Study Permit Updates
Information for new students
What is a provincial attestation letter?
A provincial attestation letter (PAL) is a letter written and signed by the provincial government confirming that an applicant has a space within the provincial allocation for study permit applications. Once the process for obtaining the attestation letter is announced, we will update the TRU student community.
Do I need a provincial attestation letter?
Most students need to provide a provincial attestation letter from the province or territory where they plan to study. Each province or territory is developing a process to get an attestation letter. These processes are expected to be in place by March 31, 2024.
You do not need an attestation letter when applying for a study permit if you're:
- a student applying for a master's or PhD
- a student applying to extend their study permit
- a temporary resident who is a visiting or exchange student studying at a designated learning institution (DLI), including TRU
- a family member of a foreign national who lives in Canada and is one of the following:
- a study permit holder
- a work permit holder
- Please visit IRCC's website for an exhaustive list of exemptions.
At TRU, visiting or exchange students and applicants for our master's degree programs are exempt from requiring a PAL. We encourage you to apply for your study permit as soon as you have all the necessary documents gathered.
If you are not exempted from the PAL process, our recommendation is that you don't submit your study permit application until we provide further updates from IRCC, although you can continue to gather the necessary documentation.
How do I get a provincial attestation letter?
IRCC has also updated their website to note that as of January 22, 2024, all study permit applications will require a provincial attestation letter from the province or territory where they plan to study with their study permit application, except those who are exempt.
The government of British Columbia is developing a process to create and distribute these attestation letters. These processes are expected to be in place by March 31, 2024.
Any study permit application without a PAL will be returned unless you are exempt. Students enrolled in one of TRU's master's degree programs do not require an attestation letter. We are still working with the government closely to understand if any other programs at TRU are exempt from the attestation letter requirement.
We do not have any further information on this process therefore our recommendation is that you don't submit your study permit application until we provide further updates from IRCC, although you can continue to gather the necessary documentation.
What happens if I submitted my study permit application before January 22, 2024, without a provincial attestation letter?
If you submitted your study permit application, with all the necessary documentation, before 8:30 a.m. EST on January 22, 2024, you would not require a PAL.
Can I change my application to a master's program to better my chances?
Yes, you can! There are some important considerations to take before making a switch to a master's level program. The application process for these programs is longer, with higher requirements and potentially higher fees. Furthermore, any program change requests into a graduate program require the student to submit a new application on EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), including the initial application fee of $100.
There are a lot of details that will come out within the next few weeks and months that may change the study permit application process. As we await these changes, we encourage you to monitor your inbox for updates from TRU and IRCC's website for the most up-to-date information.
What if I don't meet the deadlines for my Fall 2024 TRU application?
TRU is monitoring the study permit processing and approval closely. When necessary and capacity permits, TRU may adjust application and study permit confirmation deadlines to support our incoming students. All students are encouraged to continue submitting their applications as soon as they are ready and their study permit approval confirmation immediately after approval. As information is updated, we will keep you posted on deadline adjustments as they arise.
You can find the most up-to-date deadlines here.
Is TRU impacted by the recently announced pause of international student enrolment by new post-secondary institutions by the provincial government?
No, TRU is not impacted.
Are TRU's Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration or Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies considered master's degree programs?
No, TRU's Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA), and Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (GCES) are not considered master's degree programs and thereby require a provincial attestation letter at this time.
Information for current students
This information applies to students who are already studying on campus at TRU:
How will this impact my study permit extension?
How will this impact my study permit extension? Current TRU Students applying to extend their study permit are not impacted by the new study permit process and the provincial attestation letter requirement. You should be able to proceed with your study permit extension as per IRCC's current requirements.
Kindly note that when you are applying for a study permit extension you must use a current Letter of Enrolment. If you have further questions, our International Student Advisors are here to support you.
Can I change my current program to a master's program?
At this time, we cannot confirm how this policy announcement will impact TRU’s processes and procedures. We don’t have enough information, but we assure you that we will promptly communicate an update once we have gained more clarity on the matter. We encourage you to await further information before making significant changes to your plan of study.
How does this impact my PGWP?
Starting on February 15, 2024, a longer, 3-year post-graduation work permit will be available to those who are graduating from a master's degree program that is less than 2 years and who meet all other PGWP eligibility criteria.
Graduates of all other non-master's degree programs that are at least two years in length should continue to refer to IRCC's website for further updates.
If you have further questions, our Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors are here to support you.