Canada introduces program to fast-track study permit processing from Nigeria
The number of Nigerian international students studying in Canada is increasing every year, and now Canada is introducing a new pilot program intended to help expedite the study permit application process.
The Nigeria Student Express (NSE) pilot is for Nigerians who have been accepted to a Canadian post-secondary institution, according to an unconfirmed post on Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s Twitter page. It says eligible candidates need to have been accepted to a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree program, or a post-graduate diploma course.
The post suggests that Canada is aiming to process study applications within 20 days through the NSE.
“Nigeria Student Express is a pilot initiative at our Visa Office (VO) in Lagos aimed at improving processing times for study permit applicants in Nigeria who are planning to study at the university level in Canada,” IRCC said in a tweet, “It was introduced to prospective students and their parents at EduCanada fairs in Abuja and Lagos in January 2020.”
The IRCC Twitter page encourages readers to contact the Visa Office in Lagos for more information.
IRCC was unable to provide CIC News with more details on the pilot before the deadline. The spokesperson said they need more time to confirm information with their mission in Nigeria.
1/2 Hi. Nigeria Student Express is a pilot initiative at our visa office (VO) in Lagos aimed at improving processing times for study permit applicants in Nigeria who are planning to study at the university level in Canada.
— IRCC (@CitImmCanada) February 26, 2020
Nigerian immigration to Canada has been booming in recent years. In 2019, Nigerians were the fourth most represented nationality among new permanent residents.
A considerable number of Nigerians choose Canada as a place of study. Last year a total of 11,985 study permit holders were from Nigeria, making it the ninth most popular source country for international students.
This story will be updated as more details come available.
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