Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Updates

Last Update February 6th, 2024


Dear Acsenda Community

You may be aware that on 22 January 2024 the Canadian Government  announced changes to Canada’s international student study permit application requirements, with immediate effect. 

The main change is that all new study permit applications (submitted on or after 22 January 2024) will also require an ‘Attestation letter’ from the provincial government of British Columbia.  The provincial government has until 31 March 2024 to establish the process for issuing attestation letters. Please see below for how this impacts you. 

  •  If you applied for your study permit before 22 Jan 2024 - the changes will not affect your application which will be processed in the normal way. 
  •  If you applied for your study permit on or after 22 Jan 2024 - the new system applies to your application, and you will need an attestation letter from the provincial government. Your application will be returned to you so that you can include the attestation letter once you receive it. We will contact you directly and keep you informed about the process as the government confirms it. Your Letter of Acceptance from Acsenda remains valid and if the new government process requires, we will re-issue you a new Letter of Acceptance.  
  •  If you have not yet applied for your study permit - please wait until the government has finalized the process so that you can include the attestation letter with your application. There will, therefore, be a delay before you can submit your study permit application. We will, of course, continue to accept and process applications to study at Acsenda and assist applicants with all their preparations.


The government’s news release can be found here.

The government’s information on the Attestation letter can be found here.

 Our priority remains to provide you with an incredible education and experiences that will help you in your future career. 

 Our commitment is to update you via email and our website (, however if you have any questions, you can reach out to us at 

Acsenda School of Management Team 

We understand that there may be concerns and uncertainties surrounding these changes, and at this time it is our understanding that students currently enrolled or accepted into Acsenda School of Management are not affected by the recent updates on PGWP from the IRCC.

Acsenda School of Management remains a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) recognized by the IRCC. As such, students completing their programs at ASM continue to be eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

This means that the recent announcement in study permit caps and PGWP restrictions do not impact your ability to pursue post-graduation work opportunities after successfully completing your studies at ASM.

Official Immigration Government Announcements

Changes to Canada's Student Visa Program


ANSWER: Attestation letters are not needed for Study Permit extensions.

ANSWER: Regardless of the IRCC changes, it does not affect the tuition fees. It has nothing to do with the numbers studying at the school.

ANSWER: Unfortunately, yes. The new rules will be applicable on all the new applications.

ANSWER: We are committed to offering graduate degree programs at ASM and have this as one of our highest strategic priorities this year.  

ANSWER: We are not able to answer this now as all current announcements from the government at this point are only valid for the next two years. As per the IRCC minister, these changes are temporary measures.

ANSWER: No, they do not impact current students.

ANSWER: Your faculty members/teachers are not certified or trained to provide immigration advice. We strongly encourage that you reach out to the registrar office for enquires where we can either provide you with the appropriate information or re-direct you to appropriate person that can better assist you.

ANSWER: To the best of our knowledge, yes. If you are still in the process of completing your program but your study permit expires, study permit extensions will not need an attestation letter.

ANSWER: Yes. The existing students won’t be facing issues in their extension applications as per our understanding.