African international student advisory agents are alleging bias over sustained low rates of student permits approvals for applications to study in Canada, when compared to those for the rest of the world.
The number of new study permits issued by the Canadian government increased by 5.4% in 2015, according to the latest figures from IRCC, which also show that international students spend more than $11.4bn in Canada annually.
Educators in Canada have voiced their concern over the impact of a rule change that will mean international students completing a pathway programme before postsecondary study must obtain a separate study permit for each course.
Students from Nigeria must wait an average of 216 days for a study permit to be processed for them to study in Canada, according to statistics published by CBIE. The data shows an overall rise in study permit processing times in 2015.
Multiple internal government reviews have revealed delays and errors in visa processing in Canada, seeing processing times increase by a third for study permits and double for permanent residence permits.
The number of tertiary-level study permits issued so far this year by the Canadian government has already surpassed the number issued in the whole of 2013, and Canada's HE sector is on track to welcome a record number of international students in 2014.