Everything You Need to Know About the Nigerian Student Express Program

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Canada is one of the top destinations to study for international students. According to CIC news, Nigerians were the fourth most represented nationality among Canada’s new permanent residents in 2019. This is not surprising because of the benefits available to students who want to study in Canada from Nigeria. In light of this, Canada introduced a new pilot program, the Nigerian Student Express (NSE), for prospective international students from Nigeria seeking to study at the country’s colleges and universities. This initiative is aimed at facilitating the study permit application process at a quicker pace.

What is the Nigerian Student Express initiative?

Before the Nigerian Student Express, the average processing times for study permit application for Nigerian students was around eight weeks. But with the NSE, Nigerian students can now process their study permit in 20 days or even less. IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) said in a tweet, “Nigeria Student Express is a pilot initiative at our 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. It was introduced to prospective students and their parents at EduCanada fairs in Abuja and Lagos in January 2020.”

The NSE differs from Student Direct Stream (SDS). Though they are both designed to expedite the study permit process for students, SDS is only open to students from China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, and Vietnam. However, the NSE is only for students from Nigeria who have received admission letters for degree studies. The NSE also uses a different financial verification within known as MyBankStatement.

What are the Nigerian Student Express Requirements?

Like most study permit processes, there are rules that make you eligible for the program. The following are the eligibility requirements for NSE.

  •       You must be living outside of Canada when you apply.
  •       You must score a minimum of 6 on the Canadian Language Benchmark test.
  •       You need to be a Nigerian citizen or legal resident of Nigeria.
  •       You must have an offer of admission from a Canadian post-secondary institute for a Bachelors, Masters, PhD or post-graduate diploma.
  •       You must have the equivalent of 30,000 Canadian dollars in your bank account for at least 6 months.
  •       You must attach your ticket number from MyBankStatement (A special type of bank statement).
  •       You must undergo a medical exam.
  •       You must get a police clearance letter. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Nigerian Student Express Canada.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the NES.

  •       What is MyBankStatement for NES?

 That one-page ticket generated by your bank meant to replace the conventional paper-based bank statements that are usually submitted in visa applications is what’s known as MyBankStatement. On it is a unique passcode and ticket number the embassy requires to check that your account holdings are genuine.

  •       Which banks in Nigeria issue MyBankStatement?

The following banks can issue you a MyBankStatement:

  • Stanbic Bank
  • Access Bank
  • Zenith Bank
  • Polaris Bank
  • Guaranty Trust Bank
  • First City Monument Bank
  • Heritage Banking Company
  • Ecobank
  • United Bank for Africa
  • Sterling Bank
  • Fidelity Bank
  • Union Bank
  • Wema Bank.
  •       Do I have to submit a MyBankStatement for NES?

Yes. You may do so for Canadian Visa Application either by printing it for submission along with your paper visa application or upload the soft copy as part of your online visa application. 

Currently, the information on Nigeria Student Express is not yet on the Government of Canada website. However, we think that this is due to the program being a pilot initiative. If you would love to learn more about the Nigerian Student Process and how Maple Education Canada can facilitate a speedy admission process to study in Canada, check out our services.

Also read: The Benefits of Studying In Canada from Nigeria

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This Post Has 41 Comments

  1. Ifeoluwayimika Oyewusi

    pls do you submit your medical exam with your application or you wait till the embassy ells you to undergo the exam

    1. Lydia Ume

      Hi Ifeoluwayimika,
      The medical exam will be submitted with your application. Thank you.

      1. Kenny

        Hi, can you use letter of English proficiency in place of the Canadian benchmark test?

        1. Fayehun

          Yes you can

          1. Lauretta

            Can I use IELTS academic to apply??

          2. Mubo Olabode

            Yes, you can, you can fill out our admission form to begin your application

    2. Canadavisa

      You will do the medicals before hand

  2. Sommy

    Must I write ioelts exam to apply through the NSE

    1. Canadavisa

      Yes you do. Very important

  3. scholar

    Can I come with my children study through NSE

  4. Sofiat

    If I’m not able to provide mybankstatement can I use a reference letter as an alternative and still be able to apply through the NSE process?

    1. Maple Education

      What sort of reference letter do you mean?

  5. Gift

    What type of IELTS is needed for NSE and what are the required band score for each module

    1. Canadavisa

      Academics is preferred and you must get a band of 6 in each subject

      1. Hal

        Preferred? Does that mean I can use IELTS General to apply?


      2. Oluwadamilare Bello

        Can I use my expired IELTS result to apply for NSE?

        1. Mubo Olabode

          Sorry, you can not. You have to rewrite your IELTS, begin the process by filling out our inquiry form mapleeducation.ca/inquiry-form

  6. Taiwo

    How can i apply for NSE

  7. Amara

    Pls is this platform open for students with sponsors? Thanks

  8. Dare

    Hi. What is the process for applying for the medical exam

  9. Otubu Ayomide

    My mum is my sponsor and she uses first bank
    First bank is not among the banks listed

    I don’t know what to do

  10. Kalu chika

    If I have 5.0 in one of the language skills while the rest are above 6 with a band score of 6 will I get the students visa

  11. Tti

    I think the NSE is just another initiative to further extort Nigerians, cause what the heck are all this requirements? If a university gives admission to a student, then why would NSE still require ielts, something the University didn’t find useful? I am sure the person with this “brilliant idea” of NSE is a a Nigerian too, who probably just looking for how to cash out at the expense of his kins

    1. Bishop

      You are 100%correct

    2. Kamal J.

      You actually missed his point which he clearly stated considering the fact that Nigeria is an English-speaking country. It’s totally pointless having to write IELTS, he was not disregarding the whole initiative but the requirement for the English test. If you look closely, you will notice the countries in the SDS are not english speaking hence, Nigeria stands out.

    3. Teewhy

      Your level of reasoning is low sha.

  12. Boli

    Do you still qualify for the NSE if you are pursuing a college diploma program?

    1. Olusola

      This is exactly my question

  13. Kamal J.

    Well, I do have a question. There are several ways to show proof of funds including the ‘MyBankStatement’ . If I opted for other means of proof. I truly think it should be sufficient for the NSS . Just a thought.

  14. Tracy

    Hello, can i use IELTS general to apply for NSE?
    And do i qualify if i’m pursuing a post graduate diploma

  15. Agatha Ajaponna

    Hi, I want to apply for visa through NSE . But I have some doubt to clear. I have been working in Saudi Arabia for the past 2 years, my contract will round up this July and will return to Nigeria by August. But i want to start applying for visa to Canada and I would like to use my bank statement in Saudi for submission. What do I do regarding ‘my bank statement ‘ since Saudi banks are not included in the list of banks that will generate that special ticket. And I need to show account statement for at least 6 months.

    1. Mubo Olabode

      Hello, we would advise that you come back to Nigeria to apply, or you write a letter of explanation detailing your situation and getting your bank to write a reference letter confirming your account holdings.

  16. Stanley

    The 30,000 CAD needed in one’s account, is it just living expenses only or living expenses with Tuition fee together?

    1. Mubo Olabode

      Unfortunately, that can’t be answered here, but we can schedule you in for a meeting. Would you be open to that?

  17. Emmanuel

    can TOEFL be used as an English language requirement

  18. Motunrayo

    I applied for study permit and got refusal letter can I re apply through NSE? Will I need ielts to reapply?

    1. Mubo Olabode

      Yes you would need IELTS to apply. You can begin your application by filling out our inquiry form – mapleeducation.ca/inquiry-form

  19. Omo

    Can a waiver from school qualify one on the NSE requirement?

    1. Mubo Olabode

      Unfortunately thats not possible

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