IRCC expands Students Direct Stream (SDS): 7 new countries added.
The fast-track study permit program allows students to expedite the process for a study permit to study at a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) in Canada.
Designated Learning Institutes are post-secondary educational institutions, colleges and universities that can admit new international students with authorization from the Canadian government. The 7 new countries are:
While processing times for study permits vary by country and can easily take several months, eligible candidates for SDS can get their study permit processed in as few as 20 days on average. Before applying under SDS potential international students need to receive a Letter of Acceptance (LoA) from a DLI. Once they have received the LoA they can submit their application to IRCC. A study permit authorizes a foreign individual to start or pursue a study in Canada to further their education.
The following criteria must be met to be eligible for faster processing through the Student Direct Stream:
- be a legal resident living in 1 of the following countries:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
You also must:
- have an acceptance letter from a post-secondary designated learning institution
- live outside of Canada when you apply
- have proof you have paid your tuition for your first year of study
- have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$10,000
- have a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration
- This is only if you’re planning to study in Quebec
- get a medical exam before you apply (if you need one)
- get a police certificate before you apply (if you need one)
- have your most recent secondary or post-secondary school transcript(s)
- have a language test result that shows either:
- an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic or general training score of 6.0 or higher in each skill (reading, writing, speaking and listening), or
- a Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) score that is equal to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of at least 7 in each skill (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
Depending on where you’re applying from, you may also need to provide other documents. Make sure you include all the documents required by the visa office that processes your application.
The SDS started in 2018 focusing on four countries (India, China, the Philippines and Vietnam). It was extended to Pakistan, Senegal and Morocco in 2019. It gives foreign students greater certainty about their application being successful and speeds up the processing time.
If you are interested in obtaining a study permit (no matter SDS or regular), please drop us a line or call us. We will gladly help with all your immigration matters.