Study permit processing times are decreasing for international students hoping to study in Canada, according to a new article from Meti Basiri of ApplyBoard that draws on data from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). An examination of the processing times from Iran, Philippines, Mexico, India, and South Korea found an increase in processing times for new study permits in 2020. The processing times then subsequently decreased in 2021, nearly to pre-pandemic levels. The number of source countries that are experienced wait times lower than 50 days also grew to 64 countries in spring 2021. Basiri expects processing times to continue to trend downward and to return to 2019 durations by the end of the year, and warns that this will be critical for Canada to remain competitive as other countries reopen.