As of January 22, 2024, most international students must include a provincial attestation letter (PAL) from the province or territory with their study permit application. In most cases, applications submitted without a PAL will be returned with fees.

Question – Who does not need provincial attestation letter (PAL) from the Province or Territory where international student plans to study?

Answer: You do not need a PAL when applying for a study permit if you

• are applying to study in a preschool, primary school or secondary school (up to grade 12)
• are applying to study in a master’s degree or doctoral degree program or
• have entered Canada and one of the following situations applies to you:

  • You’re applying for a study permit extension.
  • You have a work permit.
  • You’re a temporary resident who is a visiting or exchange student studying at a designated learning institution (DLI).
  • You’re a temporary resident who has completed a course or program of study that is a prerequisite to you enrolling at a DLI.
  • You’re under a removal order but can’t be removed from Canada at this time.
  • You have a temporary resident permit valid for at least 6 months.
  • You’re the family member of a foreign national who lives in Canada and is one of the following:
    • a study permit holder
    • a work permit holder
    • a temporary resident permit holder with a permit that’s valid for at least 6 months
    • a member of armed forces in another country under the Visiting Forces Act
    • an accredited foreign government representative
    • a participant in certain sports activities or events
    • a worker in Canada who is a member of a foreign news company
    • a religious worker

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