Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) Checker

Use this tool to find if you need Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) when applying for Canadian study permit.

Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL)

Not Required

Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL)


Canada made Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) mandatory for all new study permit applications starting January 2024 with certain exceptions. 

Who does not need a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL)?​

Not everyone needs a Provincial Attestation Letter. You don’t need a PAL, if you are:

  • Applying to study in a preschool, primary school, or secondary school (up to grade 12)
  • Applying to study in a master’s degree or doctoral degree program
  • In Canada and fall under one of the following situations:
    • Applying for a study permit extension
    • Holding a work permit
    • Being a temporary resident enrolled as a visiting or exchange student at a designated learning institution (DLI)
    • Being a temporary resident who has completed a prerequisite course or program of study for enrollment at a DLI
    • Under a removal order but currently unable to be removed from Canada
    • Holding a temporary resident permit valid for at least 6 months
    • A family member of a foreign national residing in Canada who is one of the following:
      • A study permit holder
      • A work permit holder
      • A temporary resident permit holder with a valid permit for at least 6 months
      • A member of armed forces from another country under the Visiting Forces Act
      • An accredited foreign government representative
      • A participant in certain sports activities or events
      • A worker in Canada employed by a foreign news company
      • A religious worker

PAL process by province

Province PAL process
Newfoundland and Labrador Coming soon
New Brunswick Coming soon
Nova Scotia Coming soon
Manitoba Coming soon
British Columbia Available here
Ontario Coming soon
Alberta Coming soon
Northwest Territories Coming soon
Prince Edward Island Coming soon
Quebec Coming soon
Yukon Coming soon
Nunavut Coming soon
Saskatchewan Coming soon

British Columbia provincial attestation letter (PAL)

British Columbia’s has started issuing provincial attestation letters as of March 4, 2024. 

As per the new process, British Columbia will be sending provincial attestation letters to institutions, and then institutions will be sending the letters to international students.

This letter will work as a proof that the student is within the maximum number allowed by the federal government for British Columbia.

british columbia provincial attestation letter (pal)

As per the new regulations by the federal government, B.C. can accept up to 83,000 undergraduate study permit applications in the year 2024.

The provincial attestation letters will be distributed with 53% going to public post-secondary institutions and 47% going to private institutions.

Frequently asked questions

All new study permit applications made after January 22, 2024 need to include PAL except for those falling in one of the categories above.

To study in Quebec for over 6 months, you’ll need a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) issued by the Government of Quebec. The government is exploring how the CAQ could function as a Provincial Attestation Letter.

No. You do not need a Provincial Attestation Letter (PAL) for Masters programs.

No. Study permit extension applicants do not require PAL.

Ontario and other provinces have until March 31, 2024 to create and publish processes for obtaining PALs. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

Government of Canada made PAL mandatory to control the number of international students and let provinces have more say in who gets approved.