IRCC Updates

On January 22, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced changes to Canada's international student program.

The new measures include:

  • a cap on new study permit applications
  • a requirement for most study permit applicants to include a letter of attestation from their destination province with their study permit application
  • changes to post-graduation work permit eligibility
  • changes to spousal open work permit eligibility

These changes do not impact our current international students or those who already have study permits. Additionally, students currently enrolled in a program at MITT will continue to be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.

March 26 update

Provincial attestation letters

The Manitoba provincial attestation letter process is now in place. Please review the provincial attestation letters section below for more information and visit our Provincial Attestation Letter page for details on MITT's process.

Client Service Specialist, Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, and Sales and Event Coordinator

These programs have undergone administrative change and will now be fully administered and operated by MITT. Please review the section below for more information.

This page will be updated as information becomes available.

Last updated on: April 11, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is the impact of these changes?

The Government of Canada announced a two-year temporary cap on international enrolment that includes changes to the international student study permit application process and Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.

IRCC has indicated that current study permit holders or study permit renewals (extensions) will not be impacted by these changes.

Students applying for study permits on or after 8:30 a.m. EST on January 22, 2024, will be part of the new temporary regulations and require a provincial attestation letter as part of the study permit application.

Please visit the IRCC website for the latest information. Study in Canada as an international student - Canada.ca.

MITT is a public college and Designated Learning Institute (DLI) in Manitoba.

Current MITT Students

Current international students studying in Canada and enrolled in one of MITT's programs are not affected by the recently announced changes.

Current MITT students who are renewing their study permits do not require a provincial attestation letter for a study permit extension application within Canada.

Future Students

MITT continues to process applications and admit students. The changes announced by IRCC affect the process for acquiring a study permit.

Please visit the IRCC website for the latest information. Study in Canada as an international student - Canada.ca.

You should apply now. If you apply now and are admitted, you will be ready to apply for your provincial attestation letter and study permit.

The Manitoba provincial attestation letter process is now in place, and IRCC has resumed study permit processing. Please visit our Provincial Attestation Letter page for more information on this process.

Applications submitted before January 22, 2024, do not require a provincial attestation letter and will be processed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Study permit applications submitted after 8:30 a.m. EST on January 22, 2024, may require a provincial attestation letter. The Manitoba provincial attestation letter process is now in place. Please visit our Provincial Attestation Letter page for more information on this process.

For programs starting in May 2024, available seats will be offered first to students with an approved study permit.

If you are interested in applying to MITT, please connect with our Recruitment team to discuss program options and how to apply.

Application fees are non-refundable.

Once submitted, an application may not be transferred between programs, program sections (i.e. day to evening), or moved to a different intake. Applicants wanting to change the program, section, or intake for which they applied must cancel their current application, submit a new application, and pay a new, non-refundable application fee.

Program changes are not permitted unless initiated by MITT. The admission deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Admitted students wishing to change their program of study must cancel their current admission, submit a new application, and pay a new non-refundable application fee and deposit.

Admitted students wishing to move to a future intake of the same program may request a one-time deferral to the next available intake by emailing admissions@mitt.ca at least 30 days prior to the start of the intake.

Yes, if you have been refused a study permit, you can apply for a full refund. The withdrawal request must be received prior to the start of the program. You will need to provide an official study permit refusal letter from IRCC and a completed withdrawal form no later than six weeks after the date of rejection.

Please see page 2 of the Tuition Refund Schedule [PDF] for refund details.

If your study permit application is still in progress (i.e. a decision has not been made by IRCC) by the study permit deadline for your program/intake, we will work with you to defer your admission to the next available intake. Please contact admissions@mitt.ca prior to the study permit submission deadline outlined in our Letter of Acceptance in order to request a deferral.

If you choose to withdraw from your program, you may be eligible for a refund of tuition and fees. Please review the Tuition Refund Schedule for details. The program deposit is only refundable in the event of a study permit refusal. We strongly recommend a deferral if your study permit application is still in progress.

Provincial Attestation Letters (PALs)

An attestation letter is a document from the province or territory where a student plans to study. These letters are now required for a study permit application. Each province or territory has developed a process for applicants to obtain a provincial attestation letter. The Manitoba provincial attestation letter process is now in place.

More information can be found on the IRCC attestation website. Study permit: Get the right documents - Canada.ca.

No, students applying to extend their study permit are exempt from needing a provincial attestation letter.

More information can be found on the IRCC attestation website. Study permit: Get the right documents - Canada.ca.

According to IRCC, you need a provincial attestation letter if you are:

  • An international student whose study permit application was received by IRCC after 8:30 a.m. ET on January 22, 2024.
  • A post-secondary study permit applicant.
  • An individual attending a non-degree granting graduate program (for example, certificate programs and graduate diplomas).
  • Anyone else not included in IRCC’s exception list

View more details on the IRCC website.

According to IRCC’s exemption list, you do not need a provincial attestation letter if you are:

  • An international student who submitted a study permit application before 8:30 a.m. ET on January 22, 2024.
  • An in-Canada study permit and work permit holder (includes study permit holders applying for an extension).
  • An in-Canada visiting or exchange student applying for a study permit inside Canada.
  • An in-Canada student studying at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.
  • A temporary resident who has completed a course or program of study that is a prerequisite to you enrolling at a DLI.
  • Anyone currently in Canada and eligible to make an in-Canada study permit application.

View more details on the IRCC website.

The attestation letter process does not apply to study permit extension applications. 

If you are eligible, MITT will request your provincial attestation letter from the Province of Manitoba.

For more information MITT's provincial attestation letter process, please visit our Provincial Attestation Letter page.

Once your provincial attestation letter is ready, we will email it to the address used on your application. You can also access it in your MITT Application Portal.

Once you’ve received your provincial attestation letter, you will submit it along with your study permit application to IRCC.  IRCC will return any application that does not include a provincial attestation letter unless the applicant is otherwise exempt (exemptions are listed on the IRCC website).

If IRCC identifies you as someone who requires a provincial attestation letter, please do not apply for your study permit until you receive one from the province. If you apply without this letter, IRCC will return your application unprocessed.

Not all students require a provincial attestation letter. Please see “Who needs a Provincial Attestation Letter?” and “Who does NOT need a provincial attestation letter?” above and visit the IRCC website for more information.

MITT-MTEC Students

Current students studying in these programs are not impacted by these changes and remain eligible for a post-graduation work permit as long as all other eligibility criteria is met.

The Client Service Specialist, Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, and Sales and Event Coordinator programs have undergone administrative change and will now be fully administered and operated by MITT. All MITT policies, including admissions, financial, and withdrawal policies, still apply.

Current and future students in these programs will continue to receive an MITT certificate and, upon graduation, will be eligible for post-graduation work permits as long as they meet all other eligibility criteria.

Spousal open work permits

IRCC has stated that in the weeks ahead, open work permits will only be available to spouses of international students in master's and doctoral programs.

IRCC has not announced the details of how this change will be implemented, when it will take effect, or how it might impact families who are already in Canada, spouses and partners who have been approved for an open work permit but who haven't yet travelled to Canada, or spouses and partners who already have an open work permit application in process.

We will share more information on this page when it becomes available.

For current spousal open work permit criteria, visit the Government of Canada web page for more information. Help your spouse or common-law partner work in Canada - Canada.ca.

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