Federal Court rules that tuition does not need to be paid for study permit applications
The case of Tehrani v Canada has positive implications for international students.
The Federal Court has ruled that students do not need to pay all or part of their tuition fees for a study permit application in the case of Tehrani v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration).
Tehrani, a citizen of Iran, applied for a study permit after being accepted to a Project Management program at a Toronto college.
On the issue of tuition payment, the court explained that, according to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), an applicant only needs to establish that they have been accepted into a program of study. The applicant does not need to prove that any or all tuition has been paid. Rather, IRPR only requires the individual to prove that they have the financial ability to pay for tuition and other expenses.
Implications for student permit applicants
The Tehrani case emphasizes educational affordability and the importance of providing accommodations for international students looking to study in Canada.
The amount of study permit issued by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has increased a great deal in recent years. In 2022, Canada welcomed a record breaking 551,405 international students from 184 countries. As of the end of 2022, there were 807,750 international students holding valid study permits in Canada.
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