A new report examining the study permit process has found that implicit biases within Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada may be affecting how applications are processed. The report says that applications from African countries may be especially affected and mentions “widespread” stereotyping and racist references to African nations. CBC says that Nigeria had only 12% of its applications accepted in the first half of 2020, while countries such as Japan and Korea saw acceptance rates of over 90%. In addition, the Nigerian Student Express program requires a higher burden of proof and requires students to complete language proficiency tests, though most study applications coming through this program are denied. CBC Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.