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IRCC officials discuss study permit backlog and new recommendations at CBIE symposium

August 14, 2022

By CIC News |

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is reporting an unprecedented surge in demand for study permits from international students. According to ICEF Monitor, the numbers are continuing to increase as pandemic restrictions are loosen around the globe and students are returning to Canada to begin or complete their post-secondary education.

The increase in applications for study permits was a topic of conversation at a recent virtual symposium by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CIBE). Officials from IRCC were present to discuss the volume of applications they have received as students move away from online programs and return to classrooms in Canada.

“While COVID had quite an impact on our immigration programs, we’ve seen a strong recovery,” said Cynthia Ralickas, a director for IRCC. “Recent study permit figures have surpassed the pre-pandemic levels with over 500,000 study permits being issued in 2021 and over 600,000 study permits being active in Canada as of the end of 2021.”

The first four months of 2022 saw most applications coming from India, the Philippine’s, Nigeria, and Colombia. India and the Philippines are two of the largest sources of immigrants to Canada.

Canada has a reputation for being a desirable place to study for international students. The most recent report on international students by CBIE says that Canada’s reputation for safety and stability is a major deciding factor in where students from abroad choose to study.

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