Fewer study permits in Nova Scotia, Canada

Fewer study permits in Nova Scotia, Canada Fewer study permits in Nova Scotia, Canada

This 2024, Canada has issued fewer study permits to the province of Nova Scotia, thus complying with the limit on the approval of these post-secondary permits announced on January 22 of this year, which has been put in place to control the excessive growth of the foreign student population in the country and thus improve the sustainability of the education system. In this Immiland article, we share information on the number of allocations issued for this province and also offer recommendations that can be followed by those students who are undergoing the immigration process to pursue an undergraduate degree in Canada and who may have doubts about the case. 

How many study permits are available in Nova Scotia?

By 2024, Nova Scotia will have an allocation quota of 12,900 study permits, approximately 7,000 fewer than in 2023, when the number of international students was about 19,000. This reduction is significant, considering that it is 35% less than the student population received last year, which raises expectations about the steps to successfully apply for a study permit in this province. In this regard, we address what you should know to avoid rejection of your application.

Knowledge of DLIs in Nova Scotia and in-demand programs is key.

"Fewer quotas, more rejections" seems an unoptimistic phrase, but in reality the future international student must know the ideal formula to make a good application in order to obtain his study permit and successfully process his temporary visa, then, if you do not want to be left out of the quota of 12,900 permits allocated to Nova Scotia, get well informed about the designated learning institutions (DLIs) that participate in the distribution of study permits in Nova Scotia. Remember that DLIs are the only post-secondary institutions in Canada that receive international students, so beware of enrolling in an unauthorized institution. Here are some facts and recommendations about DLIs in Nova Scotia:

  • Out of 41 DLIs 32 will receive a quota of permits: on the official government site, you can check the DLIs of this province. Out of 41 institutions, 32 have been assigned study permits among universities, Nova Scotia Community College and other schools.
  • Not all of them lead to a Post Graduate Study Permit (PGWP): this is important because many international students want to be able to apply for an open work permit that will give them the opportunity to apply for permanent residence. 
  • The DLIs must provide you with the famous Provincial Acceptance Letter (PAL): the international undergraduate student must now include a PAL to finalize his or her study permit process. Each province decides how it will handle its PAL and will finally send it to the student through the DLI where he/she was accepted, so it is important that he/she becomes familiar with the institution and is communicated in a timely manner.
  • Knowing what academic programs are in demand will be crucial to securing a study permit: in the words of Nova Scotia's Minister of Advanced Education, Brian Wong, the approach to allocating the federal cap across the province will take into account factors such as enrollment in high-need programs and growth management in communities, so the applicant must know what those programs are in order to choose the most appropriate one.

Knowledge is power, and at Immiland we always motivate our customers and users in general to understand their migration path, this means knowing the steps to follow so that their application is well done. 

If you have doubts about which career to choose or which designated institution suits you best in Nova Scotia, you can ask for advice from our regulated consultants. We have a team of experts in vocational counseling, we can take care of your academic registration process free of charge in some of our partner universities and we can process your student visa and much more. In this link, you can learn about our services and if you want to contact us, just write to Info@immilandcanada.com

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