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Canada’s Nigeria Student Express Pilot helps to fast-track study permit

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Canada has announced that it will shorten study permit processing for Nigerians from an average of eight weeks to 20 days through the Nigeria Student Express pilot program.

The Nigeria Student Express (NSE) pilot was launched by Canada’s Acting High Commissioner, Paul Gibbard during the 2020 EduCanada Fair in January 2020, in Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria Student Express is a pilot initiative at Canada’s Visa Office (VO) in Lagos aimed at improving processing times for study permit applicants in Nigeria who are planning to study at the university level in Canada.

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Unfortunately the intervening coronavirus pandemic diverted news attention from this important development. Moreover, because it was a regional announcement made at a fair to prospective students and their parents (not by IRCC official NR in Ottawa, Canada), the news was taken with skepticism by Nigerians who have become too wary of immigration scams and fraud.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

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The Nigeria Student Express has still not been officially posted on IRCC website as at September 1, 2020, but AfriCanada has obtained an official copy of the pilot, posted below:

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Nigeria Student Express is real. The Canadian High Commission released the following statement and photos on its Facebook page about the NSE:

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Prospective students also took to twitter to inquire of the legitimacy of the program.

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NSE will booster the success of Nigerians applying for Canada study permits and improve Nigeria’s ranking among source countries of international students in Canada. At the time of the announcement Nigeria already ranked 9th as a source country of Canada international students, with 11,985 study permit holders at the end of 2019.

Eligibility for Nigeria Student Express

The Nigeria Student Express resembles the Student Direct Stream (SDS), a pathway introduced for expedited study permit processing for residents of China, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan, Senegal, and Morocco. According to IRCC, prospective students must:

  • have a letter of admission for a Bachelor, Master’s or PhD degree program, or other graduate-level studies
  • from a Canadian designated learning institution
  • apply using the secure financial verification system, MyBank, to show that they have sufficient funds for their studies in Canada (MyBank is available from the principal commercial banks in Nigeria)

In addition, to be fully eligible:

  1. You must have scored 6 each in IELTs Academic
  2. You must have the equivalent of 30,000 Canadian dollars in your bank account for at least 6 months. You must attached your ticket number from MyBankStatement (A special type of bank statement).
  3. You must undergo a medical exam.
  4. You must get a police clearance letter.

Nigerians are eligible to work while you are studying in Canada. In addition, your spouse or common law partner is eligible to come with you and work in Canada during your study period. All they have to do is apply for a spousal open work permit.

See also Applying for Canada Study Permit – Step-byStep Guidelines


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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.