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International Student Cap - January 22 Announcement UPDATES & FAQs

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Updated: 2024-01-30 13:24:03

International Student Cap - January 22 Announcement UPDATES & FAQs

Updates and FAQs

The Canadian Federal government announcement regarding the imposition of international student enrollment caps has created a great deal of uncertainty for the Fleming community, students, staff, faculty, businesses and the broader community we serve.

I want to be very clear that the international students currently enrolled in Fleming at all our campuses including Fleming College Toronto are not affected by this announcement.

However, the new international students that have applied for spring and fall 2024 sessions may be impacted by this announcement.

This announcement has an immense adverse human and economic impact for our region.

It is important to recognize the relationship between international students and our local economies. The implementation of international student caps poses a threat not only to the educational experiences of all of our students but also to the vitality of our regional economy. The economic impact of a 50% reduction of international student enrollment will be a staggering loss to our communities: Peterborough, Lindsay and Haliburton.

The human impact is just as startling.

Fleming prepares people to work in a variety of services, however the impacts would be most pronounced for Early Childhood Education, Personal Support Workers, and Practical Nursing; people who look after our loved ones.

International students that come to Ontario are essential to bringing in top talent for key sectors of the workforce, here in our area and across the province. They usually come with a diploma or degree and are ready to move quickly into the labour market.

Our college graduates contribute to help close some of the largest labour market gaps in Ontario’s key sectors – health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services, automotive, mining, trades and construction, advanced manufacturing and others.

We cannot adequately emphasize the gravity of this rash decision on the people; students, our college, community and local businesses and partnerships.

Maureen Adamson,
President, Fleming College

FAQs

Impact on Current and Future Students:

Is it possible to transfer my studies from Fleming College Toronto to Fleming College's Sutherland Campus in Peterborough, and if so, what are the necessary steps and who should I contact at Fleming College for further assistance?

As per the IRCC's website, new students beginning their studies in a public–private partnership after September 1, 2024 will not be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit. New students who enroll after September 1, 2024 wishing to transfer to Fleming College, Sutherland Campus in Peterborough are encouraged to reach out. Our team is ready to guide you through the transfer process. For further assistance, please email us at international@flemingcollege.ca.

We continue to welcome applications from international students. Submit your application today to: https://www.ontariocolleges.ca/en/cba?collegeCode=SSFL.

How does this announcement impact current international students?
International students currently enrolled at Fleming across all campuses, including Fleming College Toronto, are not affected by this announcement. International students that have applied for spring and fall 2024 sessions may be impacted by this announcement. Students who did not apply for a Study Permit before January 22, 2024, 8AM EST will be subject to the new requirements, including providing a provincial attestation letter along with the Study Permit application. More information on the pending attestation process can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit.html
How does this announcement impact the spouses of current students?
IRCC has said that in the coming weeks, open work permits will only be available to spouses of international students in master's and doctoral programs. The spouses of international students in other levels of study, including undergraduate and college programs, will no longer be eligible. The impact on the spouses of Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holders remains uncertain and requires further clarification from IRCC.
What if I've been accepted for the Spring 2024 intake and have already had my visa approved; does this affect me?
This will not affect you; however, if you have not applied for your student visa by 8 a.m. EST on January 22, your application may be subject to new requirements, including providing a provincial attestation letter along with the Study Permit application.
How will I be impacted if I begin my studies after Sept. 1, 2024?
Fleming College is proud to be a Designated Learning Institution (DLI # O19303189722), and it's important to note that these policy changes do not affect the eligibility of our students for post-graduation work permits (PGWP).
Do current students need an attestation letter to extend their study permit?
No, students applying to extend their study permit are exempt from needing an attestation letter. More information can be found on the IRCC website: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/get-documents.html#attestation
Can I still apply for a graduate certificate program at your college as an International Student?
Yes, you can still apply for a graduate certificate program here at Fleming, and we are currently accepting international students. Please feel free to reach out to us by email at international@flemingcollege.ca if you have any additional questions.
Is Fleming still accepting international applications?
Absolutely, you are welcome to apply to our wide range of diverse programs at Fleming College. Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at international@flemingcollege.ca or visit: https://flemingcollege.ca/international-education/how-to-apply
What will Fleming's allocation be under the new cap?
IRCC will allocate a portion of the cap to each province and territory, which will then distribute the allocation among their designated learning institutions. As a designated learning institution in Ontario, Fleming will update our community on the details of our allocation as soon as we receive this information from the provincial government.
Will Fleming graduates be eligible for a post graduate work permit after completing their courses?
Students enrolled at Fleming College are still eligible for the PGWP permit. However, the Government of Canada will be limiting the number of permits issued and visas granted. We do not yet know the direct impact this will have on Fleming students. Please continue to visit this page for updates, as more information becomes available about the policy.
Will students studying at the Peterborough campus be eligible for the post-study work visa, even for the September 2024 intake?
Students enrolled at Fleming College are still eligible for the PGWP permit. However, the government of Canada will be limiting the amount of permits that are issued and visas that are granted. We do not yet know the direct impact that this will have on Fleming students. As we learn more about the policy we will update this page.
I am an incoming student for the Fall 2024 intake and will be studying Business - Human Resources. Will the recent announcement from the Canadian Federal government affect my ability to get the PGWP after completing my program?
Students enrolled at Fleming College are still eligible for the PGWP permit. However, the government of Canada will be limiting the amount of permits that are issued and visas that are granted. We do not yet know the direct impact that this will have on Fleming students. More information can be found on the IRCC website: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship.html
I was accepted for the first spring, and my family would be joining me. How will this proceed? Will you provide the attestation letter?
Fleming is awaiting instructions from the Province of Ontario regarding the Attestation Letter process.
Is Fleming College Toronto a public or private-public model institution?
Fleming College Toronto was established through a public-private partnership between Sir Sandford Fleming College and Trebas Institute Ontario. All students are Fleming College Students and receive a Fleming credential.

Policy Changes and Requirements:

What was the government's reason for decreasing the work permits for international students?
The full government news release with the reasoning for the decrease in work permits can be found on the government website. Visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2024/01/canada-to-stabilize-growth-and-decrease-number-of-new-international-student-permits-issued-to-approximately-360000-for-2024.html for more details.
I have applied to Fleming, and all my documents are ready. I am waiting for the attestation letter. How many days will it take?
Fleming is awaiting instructions from the Province of Ontario regarding the Attestation Letter process. Provinces have until March 31, 2024, to determine the process.
Do initial study permit applicants need to provide a provincial attestation (additional proof of a study permit application’s legitimacy) letter from today onwards?
As of January 22, 2024, every study permit application submitted to IRCC will also require an attestation letter from a province or territory.
What will the process of applying for an attestation letter be?
This information is not yet available. Provinces have until March 31, 2024, to determine the process.
Could you provide information about the changes to the PGWP?
The new announcement does not impact public institutions; students attending public colleges can still apply for PGWP. However, the changes do affect students at private institutions and public-private partnerships who begin their program from September 1, 2024, where students will no longer be able to apply.
How do these changes impact Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility?
Students enrolled in schools with a curriculum licensing arrangement between public/private institutions will experience changes to their PGWP eligibility. Despite the policy changes, graduates from our post-secondary and post-graduate programs outside of Fleming College Toronto remain eligible to apply for Canadian post-graduation work permits, maintaining a pathway to gain valuable work experience in Canada after their studies.

Supports:

What support is available for students affected by this announcement?
The well-being and success of our students are our top priority. A hotline has been established should you have questions: 1-866 353 6464 ext 1145. for support and guidance.
What is the potential reduction in student numbers for Fleming due to this announcement?
The potential reduction in student numbers for Fleming could have a profound impact, and it could be a 50% reduction of international student enrollment.
How is Fleming College responding to this situation?
Fleming College is calling on community partners, businesses, and local leaders to help convey to the Federal government and Minister of Immigration, Marc Miller, the gravity of this decision on students, the college, the community, and local businesses and partnerships.
What can you do?
Fleming College is urging you to call on community partners, businesses, and local leaders to help convey the gravity of this situation on students.

Economic and Community Impact:

Why is this announcement significant for Fleming and the local economy?
The imposition of international student caps poses a threat to the educational experiences of our students and the vitality of our regional economy. The economic contribution from international students supports businesses and jobs in Peterborough and Lindsay.
Why are international students essential for key sectors of the workforce in Ontario?
International students in Ontario contribute top talent to key workforce sectors and help address labor market gaps, especially in health care, social assistance, accommodation and food services, automotive, mining, construction, advanced manufacturing, and more.

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