IRCC reports more than 730,000 new student permit applications through August 2021, a roughly 27% increase over the same period from 2019. More than half of the total volume of applications year-to-date were filed between January and May this year.

That surge in application volumes correlates to a significant deadline for IRCC processing. The immigration ministry had earlier advised that all completed applications received by 15 May 2021 would be processed by 6 August 2021. IRCC has since said that, excepting incomplete applications, nearly all files received by that deadline were processed on time. Immigration officials are working to process files received after 15 May as quickly as possible.

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