More than 452,000 study permit applications have been in the first nine months of 2022. In 2021 which was a record year, 367,000 applications were processed. This represents a rise of 23 percent over last year. In addition, more than 135,000 applications have been handled from January 1, 2022, to the end of August 2022. The approval rate of all applications is 96%. Study permit applications and extensions are processed under the automated process. However, the pilot to automate study permit extensions does not automatically refuse or recommend the refusal of applications. An officer will still make any decision to refuse an application.