Changes to the study permit application process for IPP and ELP students

Effective January 22, 2024, the federal government announced caps on the number of study permits to be issued to each province. As part of these new regulations, the Government of Canada requires that all new study permit applicants need an attestation letter from the province in which they intend to study.

The University of Calgary is working with the province of Alberta to put a process in place for students. A process will be established by March 31, 2024. Impacted students will be contacted with details as soon as information is known.

Do I require an attestation letter?

Your Status Attestation Letter
I have a study permit Exempt. No attestation letter is required.
I applied for my study permit before Jan 22, 2024 Exempt. No attestation letter is required.
I am extending my current study permit Exempt. No attestation letter is required.
My program of study is less than 6 months long (eTA and TRV) Not applicable. No attestation letter is required.
I have not yet applied for a study permit Required. Delay your study permit application until the attestation letter process has been determined.

If you require an attestation letter from the Government of Alberta and have not yet applied for your study permit, please delay applying until the process has been finalized. If you apply without an attestation letter your application will be denied.

Spousal open work permits

Prior to the recent changes from the IRCC, spouses of students in the International Professional Programs have been eligible for open work permits.

Under the new regulations, the program streams that are part of the IPP are considered post-diploma graduate programs at the undergraduate level and no longer qualify spouses of our students for open work permits.

For more information

For the latest updates from the University of Calgary, please see Applying for your study permit from International Student Services.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I obtain an attestation letter from the Government of Alberta?

This process is still being determined and the Government of Alberta has until March 31, 2024 to announce details. Delay your study permit application until the attestation letter process has been determined.

Are the International Professional Programs (IPP) still eligible for a post-graduate work permit (PGWP)?

Yes, the IPP remains eligible for post-graduate work permits, as it does not fall under any public-private partnerships (PPP).

The University of Calgary is a public institution which is a registered Designated Learning Institution (DLI).

Will my spouse be eligible for an open work permit?

No, our International Professional Programs are considered post-diploma graduate programs at the undergraduate level and do not qualify the spouses of students for the open work permit that has been previously available.

Our English Language Programs are ESL/FSL programs, and the spouses of students do not qualify for open work permits.

I am a current IPP student and wish to extend my study permit for a second one-year program. Do I need to get a letter of attestation?

No, current students who are looking to extend their study permits do not require a letter of attestation.

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