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Canada Considers Limiting International Students to Address Housing Shortage

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Canada is thinking about placing a restriction on the number of international students allowed in the country. Immigration Minister Marc Miller, in an interview with CTV, mentioned that this step is being considered due to the ongoing housing affordability crisis. While the extent of the reduction is not specified, Miller emphasized the need to ensure financial capability and verify offer letters for those coming to Canada.

“We need to make sure that we have a system that ensures people have the financial capability to come to Canada, and now it’s time for us to have a conversation about volumes and the impact that is having in certain areas,” said Miller.

Housing is just one aspect of immigration targets, and the influx of foreign students exceeds the number of homes the government plans to build. The notion of capping foreign student numbers was raised last August, leading to significant changes in study permit requirements in December, including a substantial increase in the cost-of-living financial requirement.

Canada is a favored destination for Bangladeshi students seeking higher education abroad. However, recent policy changes may pose challenges for these students.

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