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New IRCC measures will verify international students’ letters of acceptance

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has begun to implement the first of its measures to strengthen and maintain the integrity of the international student program in Canada.

Specifically, the immigration department has now launched an online portal for Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs)—the only schools in Canada that are authorized to accept international students—to verify letters of acceptance (LOAs) that international students submit in support of their student visa application.

Under this new framework DLIs will now have to verify the LOAs students submit through an online portal, which only their representative(s) to IRCC will have access to. Schools will now have up to 10 calendar days to verify letters of acceptance. If a DLI fails to validate the LOA within that time frame (or if they validate the letter as fake), the student visa application will be cancelled and returned to the applicant (along with any fees they may have paid for processing costs).

Note that DLIs will no longer have access to verify LOAs once the verification deadline has passed.

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