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Quebec Shuts Down the Unsubsidized Private College Immigration Route

On Tuesday, the Quebec provincial government made the shocking announcement that certain graduates of unsubsidized private learning institutions will be denied access to the post-graduation work permit. Unsubsidized colleges are for-profit universities that offer both collegiate education and short-term training in a specialized field. These regulations will take effect on September 1, 2023. Students who graduate from sponsored DLIs, on the other hand, will continue to be eligible for the PGWP.

Quebec Labour Minister Jean Boulet says the changes for unsubsidized private colleges were necessary to address 'integrity issues' with the sector. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Jean Boulet, Quebec's Minister of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI), and Sean Fraser, Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) made the announcement.

The rise in work permits issued over the last few years is the rationale for this action. It has been observed that many international students come to Quebec to study at unsubsidized private institutions and then begin working with the intention of settling in Canada. Not only that, but they also intend to expand into neighboring provinces. The administration had no choice but to make this decision in order to preserve a stable equilibrium. It has been discovered that students spend roughly $25,000 per year for short courses at these unsubsidized universities in order to gain access to work permits.

While the colleges are dissatisfied with the decision, the authority has no plans to reverse it. Because the same practice has been adopted in other provinces, students from these colleges often do not have access to work permits. Boulet stated at the announcement that the system is suffering from an "integrity" issue and that this may be a solution.

Check on the Quebec website to see which establishments are labeled as unsubsidized.

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