MONTREAL — Immigration Minister Marc Miller is announcing a two-year cap on international student admissions.
The minister hopes the cap will give the federal and provincial government time to curb a system that he says is taking advantage of high international student tuition while providing, in some cases, a poor education.
The cap will mean a 35 per cent overall reduction in new study visas this year though some provinces, including Ontario, will see a reduction of 50 per cent or more.
Miller says the government will also bar students in schools that follow a private public model from accessing postgraduate work permits as of Sept. 1.
And in a few weeks, open work permits will only be available for the spouses of students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs, as well as professional programs such as medicine and law.
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Miller says the federal government will work with provinces, who up to this point have not moved to fix the problem as quickly as he would have liked.
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