Update from IRCC on study permit processing time

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

On May 4 the following email was shared with incoming international students for fall 2021


As an international student, you may be wondering if you will receive your study permit approval in time to come to Canada for the fall 2021 term:

  • On April 27, 2021, IRCC updated their study permit application processing timelines for students who are applying for a study permit from outside of Canada to begin studying for the upcoming fall 2021 term.
  • IRCC has confirmed that if they receive your complete study permit application by May 15, 2021, that you will receive a decision by August 6, 2021 (in time to enter Canada), for your fall 2021 term. To take advantage of these processing times, it’s very important that your application be complete when submitted.
  • IRCC may not be able to process your application by August 6, 2021 if you’re unable to submit a complete application because of COVID-19 restrictions which may restrict you from completing application requirements, such as biometrics or a medical exam.

If you have any questions about the study permit process or other immigration details, please reach out to one of our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs), who would be happy to assist you.

For the latest updates on the fall 2021 term, check the Graduate student information page on the COVID-19 website, including the section on International student support.

We wish you the best of luck in acquiring your immigration documentation and hope to see you in the fall!

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