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Processing time for study permits to Canada

What is the Processing Time for a Study Visa Application to Canada?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) study visa processing time is between 3 to 12 weeks depending on the country. The processing time on the IRCC website is for all countries. Our StudyInsight fetches live data from IRCC, but we display it per country.

The processing time starts when IRCC receives a complete study visa application with a valid passport, acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution and provincial attestation letter (if require). The processing times vary by country and the visa office.

What are the Acceptance and Refusal Rates for Study Visas to Canada?

The acceptance rate for Canadian study visa fluctuates annually, with an average of around 60% of applications being approved. This implies a refusal rate of around 40%. These rates can significantly vary depending on the educational institution and depending on the specifics of many international students.

Our StudyInsight, above, provides international students with detailed information on acceptance rates at specific universities and colleges in Canada, and study visa processing time IRCC.

As you will see, the acceptance rate varies by designated learning institutions which will host international students. You should apply well in advance for your study permit application since there might be processing delays. Most students will apply months before their admission to avoid any delays. Learn more how we review study permits and check for 60+ issues with our super powerful algorithm.

When Should I Apply for a Study Permit in Canada?

To ensure timely processing, IRCC advises students to apply for their study visa as soon as they receive an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (such as a university or college). Early application is key to avoiding delays, especially during peak periods. Even if you already have a visitor visa, you should apply for your study permit ahead of time.

How Many Students are Accepted for a Study Permit in Canada?

Canada processes study permit applications from all countries, with the number of applications varying widely. Some countries might submit as few as 30 applications, while others contribute over 200,000.

To gain a deeper understanding of the number of study permit applications and acceptance rates from your country, utilize our StudyInsight tool for tailored information.

How long is the processing time for a study visa from India?

As of March 18, 2024, the processing time for a study permit from India is 7 weeks. Keep in mind that India is eligible for the Student Direct Stream (SDS), which has a shorter processing time compared to ordinary, non-SDS stream study permits.

Our StudyInsight tool provides you with processing time for study permits for applications from India.

How does IRCC process study visas?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) adheres to a "first in, first out" method for processing study visas for many international students. This systematic approach ensures fairness, as IRCC processes applications in the sequence they are received. Timeliness and completeness of your application are therefore crucial.

If your study permit application is found incomplete due to missing information, IRCC will not process it further. Instead, your application will be returned, and you will need to reapply, ensuring that all required information and documents are included. This can significantly delay your study plans, as you re-enter the processing queue and might even delay your study permit acceptance.

Moreover, providing inconsistent or unclear information can also impede the approval process. Such discrepancies might not only lead to a refusal but could also trigger a request for additional documentation and lead to processing delays. This request extends the processing time as IRCC awaits your response.

It's essential to meticulously review your application before submission. Double-check all entered information for accuracy and completeness, and ensure that all required documents are provided to avoid delays. By submitting a complete and accurate application initially, you can avoid unnecessary delays and increase your chances of a successful study permit approval.

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