IRCC updates to study permit process
On January 22, 2024, the Government of Canada announced a temporary two-year cap on international enrolment, which will decrease the number of approved study permits this coming academic year.
Current students who are currently in Canada are not affected by the announcement. This cap only applies to new study permit applications submitted after January 22, 2024.
The announcement also includes changes to the post-graduate work permit program (PGWPs). Students currently enrolled in a program at Sheridan will continue to be eligible for a post-graduate work permit.
Read our full news release:
January 23, 2024: Sheridan statement regarding IRCC policy changes
Frequently asked questions
What resources and supports are available to applicants with respect to the new changes by IRCC regarding study permits?
- Sheridan College hosted online webinars to answer questions January 25–February 9. We hope you were able to join us for a session.
- You can also contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions about your application to Sheridan.
- Government of Canada website for international students: Information for applicants applying for study permits
What is happening to the study permit applications submitted before January 22, 2024?
Study permits for May 2024 and future terms submitted prior to January 22, 2024, will be processed by IRCC.
Study permits submitted on or after January 22, 2024, will require a letter of attestation. Please note the attestation letter is not yet available. The Province of Ontario has until March 31, 2024, to have their attestation letter process in place and have their allotment of study permits determined.
Is there an effective date of the study permit caps announced by the Minister on January 22, 2024?
It will be effective for September 2024.
I have been admitted to Sheridan. Will my admission offer be rescinded?
Sheridan will do everything it can to keep you admitted into the term and program that was offered. Given enrolment caps and other changes being communicated by IRCC, there may be instances where we will offer you an alternative term/program(s).
I’ve paid all my program fees for the September term. Can I get a full refund?
All fees are subject to a non-refundable registration charge.
Requests to withdraw must be made using the International New Student Deferral/Refund Form before the tenth day of class in the current semester. Refer to the International Payment Information page for more information.
If you have been admitted into a program, we can help you defer your admission to the next intake. Please complete the International New Student Deferral/Refund Form to begin this process.
I recently applied to Sheridan College. With the IRCC changes I am worried and would like to withdraw my application. Will you refund my application fee?
Application fees are non-refundable. If you have been admitted into a program, we can help you defer your admission to the next intake. Please complete the International New Student Deferral/Refund Form.
Is Sheridan College a public or private institution?
Sheridan is a publicly funded institution accredited by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities in Ontario.
Who is affected by these changes?
Date study permit application was submitted Start of term Impact of IRCC changes Before January 22, 2024 May 2024 (Spring/Summer) No impact. Before January 22, 2024 September 2024 (Fall) Study permit application may be impacted. On or after January 22, 2024 May 2024 (Spring/Summer) Student must obtain an attestation letter to apply for a study permit. Note: Attestation letters are not yet available. The Province of Ontario has until March 31, 2024 to finalize this process. On or after January 22, 2024 September 2024 (Fall)
January 2025 (Winter)
May 2025 (Spring/Summer)
September 2025 (Fall)
January 2026 (Winter)
May 2026 (Spring/Summer)
Student must obtain an attestation letter to apply for a study permit. Note: Attestation letters are not yet available. The Province of Ontario has until March 31, 2024 to finalize this process. A study permit cap will be put in place by the government.
I haven't applied to Sheridan yet. Given all the changes and uncertainty, should I apply?
Yes. If you apply now and get admitted, you will be ready to apply for your attestation letter and study permit when the government finalizes the process. If you have concerns about your application fee, let us know by using our Contact Form — if you meet the admission requirements and the program is open, we may waive the application fee.
IRCC has paused study permit processing. Sheridan will notify applicants once attestation letters become available. More information will also be added to this page.
What is the likelihood of obtaining a study permit?
How will IRCC changes affect Sheridan College applicants?
Sheridan is continuing to process applications and admit students. The changes announced by IRCC affect the process in acquiring a study permit. Please refer to IRCC's website for the latest information.
Are the Spring 2024 applicants affected by this change?
If you submitted your study permit application before January 22, 2024, you will not be impacted.
I have an approved study permit. Will I be given priority for admission to Sheridan?
Given the pause on permit processing and the unknown process for attestation letters, for programs starting in May 2024, available seats will be offered first to students with an approved study permit.
Are applicants to specific programs more likely to get a study permit?
Most programs remain open and eligible for a spot within the enrolment cap. There are early indications that suggest programs in the skilled trades and health sector will be prioritized due to industry demands.
Will the new attestation letter from the Province of Ontario be required for all programs?
Yes. The attestation letter is required for all study permit applications submitted after January 22, 2024.
What is the process to get the provincial attestation letter, to ensure quick application and approval?
The attestation letter is not available yet. The Province of Ontario has until March 31, 2024 to finalize the process.
I have been accepted to a public-private partnership college. How can I apply and transfer to Sheridan College?
Current Sheridan students
I am a current student. Does the announcement made on January 22, 2024, affect me?
If you are a current international student studying in Canada and enrolled in one of Sheridan’s programs, you will not be directly affected.
How can I help my friends and relatives who have not applied for their study permit yet and want to come study at Sheridan?
Check this web page regularly for updates. We will try to keep everyone informed about the processes, decisions and deadlines as they become available.
What are the new open work permit eligibility requirements for spouses of international students?
Open work permits will only be available to spouses of international students in master’s and doctoral programs. The spouses of international students in other levels of study, including undergraduate and college programs, will no longer be eligible.
Sheridan at CCTT students
I am a Sheridan at CCTT student at the Fort Erie campus. Do the changes to the post-graduation work permit affect me?
As per the IRCC announcement, effective September 1, 2024, if you are enrolled in a public–private partnership you will not be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit. Please refer to IRCC's website.
Is Sheridan at CCTT a public or private institution?
Sheridan at CCTT is a public–private partnership.
Can I transfer to one of the GTA campuses at Sheridan?
Last updated February 5, 2024
Students are solely responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada regulations at all times during their studies and while in Canada, including any medical or study and work permit-related requirements.
The information on this page does not constitute any legal advice and information may change without notice. Always refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for the most up-to-date information.