Study permit application volumes reach pre-pandemic levels

Canada processed and accepted more international students in 2021 and reaches pre-pandemic levels. This year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processed about 730,000 new student permit applications by August 2021, which means a 27% increase over the same period from 2019. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the amount of new study permit applications fell by nearly half – from 847,852 applications in 2019 to just under 442,000 in 2020. Approximately 20% of all applications in 2021 were from India as well as other major countries, including Bangladesh, Colombia, Iran, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Vietnam.