IRCC’s revised requirement to protect international student


Canada has always been the most welcoming country for international students.

IRCC Minister Marc Miller announced some new reforms in the new year of 2024. Starting from Jan to Fall intakes, the strategies are planned for a better standard of living for international students in Canada.

Among many difficulties that international students face, IRCC has focused on the core areas and made reforms accordingly. Initiatives like the International Student Program, which the IRCC launched on October 27, 2023, have solely aimed at improving the lifestyle of international students.

The early 2000s for international students

Every international student that arrives in Canada has a figure in mind of the amount for daily needs. With time, it was popularly noted that the amount was never enough. Noticing the issues faced by international students in the early 2000s, IRCC has made reforms that will include calculating the financial statistics for international students.

IRCC noted that the early 2000s calculated the cost of living for every applicant to be no more than $20,000. The applicant’s financial requirements have not kept up with the rising cost of living. The requirements have evolved, and students have had financial difficulties. The landscape of employment and study in Canada has evolved, and with it, so have the policies that might facilitate international students’ transition.

New changes require additional supporters!

IRCC has decided to support the service providers to protect international students. Post-secondary learning institutions are focused on development and upgrades to secure international applicants till the Fall 2024 intake.

IRCC also stated that in the coming months, post-graduation work permits are among the major topics that will be interrogated. Institutions providing opportunities and high-level services are primary players that support international students. Verification and fraudulent processes in the admission procedure are highest in the international student program.

Detection of the financial requirements of the students is also under the upcoming projects. Statistics Canada will update the minimum amount for an international student with the low-income cut-off (LICO). IRCC has made it a statement that in the coming years of 2024, every applicant has to show $20,635 in addition to their first-year tuition fee and cost.

Beating the challenges

The future survival of international students in Canada is majorly dependent on the cost of education, the cost of living, and the balance between study and work. Their remarkable contribution to Canada has made IRCC a concerned entity. Affordable standard of living for diverse international students.

Representing 75% of LICO is one way of spreading awareness for the students planning for 2024 intakes. Knowing the affordable rates based on their financial status will restrain the cost of living like unknown factors. Such norms broaden the possibilities of meeting the Immigration and economic goals of the country.


“International students provide significant cultural, social, and economic benefits to their communities, but they have also faced challenges navigating life in Canada. We are revising the cost-of-living threshold so that international students understand the true cost of living here. This measure is key to their success in Canada. We are also exploring options to ensure that students find adequate housing. These long-overdue changes will protect international students from financially vulnerable situations and exploitation.”

– The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, IRCC

“An Immigration System for Canada’s Future.” Collaborative efforts with institutions, provinces, territories, and organizations representing Canada’s educational institutions will continue, reinforcing the detection of fraud and upholding the integrity of Canada’s immigration programs.

– IRCC added.

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