An update on the international study permit process: A message from the Provost

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Provost Susan Tighe provides an update on supports for international students now that the Ontario government has released information on the attestation letters that all new study permits will require. 

I’m writing to provide an update on the changes to the undergraduate student visa process initiated by the federal government.  The Ontario government has now released the process for the attestation letters that all new study permits will require.

At McMaster, I am grateful for the “all hands on deck” approach that has been taken up across campus to support our international applicants as the changes being made to the application system are complicated.

Recruiters are ready to support international applicants to confirm their interest and to help them understand how to apply for provincial attestation letters that are required before they can apply for a study permit.

We have also been working closely with the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) to seamlessly integrate our work in supporting all applicants. This detailed work is being coordinated and prioritized to put McMaster in the best possible position to convert applicants into future McMaster students.

McMaster is a global university.  We are committed to welcoming international students who bring important new perspectives, knowledge and ideas to our community.  As we support every applicant, we will continue to ensure that they benefit from McMaster’s unique educational experience and the wrap-around supports to help them succeed.

While the incoming cohort of international undergraduate students are impacted, master’s and doctoral degree students are not included in the government caps.

I encourage you to go to this FAQ, which will answer questions on a broad range of topics, including which applicants will need an attestation letter.

I want to thank everyone at McMaster for their dedication to supporting international students.

The new requirements were introduced partway through the 2024-25 admission cycle, and I know that many of you worked tirelessly to quickly put in place a process to support students and the institution and to enhance our recruitment efforts.

We look forward to welcoming students from around the world this September as they begin their journeys at McMaster.


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Susan Tighe
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)