Attestation letter Canada Study Permit

The relationship between your Canada attestation letter and your study permit is that you need one for the other. Starting 22nd January, 2024, you would need to have an attestation letter from your province to apply for a Study permit from the ircc.

What is the meaning of an Attestation Letter?

An attestation letter refers to a document issued by the Canadian province in which you plan to pursue your studies. This letter serves to confirm and highlight your conduct, actions, and significance within that particular province.
Based on the new Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recent declarations, It’s something that provinces and territories have  to issue to you as an immigrant.

How you can get an attestation letter from your province in Canada?

As of today, January 30th, 2024, it is currently not possible to acquire an attestation letter from the Canadian province in which you intend to pursue your studies. 

The details on how provinces will give out attestation letters has not been established by the provinces yet. Provinces have until March 31, 2024, to set that up

Note  that even students in Quebec will be required to obtain an attestation letter from the province of Quebec.

How to Apply for Canadian Study Permit without an Attestation Letter

After the 22nd of January, 2024 which is about 8 days ago before this article was first written, any application you make for a study permit will be considered incomplete without an attestation letter. 
What this means essentially is that you cannot apply for a new study permit between the 22nd of January 2024 and March 31st, 2024 when the Provinces would have mapped out a plan for how they want to issue out Attestation Letters. 
Applications without an attestation letter will be considered incomplete and returned except you are exempted from the requirement.

“We’ll return any application received on or after January 22, 2024, without this letter, unless you’re exempt.” – IRCC

How you can get an attestation letter for a study permit?

As of January 30th, 2024, you cannot really get an attestation letter. This means that you cannot apply for a study permit, except if you meet their limited exceptions (i.e. minor, study permit extension or master/PhD/post-graduate program).

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Who does not need an attestation letter for a Canada Study Permit?

If you fall into any of the categories below, then you do not need an attestation letter for a Canadian Study permit:

  • You are a minor (Basically a child entering Primary or Secondary school – Kindergarten to Grade 12)
  • You are applying for a Masters, PhD, or another Post-graduate program.
  • You are already a student but you are seeking to extend your Study permit.

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