The Province of British Columbia is implementing a new system of provincial attestation letters for international students applying to study in the province, as mandated by the federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). These letters, effective from March 4, 2024, are a response to new requirements announced by the IRCC on Jan. 22, 2024.

The attestation letters will be issued to eligible post-secondary institutions, serving as proof that applicants have been accounted for within the federal government’s maximum allocation. This allocation, set at 83,000 undergraduate study permit applications for B.C., reflects a reduction from the previous year’s total of approximately 97,000 applications. Public institutions will receive 53% of the allocation, with private institutions receiving 47%.

While the new system aims to mitigate disruptions caused by federal changes, private institutions, particularly those with unsustainable growth, will experience a 27% reduction in study permit applications compared to 2023. Most new undergraduate and non-degree graduate study permit applications will require a provincial attestation letter.

Certain exemptions to the attestation requirement exist, such as for primary and secondary school students, master’s or doctoral degree students, and those with existing study permits or work permits in Canada.

The Province commits to supporting international students by aligning programs with labor-market needs and strengthening protections against exploitation.

Ensure a smooth study permit application process by Contact RS Immigration at 778-229-0796. Stay informed about the latest updates and requirements to avoid delays.


Government of British Columbia. “Provincial Attestation Letters to Support International Students.”, 2024, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.