Provincial Attestation Letters FAQ: Understanding the Basics

18 March, 2024

Provincial Attestation Letters FAQ: Understanding the Basics

In late January this year, the federal government announced that most new international students at the college or undergraduate level would now require a PAL from a province or territory as part of their study permit application.
In addition to the Letters of Acceptance (LOAs) issued to international students by the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) they are applying to, PALs will serve as proof that the student has been accounted for within a provincial or territorial allocation under the recently implemented national cap on study permits.
There are still many questions regarding this matter. Therefore, we have prepared an article to address the main concerns. Check it out:


What are Provincial Attestation Letters (PALs)?


The Provincial Attestation Letters system is a strategic tool created by provincial authorities to enforce federal government regulations regarding the admission of international students. These PALs, issued by educational institutions, play a crucial role in validating the legitimacy of acceptance offers when students apply for visas. With institutions operating within a predetermined quota for issuance, the system effectively controls the influx of new international students, ensuring compliance with government guidelines.


Do students who have already applied or been approved for a visa need a PAL?


International students whose applications were received by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada before 8:30 am EST on January 22, 2024, as well as those already approved for a study permit and planning to travel to Canada for a future program, are exempt from taking further action. Additionally, prospective MBA students and current students are exempt from the need for a PAL.


When can students start requesting a PAL?


The provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, and Alberta have already begun processing PAL requests. It is important to check with the educational institution where you will begin your studies and look for any new internal updates.
If you have further questions, please contact our team and schedule a consultation with our education specialists! e-Visa Immigration is ready to assist you at any stage of your process.
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