It’s no secret that Canada is a highly sought after destination for international students. Home to over 200 different ethnic groups, Canada’s pro-immigration policies have always encouraged a nation of diverse identities and nationalities (Singer, 2015). Yet, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), Marc Miller’s most recent announcement about enhanced verification of international applications is set to be a turning point for international enrollment.
What does that mean for Canadian institutions you might ask? Let’s dive in.
As you’ve probably heard, Minister Miller proposed 3 major changes to the International Student Program in order to better protect international students from ‘fraudulent activity’:
These changes were prompted by the IRCC’s and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)’s investigation into fraudulent admission letters, conducted in June of this year. The report argued for an overhauled admissions process that matches the 3 changes outlined above. The reforms will take effect on December 1, 2023. The overarching goal of the reforms is to weed out the number of actors who financially gain (unjustly, the government argues) from the admittance of an international student.
To cut a long story short: international application reviews and immigration processes are going to take much, much longer. The impact will have immediate effect for the upcoming 2024 intake. Note, application processing time is already a major problem.
Many international students have a tough time navigating the application process, and may not be aware of the extra checks involved. So the big question looms: how can we better support international students and prepare for the reforms?
It’s high time to ensure your international prospects are in the know and have all the support they need for the upcoming marathon of an enrollment journey.
Although it may feel like a feat, here’s some tactical guidance on how to pull this off:
Let’s not only protect international students - let’s provide them with the necessary resources to help make their move to Canada seamless. So buckle up, because it’s going to be, quite literally, a long, long ride.
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