Provincial Attestation Letters

FAQ: Provincial Attestation Letters

The following frequently asked questions (FAQ) are designed to provide clarity on the processes and requirements involved in obtaining a provincial attestation letter (PAL) when applying to study in Canada.

A provincial attestation letter affirms for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that a student has been accounted for within the provincial or territorial allocation of study permits. If required, you must include a PAL with your study permit application. Please see “Will I need a PAL for my study permit application?” below to know if you require a PAL.

Please visit the Government of Canada Provincial Attestation Letter web page for more information.

Most post-secondary study permit applicants and applicants of non-degree granting graduate programs (for example, certificate programs and graduate diplomas) will need a PAL.

For a detailed list of individuals who do not need a PAL, visit the Government of Canada Provincial Attestation Letter web page.

If you submitted your study permit application prior to 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 22, 2024, you do not need to submit a PAL.

Please note that you do not need a PAL if you have a study permit and are applying for a study permit extension.

For a detailed list of individuals who do not need a PAL, visit the Government of Canada Provincial Attestation Letter web page.

If you are exempt from the PAL requirement, you may continue with the application process to receive an OOA and LOA.

PALs are issued 3-5 business days after all PAL requirements are met and received.

Contact your agent or info@canadianctb.ca should you need additional information regarding PAL requirements.

Please note that PALs and CLOAs/LOAs will be issued together for applications received after March 18, 2024.

A delay in receiving your PAL may be due to:

  • An incomplete PAL Assessment form
  • An outstanding PAL Assessment fee
  • An outstanding tuition deposit
  • A missing Contract Amendment signature
  • Failure to attend a follow-up interview after the PAL Assessment

You will be notified via the email address used in your application that your PAL is available on your Student Portal. You will be notified 3-5 business days after all PAL requirements are met and received.

To access your PAL, follow these step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Log in to the Student Portal using your email and password.

Step 2: Click on“ Provincial Attestation Letter” under “Issued Letters” on the home page.

The CCTB PAL Assessment Questionnaire (PAL Assessment) is a tool used by the Office of the Registrar to determine the likelihood of an applicant obtaining a positive study permit application outcome and identify adjustments that can be made to study permit applications to improve the possibility of a positive outcome.

Based on the information you provide in the PAL Assessment you may be:

  • Issued a PAL
  • Summoned for a follow-up interview
  • Declined a PAL

Please note that if you do not receive a PAL, we encourage you to reapply after the January 2025 Intake.

The PAL Assessment fee is CAD $750 and is non-refundable once a PAL has been issued. Applicants may receive a full refund of the PAL Assessment fee if they have been declined a PAL and choose to withdraw their application. For students who obtain their authorization to study and have enrolled in CCTB programs, the PAL fee may be credited towards a future tuition fee instalment.

Please note that all refunds must comply with CCTB’s Tuition Refund Policy.

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a PAL Assessment link via the email address you provided. The email will have the subject line: CCTB – Provincial Attestation Letter Process: Notice of PAL Assessment.

Please check your spam or junk folders to ensure receipt of this email.

Corrections to PALs are not permitted. Once a PAL has been issued, it cannot be revised. Please ensure all personal information provided for the PAL is accurate and up to date.

PALs being issued at this time are valid until January 21, 2025, unless otherwise specified. Current PAL holders may defer their enrolment to one of the following intakes:

  • July 2024
  • September 2024
  • November 2024
  • January 2025

Please note that all deferrals must comply with the CCTB Deferment of Enrolment Policy.

PALs being issued at this time will remain valid until January 21, 2025, unless otherwise specified. Eligible CCTB intakes for current PAL holders include:

  • May 2024
  • July 2024
  • September 2024
  • November 2024
  • January 2025

Your agent is permitted to assist you with your PAL Assessment upon your request. Please ensure all personal information provided for the PAL is accurate and up to date.

Contact info@canadianctb.ca if you require further assistance or additional information regarding the PAL process.

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We acknowledge that the territories on which CCTB and its campus are situated are the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We thank them for having cared for this land since time immemorial, honour their graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here, and iterate our dedication to valuing the ongoing contributions of Indigenous peoples and communities.