Feds clamping down on study permits for foreign students

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney arrives to speak to the media in Ottawa Dec 19, 2012. (ANDRE...

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney arrives to speak to the media in Ottawa Dec 19, 2012. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:56 PM ET

OTTAWA - The federal government is trying to build a wall around Canada's study permit system for international students to block fraudsters and other criminals.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has proposed new regulations to grant study permits to foreign applicants only if they're attending a school on a list of pre-approved institutions provincial or territorial governments consider legit and able to handle international students.

"These changes will help us better protect international students and the reputation of Canada's post-secondary education system by making sure that international students are coming to quality institutions that comply with basic standards of accountability," Kenney said in a statement.


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