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Future foreign students in Canada will now have to prove they have double the amount previously required in their pocket in their visa application process. (Archives)

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Foreign students will need to have a better bank account if they want to enter colleges and universities in Canada. The minimum amount required will increase to $20,635 as of January 1, 2024, compared to the current $10,000. Ottawa presents this decision as protection for newcomers facing the cost of living, but it will have consequences for those concerned.

For the Minister of Immigration Marc Miller, this requirement should allow international students to support themselves once they arrive.

The threshold that was imposed of $10,000 dates back around twenty years. Since then, according to him, this threshold has gradually become disconnected from what is necessary to live, particularly in recent months. People who want to come to Canada need to know what to expect [in terms of prices], he explained at a press conference on Thursday.

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Minister Marc Miller during the announcement Thursday in Ottawa.

In addition, my ministry is extending until April the possibility of working up to 30 hours per week instead of 20 hours for international students.

Mr. Miller also denounced fraud and abuse committed by certain educational institutions. Jindi Singh, the national director of the NGO Khalsa Aid Canada, agrees with the minister.

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However, certain foreign students affected by the news say they have to go into debt to continue their studies.

According to Colombian Santiago Cruz Lopez, enrolled in computer science training at Georgian College in Barrie, this new limit at the same time increases the financial barrier to study in the country, especially since the tuition fees imposed on foreign students are already exorbitant, he says.

In addition to the money you have to have in your bank account, you have to pay a lot as an international student, he says.

International students studying in Ontario pay an average of $14,306 annually in tuition fees compared to $3,228 for Canadian students.

Mr. Cruz Lopez claims to have taken out a loan from a bank to provide the funds necessary for his arrival. Most people I know do this too. Therefore, doubling the threshold is equivalent to increasing student debt, he thinks.

However, he welcomes with open arms the government's choice to allow students to work more. By working more hours, I was able to pay for my last two semesters, he emphasizes.

For his part, Cameroonian Jean-Jacques Fouda is a recent graduate of the University of Hearst. He admits that the $10,000 limit has become insufficient. At a certain point, things mean that we have inflation and everything that goes with it, so you will have to earn a little more to be able to meet your needs, he explains.

He nevertheless expects that the federal decision will discourage young people from turning to Canada, facing a financial barrier that is more difficult to achieve.

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Jean-Jacques Fouda studied at the University of Hearst from 2019 to 2022. For him, the new financial requirement will discourage some from trying to enroll in Canadian universities or colleges.

Will coming to Canada totally ruin my whole family or will they not even be able to eat normally anymore? If it were me I would start exploring other opportunities. That means other countries.

For him, Canada is partly losing its brand image as a country of opportunity, of accessibility where you do not need to be super rich to be able to live there.

During his announcement on Thursday, Minister Miller also threatened to cap visas in provinces that do not help house students or that do not close college establishments. education which, according to him, should not have the right to distribute diplomas.

There are, in the provinces, "diploma mills" that just churn out diplomas, and that's not a legitimate student experience, Miller said.

He There is fraud and abuse and it must stop.

He said these measures are intended to ensure that international students are not vulnerable to unreliable employers and unscrupulous schools that deprive them of a decent life in Canada.

We still have a lot of exploitation of students that goes beyond their financial constraints, explains Jindi Singh, the national director of the NGO Khalsa Aid Canada. Many of them were exploited from the start by educational agents who pushed for them to enroll in certain courses. Because the agent receives significant fees from the college, he says.

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Jindi Singh runs Khalsa Aid, an NGO which provides, among other things, food and materials to hundreds of students across the country.

He also asks public authorities to go further to improve the experience of newcomers.

Food insecurity is a financial issue they face, but we also see other issues related to housing. And then the third area, perhaps more important, is health and their mental health.

For Mr. Singh, post-secondary institutions must better guide their students to the set of resources that they can turn to so that they really understand where they have arrived.

There is a question here wide. As Canadians, we must decide what we want from our post-secondary education systems.

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