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Get a study permit through the Student Direct Stream

Now international students can get their study permits faster by using the Student Direct Stream.

Who can apply

You can apply if you’re a legal resident in:

  • China
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Vietnam

If you live in another country (even if you’re a citizen of one of the countries above), you have to apply through the regular study permit application process.

How to qualify for SDS (Student Direct Stream Program).

To support the growth in study permit applications, IRCC announced the Student Direct Stream (SDS), which is available to students applying for a study permit from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines, Pakistan, Morocco and Senegal. Students from those countries who demonstrate upfront that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada will benefit from faster processing times.

To qualify for SDS (Student Direct Stream) program, applicants need to meet additional requirements, in particular language levels that are stricter than regular study permit requirements. Students who do not have all of the additional information required for SDS can apply through the regular study permit application process, either online or at a Visa Application Center.

The SDS (Student Direct Stream) programcomplements the Express Entry system as these students will be well placed to continue on the path to permanent residence and Canadian citizenship after completing their studies in Canada, if they wish to.

IRCC is committed to finding ways to improve its International Student Program by making its services faster, easier and more accessible. The success of the SDS (Student Direct Stream) program will be evaluated with the intention to expand the program in 2020.

Documents you need for your application

You must include these documents with your application:

  • A copy of your acceptance letter from a designated learning institution
  • A copy of your upfront medical exam confirmation document
  • Proof that you have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000
  • Proof that you’ve paid the tuition fees for your first year of study, and
  • The student should have finished its secondary, or post secondary program from their home country in first class.
  • Eligible English Score
    • IELTS: (International English Language Testing System) 6.0 and higher in each language skill: listening, reading, writing and speaking
    • TEF: (Test d’Evaluation de Français)  score that is equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of at least 7 for each ability: at least 310 for speaking, 249 for listening, 207 for reading and 310 for writing

On Study permit approval

Once the study permit is approved the immigration will issue the passport request. The student has to mail passport to the closest VAC (Visa Application Center).

After the passport is stamped the student can start planning to arrive in Canada. However, the student has make sure that they are not arriving to early, or too late to start for their programs. The average arrival time is 3 weeks before the program start date.

On arrival the student is issued the study permit, that has be saved by the student.

The study permit is valid until the end of the school program, if the program is not finished and the study permit is expiring, the students can always extend their study permits, before their study permit expires.

We have official representations from over 40 + colleges and universities in Canada and assist student with their admission process. Student can initiate this process right from their home / office simply by dropping us an email at admission@careerabroad.ca. All we need is the scan of your documents and some information. We can also assist you with visa application process. We can be reached through whatsapp +1-647-648-2525 for further assistance.


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