that they have the financial ability to pay for tuition and other expenses.
The Tehrani case emphasizes educational affordability and the importance of providing accommodations for international students looking to study in Canada. The ruling removes a barrier to access for foreign nationals looking to study in Canada that may not be able to pay all or part of their tuition at the time they submit their study permit application. As long as an applicant is able to demonstrate that they have the requisite financial resources to pay for tuition and other expenses when required, they are invited to apply for a study permit, and unpaid tuition during the application submission stage will not be penalized.
This decision is good news for international students planning to study in Canada, as the country broke yet another immigration record in 2022 – admitting over 550,000 new international students. According to IRCC data, Indian students continue to be the most fortunate, with over 226,450 visas granted. Another all-time high was 807,750 foreign students with valid study visas as of December 31st, 2022. Indians topped the list once again, with 319,130 students now enrolled in Canada.
Canada has always been a popular choice for those looking to further their studies overseas. In a 2022 research, IDP polled 11,271 respondents from 94 nations, and Canada came out on top, with 27% choosing it as their first option. The country’s easy immigration procedure, student-friendly legislation, high employment rate, and multicultural atmosphere are just a few of the many elements that make it a desirable destination to pursue a great education and build a career.